Panto in Progress part 4 - Wardrobe

Wednesday 28th November 2012

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood opens this Friday and everyone has been busy making final preparations for opening night. We had a glimpse this week at some of the characters in dress rehearsal and saw some of their wonderful costumes, designed by Tim Meacock and created by the wardrobe team here at Nottingham Playhouse. Head of Wardrobe Helen Tye has worked here for ten years now and we spoke to her recently about what her job involves.

The run up to panto and the Christmas period is often the busiest time of year for the wardrobe team. Helen told us, ‘My dedicated team work really hard on the maintenance of everything the actors wear in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, including the washing and running repair of over 100 full costumes! It’s important to us that on all our shows the costumes look as good on the last night as they do on the first.’ Often the costumes are made from scratch as the wardrobe department is responsible for everything the actors wear, right down to their shoes!

As well as making costumes the department is also responsible for make-up – they’ve even been known to make false ears and fake noses!

Over Christmas and while the panto’s on Helen told us she is looking forward to starting work on next year’s performance of Alan Ayckbourn’s Joking Apart and sourcing 1970s clothing for the production.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood opens this Friday 30 November. If you’d like to book tickets click here or ring our box office on 0115 941 9419.