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Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1966 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on Photocopy Paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Photocopy of a costume design with pencil additions for Queen Elizabeth I. The design depicts a full length female figure in an "Elizabethan" style costume. The costume consists of an elaborately patterned and decorated farthingale dress with a lace edged open ruff. The figure holds a feather fan in her right hand.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1966 (Drawn)


Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on Photocopy Paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Gauze / ribbon / with Gold / lace edge / Gold / Gauze / ribbon / Gauze / Gold / Pailettes / or buttons / ord '
Textual information; Along the left hand side of the figure.; handwriting; pencil

' Tents / Cutouts / + Flags / Behind / Stairs / Approx / Tracing / of tents '
Textual information; Along the left hand edge of the design.; handwriting; pencil


Height: 417 mm, Width: 240 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Alix Stone is part of an extensive collection of designs purchased by the Theatre Museum directly from the artist in 1994. The design was executed for a production of Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana" by the Sadler's Wells Opera at Sadler's Wells, October 21st 1966. The libretto by William Plomer is based on Lytton Strachey's book "Elizabeth and Essex". The opera was produced by Colin Graham, conducted by Mario Bernardi, choroegraphed by Peter Darrell, and lit by Charles Bristow. Sylvia Fisher sang the role of Queen Elizabeth I, John Wakefield was Essex, and John Cameron was Cecil. The production was revived at Sadler's Wells in September 1967, and March 1968. It was also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 1968.

In February 1969 the designs were revised by Alix Stone when Sadler's Wells Opera (later English National Opera) moved to the much larger stage of the London Coliseum. This revised production was revived at the Coliseum in August 1972, February 1975, and March 1984 (when it was recorded for Channel 4 TV and released on video). The production also toured to the Vienna Volksoper in June 1975; and to the USA where it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in the summer of 1984.

Descriptive line

Photocopy of a costume design with pencil additions by Alix Stone for Queen Elizabeth I in "Gloriana", Sadler's Wells Opera at Sadler's Wells, October 21st, 1966

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Ink; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Costume design; Opera


Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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