Thursday, 9 February 2017

Oliver Twist

Oliver remains a popular choice of musical for both stage and drama schools due to the number of young people required for the cast.

The well-known story by Charles Dickens, tells of the young Oliver Twist growing up as an orphan in the poorhouse. He is sold to an undertaker, but escapes to live rough on the streets of London pick pocketing and thieving. Oliver gets caught stealing from the wealthy Mr Brownlow and is taken in by him and his family.

We have a wonderful choice of costumes suitable for this show from Oliver’s collarless shirt, breeches and baker boy hat, the ArtfulDodger’s worn tailcoat and top hat, Fagin’s coat and fingerless gloves, Nancy’s red dress and work clothing for Bill Sikes.

We have masses of shirts, waistcoats and caps for the workhouse boys and can cope with large school casts.

For more information on our costumes for this and other shows, visit our website

Call us anytime on 01908 372504 to discuss costumes for your next show, request a costume list or photos to aid the selection of your costumes.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham is based on the true story of the 1967 sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant where 187 underpaid women machinists demanded equal pay.

Characters include Harold Wilson the Prime Minister at the time, Rita O’Grady the shop steward, Mr Tooley the boss of Ford in America and the factory workers.

We were delighted to provide costumes for the recent university of Manchester production of Made in Dagenham, directed by Adam Philpott and performed at the Arden Theatre.

Our pinstripe suits for the dancing civil servants, American footballers and sparkly suits for the posh car event came to life on stage.

Wonderful songs include ‘Busy Woman’, ‘Everybody Out’ and ‘Stand Up’

For more information on our authentic 60s and 70s wear suitable for this kind of play, please call 01908 372504 or visit

Monday, 16 January 2017

Panto season - It's behind you!

Hello there darlings…Gladys Costumier here, it seems pantomime (panto) season is upon us!! 

Oh no it’s not, we hear you cry…no it really is!!  

It does make Ruth and the Admiral Costumes team smile when the season hits the shop – it’s the enthusiasm panto generates by young and old alike.  We particularly like it when we get the Am-dram teams come in to finalise their costumes with the cast…and there’s Dame fitting.

There seems to be an air of naughtiness around the fellows playing the dame and they take on this amazing persona that normally has us rolling in the aisles – and that’s even before we’ve hitched up the striped socks!! (We have some of those by the way).

The best thing about panto is that it suits all ages – from the little first timers to the seasoned attendee, there’s always magic and expectation in the air as the lights dim, the audience hushes, the curtain begins to rise and the hero steps on stage (it gives me goose bumps).  

Let’s face it - who doesn’t love the moment that Aladdin steps out or when Widow Twankey bustles in (did you know she will be 156 years old this year – she’s looking good on it!!)

In the quest for knowledge, I hopped onto Wikipedia and found out that pantos, in a form, date back to the Romans – but panto, as we know it, really took off in the 17th century in the form of masques and music halls…who knew!!

Most pantos tell stories based on fairy tales and folk lore and there’s always a hero/heroine and a baddie (who doesn’t like a good boo at a baddie!!), songs and audience participation, but most of all don’t you think it’s about being able to be silly, no matter what your age and joining in, I mean who doesn’t like a good sing song and a rousing chorus of Do Wah Diddy!!

So if you are one of the many tens of thousands going to see a professional or local Am-dram panto production, whether it’s the ever popular Cinderella to Snow White, Peter Pan and Dick Whittington, remember the baddies deserve a boo, cheer for the hero or heroine and don’t forget, when it comes to the Dame - it’s normally behind them!!

Toodles darlings, until next time!!


Monday, 9 January 2017

Costumes for all the musicals

Hello darlings…Gladys here.  Well what New Year it was…Ruth and Admiral Costumes Team made sure we partied until we dropped.

Last year I wrote about the amazingly talented AmDram groups and schools we’re working with and it looks like we’re already getting a show line up for the New Year.

Over the Christmas period there was a programme on telly about the top 100 musicals and it was a real walk down memory lane for me.  From Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain to Chicago, the of Music (top 5) and on to the number 1 show…….GREASE (I totally rocked the black satin trousers Sandy wore!!) and it got me to thinking about the costumes the shows needed to bring the stage to life, with glitz and glamour.

There are a lot of costs to consider when putting on a show and that’s from scenery to props, and one of the most important props is the costumes… not only do they give the character depth, they can also portray the nature of the character as well.  For instance if Maleficent, the wicked witch in Cinderella wore a pink floaty dress (we have one of those by the way) would we have seen her as a baddie?  Or if AgathaChristie’s Poirot had been a shambling, untidy character, would we love him as much?  The value a costume brings to a production, I believe, is immeasurable… 

At Admiral, Ruth and the team will work closely with you and your production teams to make sure you have the very best costumes for your show, and if you want to see what it looks like – I’m happy to don the outfit as well!! 

Oh and don’t forget as well as a great outfit, we’ll also supply all of the accessories as part of the hire cost…so if you’re looking at the Roaring 20’s or going to Glorious Goodwood, we’re the team you want!


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Admiral Costumes – Quality Fancy Dress for the Three Counties

AdmiralCostumes is one of the best Fancy Dress Costumiers in the Herts, Beds and Bucks Three Counties.

Situated on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, the store is ideally sited to attract customers from Aylesbury, Buckingham, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, Winslow and Oxford.

With an outstanding collection of quality fancy dress costumes, period clothing and theatrical outfits, Admiral Costumes has by far the best selection of costumes for any party, show, event or murder mystery in the region.

Supplying over 50 drama productions a year, our staff have an excellent knowledge of most plays and dramas and can help you select wonderful costumes for your event.

Our links with the West End enable us to share our experience of professional productions and offer costumes for hire that have been worn by the stars.

We can work to all budgets and supply individual or bulk costumes for schools, drama groups, TV, film, photo-shoots and themed events.

With costumes in all styles, sizes and genres, visit for all your costume requirements.