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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 crayon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hugh Durrant

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Ross King as Idle Jack in the walkdown. The design depicts a full length male figure wearing a "medieval" style pantomime costume. The costume consists of a gold and white patterned jacket with sleeves that end at the elbow in elaborate flounces and ribbons, worn over a pair of gold & white striped trousers. The figure also wears a pair of gold tights; a pair of gold, red, white & blue training shoes; and a "medieval" style hat decorated with white plumes and a large red, gold and blue jewel on the brim.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, drawn)


1993 (Drawn)


Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil crayon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

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

' IDLE JACK / WALKDOWN / Mr Ross King '
Textual information; Upper right hand side.; handwriting; pencil crayon; 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 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 Ross King as Idle Jack in the walkdown scene 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


Paper; Pencil crayon



Subjects depicted

Costume design; Pantomime


Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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