Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Show stopping costumes for musicals, operas, drama and pantomime



At Admiral Costumes you can find all the costumes that you need for almost any show.

With masses of period costumes to choose from, Little Women, My Fair Lady, Oliver, SweeneyTodd, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Pride and Prejudice, Scrooge, Great Expectationsand Blackadder are a joy to costume. With long dresses for rich and poor, cloaks of all descriptions, tailcoats, frock coats, breeches and baker boy hats, it is all here waiting for you to hire.

Moving on to the twentieth century we have Bugsy Malone, Chicago, Cabaret , La BelleHelene and Daisy Pulls it Off all set in the 20s and needing gangster outfits, flapper dresses, furs and cloche hats.

Agatha Christie requires thirties style clothing and we have some superb costumes for Murder on the Nile, And then there were none and similarly Brief encounter. You can choose from lots of smart and elegant tuxes and suits, country tweed jackets and plain costumes for servants.

We have recently costumed forties favourites, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific and Allo Allo with our superb range of forties wear including military uniforms for here and the US.

The fifties shows have fabulous fun costumes in bright colours for musicals like Grease and  Hairspray, see our colourful Teddy Boy jackets, full circle skirts, net petticoats,  pedal pushers and tie front blouses.

West side story brings things up to the 60s with leather jackets and pastel shirts, thin ties and Fred Perry shirts.

Brilliantly authentic 70s costumes are available for Made in Dagenham and 9-5 with lots of everyday wear for the office and factory scenes(70s), Hot Mikado and Frankenstein.

For the opera societies we have some lovely and lavish costumes for Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, The Gondoliers and Utopia.

Shakespeare’s favourites are usually costumed in the Elizabethan era, but often depicted in more recent times, we have excellent costumes for The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and a Midsummer Nights Dream.

If you need large numbers of nuns for The Sound of Music or sister Act, or police uniforms for Billy Elliot and The Pirates of Penzance, then do give us a call for authentic uniforms and quality habits.

If it is uniforms you are after then do take a look at our superb Army Navy and RAF attire for shows like Journeys End, Oh What a Lovely War and Blackadder Goes Forth.

Then there are the animal shows like Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Jungle Book and The Lion the witch and the wardrobe. We have lots of costumes that are adapted with tails and ears ready for you to order.

We mustn’t forget your panto favourites, with some lovely outfits for The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast and Humpty Dumpty.

If you need costumes for any show, then do get in touch, we are sure to be able to help. Our massive stock of costumes from all eras with authentic accessories means that sourcing costumes is easy – just give us a call on 01908 372504 and visit our warehouse, full of wonderful costumes waiting for your next show






Friday, 26 January 2018

Where can I hire 20 police officer costumes for Billy Elliott?



Yes we have over 20 police officer tunics with truncheons and helmets; ideal for productions of Billy Elliott.

The wonderful story of Billy Elliott the coal miner’s son who during a boxing lesson, stumbled across a ballet class.

Miss Wilkinson the ballet teacher recognised his potential and despite the obstacles of wealth and his father’s ban on his dancing, he succeeded in becoming a ballet star.

The musical is set during the 1984 miner’s strike and the police are called upon to keep open the picket lines.

As you can see from the picture below the costumes look absolutely great and authentic to the period.

If you need uniforms, gymslips, nuns habits or choir boys for large casts, then please call 01908 372504 or visit www.admiralcostumes.co.uk


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Daisy Pulls it Off



Daisy Pulls it off is ‘A perfectly ripping yarn’ by Denise Deegan, set in a 1920s English girls boarding school.

It is the first term for Daisy Meredith the new scholarship pupil at Grangewood School for Girls. Daisy finally wins her friends over when she cracks a secret code and finds treasure.

At Admiral Costumes we have a full set of 1920’s style gymslips suitable for your production of Daisy. With over 30 gymslips, school ties and boaters with matching trim, 20 burgundy blazers and several school coats, your show will look both authentic, and stylish.

When Daisy and her friends get up to pranks in the dormitory at night time, we have some wonderful old style dressing gowns to set the scene.

With plain dresses and school cloaks for Miss Granville, the English teacher and the French Mademoiselle, we have a suit and cloak for Mr Scoblowski the Russian music teacher.

Mr Thompson the gardener is in cords and tweeds with a cloth cap of course and the rather eccentric Miss Gibson, the head of Grangewood, sports a bright red blouse and jacket and a tweed skirt.

For more information on our costumes suitable for your next production of Daisy, give us a call on 01908 372504 or visit www.admiralcostumes.co.uk, we would love to help.



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Guys and Dolls nominated for David Beach Trophy



Guys and Dolls is a great show for schools; it is highly suitable for large casts, has some great characters and needs varied sets and colourful costumes. 

It would be hard to find another show that incorporates such a variety of costumes. From the Missionary Band and the 50s crap shooters, to the Havana scene and show girls on the Hot Box, each scene has it’s own style.

Set in 1950’s New York, it tells the story of Sergeant Sarah Brown, of the Save a Soul Mission, who is vainly trying to spread the Word, and make a difference to the sin and depravity on the local streets, that are full of tipsters, gamblers and con men. 

We are delighted to have provided costumes for the recent production of Guys and Dolls at Clevedon School in Bristol, which has been nominated for no less than 9 awards for the DavidBeach Trophy, by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama.

Special congratulations must go to Debbie Morgan who has been nominated for best director and a big thank you for sending us some fabulous images from the show.




For more information on our 50s style costumes for Guys and Dolls please visit our website www.admiralcostumes.co.uk

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2017 – A magical year at Admiral Costumes



Wow! What a year we have had at Admiral Costumes with over 64 shows successfully costumed, a move to better premises and costumes featured on at least 3 TV shows.

We have loved costuming a large variety of shows for amateur productions, schools, colleges, opera societies and of course, individuals.

In 2017 we had an enormous variety of genres and styles to put together which has been great fun – we love doing something new!

The usual favourites were put together for The Sound of Music, Allo Allo, Bugsy Malone and Oliver, with new shows becoming more popular; Made in Dagenham and Wind inthe Willows.

More unusual productions were the delightful Belle Helene, dramatic Brief Encounter and Romeo and Juliet in a post- apocalyptic style.

Our excellent range of 40s wear was put to good use with the CBBC’s Marrying Mum and Dad series, where military and civilian wear was worn by a Scottish family tying the knot at a blitz party.

With our barbershop waistcoats appearing on Coronation Street and some of our 1800 century style hats on BBC proms for Oklahoma, it has been a very exciting time.

Our move to new premises in Little Horwood MK17, has given us the opportunity to improve our stock and revamp our website.  A fun new promotional video can be seen on our website and on YouTube.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us some truly fabulous photos and flyers of their productions and events. We love to see them and share everyone’s success.

We are proud to have supported the Blue Cross charity for animals with some period outfits for a promotional calendar – the images are stunning and will raise much needed cash for this worthy cause.

The team here at Admiral Costumes wish all our friends and customers a brilliant 2018 and look forward to panto season, Peter Pan and Frankenstein!