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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1966 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (costume designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on Paper with ink inscription

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Queen Elizabeth I. The design, executed in pencil, depicts the head, shoulders and torso of a female figure wearing a 16th century style costume. The costume consists of an elaborate ruff worn on the shoulders & neck, elaborate puffed and slashed sleeves encrusted with jewels, a head-dress and coronet worn in the hair, and extensive jewellery worn around the neck at waist. Unsigned by the artist. The drawing has been executed on the reverse of a photocopied sheet listing props and furniture.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, designed)


ca. 1966 (drawn)


Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (costume designers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on Paper with ink inscription

Marks and inscriptions

' another version of this is it the / Costumes collection '
Textual information; Upper left hand corner; handwriting; ballpoint pen; Stone, Alix

Textual information; Reverse upper edge; handwriting; pencil; Stone, Alix

' for Coliseum / transfer '
Textual information; Reverse upper right hand corner.; handwriting; ballpoint pen; Stone, Alix


Height: 363 mm, Width: 257 mm

Object history note

This drawing 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 Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana" by the Sadler's Wells Opera at Sadler's Wells, October 21st 1966. The libretto by William Plomer is based on Lytton Strachey's book "Elizabeth & Essex". The opera was produced by Colin Graham, conducted by Mario Bernardi, choreographed by Peter Darrell, and lit by Charles Bristow. Sylvia Fisher sang the role of Queen Elizabeth I, John Wakefield was Essex, and John Cameron was Cecil. The production was revived at Sadler's Wells in September 1967, and March 1968. It was also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 1968.

In February 1969 the designs were revised by Alix Stone when Sadler's Wells Opera (later English National Opera) moved to the much larger stage of the London Coliseum. This revised production was revived at the Coliseum in August 1972, February 1975, and March 1984 (when it was recorded for Channel 4 TV and released on video). The production also toured to the Vienna Volksoper in June 1975; and to the USA where it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in the summer of 1984.

Descriptive line

Drawing by Alix Stone for Queen Elizabeth I in "Gloriana", Sadler's Wells Opera, ca. 1966.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Pencil; Ink



Subjects depicted

Queens (people); Costume design; Opera


Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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