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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, drawn)

  • Date:

    1993 (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:

    S.753-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Alan Simmons as Captain Birdseye and Keith Simmons as Findus, the mate in Act I scene 1. The design depicts two full length male figures wearing pantomime costume. The figure on the left wears a blue and white striped jacket with sailor collar; blue & white striped tight trousers; blue "bucket" style boots; a red belt worn around the waist; and a large white hat with a blue band at the edge, decorated on the brim with a pair of white bird wings and a minature life belt. The figure on the left wears a blue and white striped sailor shirt; yellow ragged trousers tied with a piece of rope at the waist; blue and white striped socks; fawn coloured ankle boots; and a white "sailor" style stocking cap.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, drawn)

Date

1993 (Drawn)

Artist/maker

Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pencil crayon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Durrant 1993 '
Signature; date; Lower right hand corner.; handwriting; pencil crayon; Durrant, Hugh

' CAPTAIN & MATE / ACT 1 SC. 1 / SIMMONS BROTHERS '
Textual information; Upper right hand corner.; handwriting; pencil crayon; Durrant, Hugh

' headscarf / under '
Textual information; Upper left hand side.; handwriting; pencil; Durrant, Hugh

Dimensions

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 Birmingham Hippodrome on 22nd December 1993. The show was directed by Carole Todd, and the lighting was designed by Andrew Gardner. The cast included Lesley Joseph as Fairy Bow Bells, John Nettles as King Rat, Rosemarie Ford as Dick, Jeffrey Holland as Ada the Cook, and Wayne Sleep as Tommy the Cat.

The production was filmed for inclusion in the National Video Archive of Stage Performance at the Theatre Museum in February 1994 (Catalogue numbers 94/04/V/9001 and 94/04/V/9002 ). These designs were partly acquired as a compliment to the film with the aim of recording the creative progress from the designer's drawings to their realisation on stage.

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 Alan Simmons as Captain Birdseye and Keith Simmons as Findus the Mate in Act I scene 1 of "Dick Whittington", Birmingham Hippodrome, 1993.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dick Whittington [videorecording] : recorded live at The Birmingham Hippodrome at the evening performance on Tuesday February 15th 1994.
Published: 1994
Collation: 2 videocassettes (155 min.) : sd., col. ; ½ in.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Pencil crayon

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Costume design; Seamen; Pantomime

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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