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  • Costume design
    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010
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Costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1955 (Painted, Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, Ballpoint pen, Ink, Crayon, and White Paint, on Paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Frederick Sharp as Rigoletto in Act I. The design depicts a full length male figure wearing late 16th century style costume. The costume consists of green, yellow, black & red parti-coloured doublet and hose, worn with a white ruff, black cloak and boots. The figure holds a red and yellow jester's hat in his right hand, and in his left he carries a "jester's sceptre" in the shape of a jester's head with cap and ruff. 4 Fabric swatches are pinned to the upper left hand corner.

Place of Origin

London (probably, designed)


1955 (Painted, Drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, Ballpoint pen, Ink, Crayon, and White Paint, on Paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Alix Stone '
Signature; Lower right hand corner.; handwriting; ink

Textual information; Across the bottom of the design.; handwriting; pencil

' Cloak / T**** / of coat / Same as / Rigoletto's / Hat / Red / Russet '
NOTE : some of these letters/words are indistinct.
Textual information; Along the right hand side of the figure.; handwriting; pencil

' Verdi - Rigoletto - (Himself) / Sadler's Wells Theatre '
Textual information; On reverse upper edge of the design.; handwriting; pencil


Height: 555 mm, Width: 380 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 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto", performed by Sadler's Wells Opera at Sadler's Wells, September 21st 1955. The production was translated by Edward J. Dent; conducted by Leo Quayle; and directed by Powell Lloyd (who also designed the scenery). The dances were arranged by Peter Wright. The cast included Robert Thomas, Frederick Sharp, Marjorie Shires, and Anna Pollak.

The production was revived by the Sadler's Wells Opera in January 1956, December 1956, January 1957, January 1958, October 1961, and January 1963.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Alix Stone for Frederick Sharp as Rigoletto in Act I of "Rigoletto", Sadler's Wells Opera, Sadler's Wells, September 21st 1955

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Pencil; Ink; Crayon; Paint; Ballpoint pen


Painted; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Opera; Jesters; Costumes


Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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