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Kenneth More Theatre Costume Hire

June 15, 2013

The KM Theatre has a vast store of costumes, many of which are available to hire individually (by contacting the hire department in person) or as sets of costumes for productions.- Yes its Panto time again!

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These costumes are kept in the vast store owned by the theatre- there must be something in the region of 4,000 costumes from plays, shows and nearly forty years of Panto produced here. (I think I’ve costumed 34 years worth!)

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The KM Theatre announced that this season they will be presenting “Aladdin”, which once again I will be designing/supervising the costumes. That means that the remaining Panto stock is now definitely available for hire!

As a rule the theatre holds on to stock in case it needs to be used to supplement or replace something in the show. That way costume sets from “Snow White” can be used to bulk up “Jack and the Beanstalk”, or “Dick Whittington” for example. The exceptions are “Cinderella”- 18th Century, so you can’t mix and match to our “Sleeping Beauty” or “Jack”, and of course, “Aladdin”.

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This year we have available for production and panto hire- costumes suitable for “Dick Whittington”, “Cinderella”, “Jack & The Beanstalk” and some “Snow White” costumes. The costumes include Juvenile costumes- workers, villagers, rats, fairies, woodland creatures, Mice, frogs, pigs.. yes, a farmyard if you like, and of course a limited stock of Dame/Sister costumes.


Hanging above on the store ceiling in big cloth bags are the “Objects”- Dame costumes fashioned into Cookers, Sailing Ships, Tins of Beans, Big ben.. along with several panto animals.

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As I start putting together “Aladdin”- mostly from stock this season, then augmented with brand new Dame costumes, and sets of new Children “Walk-Down” costumes, the odd Empress and Chorus here and there, I spend quite a lot of time in the store. It is pretty much an “Aladdin’s Cave”- especially as I tend to favour a lot of sequins and glitter in my designs!

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Across the road in the main theatre we have “The Corridor”- this is a long narrow storage space running the length of the back wall. Here we keep headdresses, masks, footwear and wigs. On the ground floor where the Laundry can be found we keep costumes used for Fancy Dress hire, as well as accessories- jabots, belts, ties, wings, wands, vioin cases, Ravens on sticks- the usual sort of thing.

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Should you be interested in hiring a complete set of Pantomime costumes, do get in touch through our email here, and I’ll pass the information on. it is

If you are interested in smaller or individual panto costume hire, the chances are it will be later in the Autumn that these will become available- you wouldn’t want to lose Dick Whittington’s Cat to Cleethorpes if someone wants the full set of costumes including “Tommy” in Prestatyn now would you? Individual hire can be discussed by telephoning Costume hire on Thursday & Friday evenings, and Saturday Mornings. 020 8553 0444

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Right- now back to designing a Twankey Opening for Ilford. The summer is the best time to start preparing for panto- no distractions of sunshine, warm temptation to set foot outside unless wrapped up in thermals- ideal really. Now.. where did I put my brushes?


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  1. Nicola Skinner permalink


    I am wondering if you can help me. I am looking for a dame type dress with a landscape as the design. It needs to have rolling hills a the bust and horses or dogs running around it. Do you have something similar or know somewhere that does?

    Many thanks


  2. Richard Paton permalink

    My partner and I are seeking Victorian costumes for a local charitable event raising money for an orphanage in Africa. We would like to hire suitable costumes please can you advise what suitable outfits you have to hire and the cost. Thanks Richard Paton 0208 519 7777

  3. Good evening I hope you can help me I work with specialneeds and I’m doing a fancy dress day and we want to make it exciting so staff are dressing up I was wondering if myself and friend count hire a costum from you for the day it’s beginning of July a Monday please let me know via email ASAP

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