Monday, 20 January 2020

The Drowsy Chaperone

The DrowsyChaperone is a show within a show with upbeat jazz numbers set in 1928.

The show opens with the ‘Man in the chair’ playing his favourite album and commenting on the musical as it progresses and is acted out for real on the stage in his living room.

So clever with catchy tunes and a wonderful variety of costumes, the Drowsy Chaperone is a fun and raucous production with over the top characters and witty dialogue.

Main character in the show is Janet Van de Graaf who gives up her showbiz career to marry Robert. Her number ‘Show Off’ has an incredible four quick changes which requires a lot of planning and practice.

Starting off in a beach kimono and wrap, she steps out of this with a clever turn to reveal a 20s short dress with petal detail, the petal belt is removed and she dances around for a while in the dress.  A large umbrella conceals her as she magically changes into a colourful 20s dress and then a quick stop off stage to change into a swimsuit. After that a fringed robe is added and the song ends. 

Then, the reprise – she reappears for a final long note with a fur wrap. Phew!

Other characters include the sultry Drowsy Chaperone, Aldolpho a magician like character, Trix the aviator and the rather old fashioned Mrs Tottendale.

With monkeys, colourful Asian costumes and spangly aviator number and four weddings, this show has it all.

For more information on our range of costumes for this show do give us a call on 
01908 372504 or check out our website

Friday, 25 October 2019

The Mikado

Everyone loves The Mikado, probably the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas. With lovely bright costumes and set, witty lyrics and catchy tunes, The Mikado is fun for all involved.

Larger casts can easily add extra chorus in brightly coloured kimonos and Chinese style hats.

We so enjoyed costuming a set of wonderful Chinese style costumes for Buckingham Choral's production.

The three little maids looked wonderful in long floral kimonos with large padded sash and geisha style wigs.

The formidable High executioner wore black robes and wielded a large axe, Nanky Poo wore a poor wrap around tunic and the emperor looked majestic in some rich robes with gold accessories.

All of these costumes are available for hire at reasonable rates and we also have costumes for The Gondoliers, Iolanthe, Princess Ida and the Pirates of Penzance.

Call us now at Admiral Costumes on 01908 372504 to book the costumes that you need.

Here are some lovely images from Buckingham Choral

Friday, 11 October 2019

A Tomb With A View

Thoroughly enjoyed A Tomb With A View, a macabre comedy thriller by Norman Robbins.

LeightonBuzzard Drama Group did a fabulous job of making all the odd and rather scary characters come to life and revealed the bizarre story of their demise.

Admiral costumes are delighted to have provided costumes for this play which is set in the 1930s in the ancestral home of the Tomb family.

The scene is set in the library of Monument House where Penworthy, the family solicitor, reads out the will of the late Mr Tomb.  Penworthy dresses very grandly in a smart tailcoat, morning trousers, waistcoat and spats.

Lucien Tomb the eldest rather bombastic sibling and inheritor, is dressed eccentrically in tweed breeches, jacket and wool mustard waistcoat.

Emily tomb is quite masculine and adopts a loud suit and garish brightly checked waistcoat.

Dora, another of the nutty sisters flambuoyantly dresses in floaty 1930s wear with lots of jewels and feathers,

Monica Tomb, the younger flirty sister, dresses more provocatively in a black and gold 30s beaded evening dress and polka dot day dress, setting her sights on the unsuspecting Peregrine Potter.

Other characters in this charming play include a nurse and a housekeeper.

We love costuming period plays like this and have a wonderful selection of 30s wear to choose from including sports wear, underwear, coats and hats to make your production have that authentic feel.

For information on our period costumes for drama, please contact us at Admiral Costumes on 01908 372504

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Want to be the best dressed at Goodwood?

At 3.00 pm every day of the Goodwood Revival festival, a selection of the best dressed of the day are paraded and a winner selected by the panel.

Outfits need to be unique and authentic looking with an emphasis on style and at AdmiralCostumes we have a fine selection of clothing from the 40s and 50s suitable for this event.

Many visitors attending the revival and the festival of speed, dress in styles of the day ranging from the 1940’s through to the 70’s. Most popular outfits are from the 1940’s and 50’s with vintage and classic car owners dressing in clothing to suit their vehicle.

The Goodwood nine hours race and the revival is the only race meeting in the world staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Admiral Costumes have a fantastic selection of unique vintage and retro clothing suitable for wearing to the Goodwood Revival. Choose from military uniform or civilian wear in a choice of style to suit you.

Our regular customers like to select and book their outfits well in advance to get first pick of the outfits on offer, hoping for a chance to get into the best dressed category at the show.

For more information visit our website or give us a call on 01908 372504

Friday, 24 May 2019

Costumes for Schools

Here at Admiral Costumes we hold a massive stock of costumes for schools ready and waiting for your next school production.

For many children, the school play has become the highlight of the school calendar, with music, dancing and dressing up in a fun and lively atmosphere.

In this digital age, drama creates a wonderful opportunity to socialise and interact with friends outside of the classroom. Students can hone their singing and dancing skills, practice stage management and gain confidence in many transferable skills that are required for later in life.

School productions have become extremely professional with the inclusion of theatre skills, front of house, back-stage work, props and of course the digital sound and lighting techniques that are used in theatre today.

Most musicals and plays are set in a past time and this gives the students an opportunity to not only learn about the clothing that was worn during that period, but a chance to wear it as well.

Admiral Costumes can supply you with period and theatrical costumes for any era or genre in large quantities for your school production or drama group with a large cast.

Popular shows that we constantly supply our customers with are; The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls it Off, Annie, Les Miserables, Oliver and many more.  In line with the curriculum we also supply Accrington Pals, oh What  Lovely War and Journey’s End which are set in WW1, The Crucible and WW2 costumes for forties events.

More pictures of our costumes 4 schools can be seen here;

If you have a show coming up and need some costumes, then do give us a call on 01908 372504.  We can work to all budgets and can send you a costume list to get you started.

E-mail us for friendly advice on your costume requirements on we love to help.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Bow Street Society at Admiral Costumes

The Bow Street Society are a fictional group of amateur detectives taking on cases for clients that the police have no interest in.

Set in Victorian London, the books detail the decor, lifestyle and clothing in great detail, making it easy to emulate the characters with similar costumes from our store.

T G Campbell's latest book, The Case of the Curious Client is launched this month and a wonderfully authentic film clip and stills have been produced in the parlour at Milton Keynes Museum.

We had great fun dressing Mr Baldwin and Miss Trent in suitable costumes for their characterisations in the shoot.

For more information on our wonderful range of Victorian attire for both rich and poor, please contact Admiral Costumes on 01908 372504.

Our victorian style costumes are available in arange of sizes and styles and have been recently hired for Oliver,  Olney Victorian Fair, Milton Keynes Museum Christmas, Victorian wedding and Dickens - A Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Barber Shop Waistcoats

Are you in a musical group or Barber Shop quartet looking for traditional striped waistcoats to wear in corporate colours or to enhance your stage presence? then contact us at Admiral Costumes where we have a splendid selection of striped waistcoats in stock for hire.

Bright striped waistcoats suitable for events, selling ice-creams and popcorn are available in a wide range of sizes for adults and children.

Waistcoats can be made to measure in a colour of your choice for dance groups, stage or company get together.

Over 20 red butcher stripe fully lined waistcoats are available for hire from stock, complete with matching bow tie and straw boater. 

All our waistcoats have the stripes on the back and the front for added impact and can be made in butcher stripe, candy stripe or toothbrush stripe to suit your requirements.

For more information on our striped waistcoats call us at Admiral Costumes on 01908 372504 or visit