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Costume design

Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1971 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tingey, Cynthia (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and gouache on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cynthia Tingey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design for the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella, showing two full length female figures. The left hand figure is short and dumpy and wears an ankle length bathrobe in orange, decorated all over with a pattern of orange, yellow and blue fish, the wrap-over front, cuffs and hem trimmed with a large orange and blue striped frill, the blue belt tied with a large bow. She wears a bathcap of white petals decorated on top with a pink bow. The right hand figure is tall and thin and wears a similar bathrobe of less exaggerated cut in pink decorated with pink, yellow and blue fish, trimmed with a yellow and pink striped frill, and tied with a yellow belt. She wears her hair tied up with yellow ribbon. The background is painted in grey-brown gouache. The design is signed and dated and inscribed with the names of the actors and the characters and, on the reverse, with the names of the actors.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1971 (painted)


Tingey, Cynthia (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Cynthia Tingey -'71'
Signature; Lower right hand corner; Handwriting; Ink

Textual information; Upper left hand corner; Handwriting; Felt tip pen

'Julian Orchard - Terry Scott'
Textual information; Reverse; Handwriting; Ballpoint pen


Height: 376 mm, Width: 272 mm

Object history note

This is one of a collection of designs for pantomime and cabaret, given to the Theatre Museum by the designer, Cynthia Tingey, who created the costumes for 15 of the annual London Palladium pantomimes. This design was made for the pantomime, Cinderella, at the London Palladium, 21 December 1971. The production was directed by Albert J. Knight. The Ugly Sisters, here called Teresa and Julia Hardup, were played by Terry Scott (Teresa) and Julian Orchard (Julia).

Historical significance: An example of pantomime costume design of the second half of the 20th century and of the work of a designer who specialised in pantomime and variety design. It is also an example of a design for a pantomime dame.

Descriptive line

Design by Cynthia Tingey for the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella, London Palladium, 1971


Ink; Gouache; Paper


Painting; Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Costume; Drag; Pantomime


Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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