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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, and Crayon, on Paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Robert Thomas as The Duke of Mantua disguised as a student in Act II. The design depicts a full length male figure wearing late 16th century style costume. The costume consists of a pink and brown doublet and hose; white shirt; black boots; and purple cloak. The figure carries a brown hat with yellow feather in his left hand. Below the figure is a biro drawing showing the back view of the cloak. 3 Fabric swatches are attached to the left hand edge of the design, and 1 other is attached 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, and Crayon, on Paper

Marks and inscriptions

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

' DUKE / as "Student" / Trousers Act I / Boots - (Old Pair) / Tunic + Shirt - (in one / for quick change) / Cloak (removed for / Act 4) '
Textual information; Upper left hand corner.; handwriting; Ballpoint pen

' Cloak - removed for / Act 4 - '
Textual information; Lower left hand side of the design.; handwriting; Ballpoint pen

' 2 '
Textual information; Upper right hand corner; handwriting; crayon


Height: 556 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 Robert Thomas as the Duke of Mantua disguised as a Student in Act II of Rigoletto, Sadler's Wells Opera, Sadler's Wells, September 21st 1955. Pencil, Ink, Crayon.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Pencil; Ink; Ballpoint pen; Crayon


Painted; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Dukes; Opera; Students; Costumes


Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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