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Costume design - Hugh Durrant costume design
  • Hugh Durrant costume design
    Durrant, Hugh, born 1947
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Hugh Durrant costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1992 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pencil crayon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hugh Durrant

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Les Dawson as Ada the Cook in the "Ship" scene. The design depicts a full length male figure wearing a pantomime dame costume. The costume consists of a blue & white striped dress worn under a large white life ring around the hips which is decorated with small anchors and blue and white rope. The figure also wears a pink sash around the waist with the word "fatho" written on it in yellow lettering; a pink under blouse; a large decorative necklace made of blue and white rope; a pair of pink earrings in the shape of ship wheels; a pair of pink tights and blue shoes; and an elaborate hat in the shape of a life ring and anchor.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)


1992 (Drawn)


Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pencil crayon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Durrant 1992 '
Signature; date; Lower right hand corner.; handwriting; pencil; Durrant, Hugh

Textual information; Lower right hand side.; handwriting; pencil; Durrant, Hugh


Height: 420 mm, Width: 296 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Hugh Durrant is part of a group of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 1994. The design was executed for a production of the pantomime "Dick Whittington" performed at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 19th December 1992. The show was directed by Roger Redfarn, and the lighting was designed by Jenny Cane. The cast included Les Dawson as Ada the Cook, and Michelle Dotrice as the Spirit of the Bells.

Historical significance: An excellent example of late 20th century costume design for pantomime, which is currently poorly represented in the Theatre Museum Collection.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Hugh Durrant for Les Dawson as Ada the Cook in the "Ship" scene of "Dick Whittington", Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1992.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Pencil; Paper; Pencil crayon



Subjects depicted

Drag; Cooks; Costume design; Pantomime


Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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