Norwich Theatre Royal costumes and props for hire

Pantomime costumes which have been worn by famous faces are now available for budding actors in Norwich to hire . . . oh yes they are!

Norwich Theatre Royal has launched a website offering costumes and props to amateur dramatic and community groups.

Costumes available for hire include the villagers, circus folk and wicked giant's helpers from Jack and the Beanstalk and the Evil Queen and dwarf costumes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

And the fun doesn't stop there. Set props, including a giant inflatable octopus and an eight metre blow-up beanstalk, are also available to rent.

Thespians can wear the fairy costume worn by Liza Goddard, the Jack costume which was worn by former Hollyoaks star Stephen Uppal and the fairy costume worn by Ann Bryson.

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Theatre Royal spokesman John Bultitude said: 'We will be adding to the collection. We're going to add Sleeping Beauty props and costumes, including a maid.

'The website means arts groups and amateur dramatic clubs can browse the full range of costumes and props.

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'Renting out costumes is something we have always done but local people weren't aware.

'All our costumes are made in house by our wardrobe team. The team have to take detailed measurements in order to make the costumes.'

Mr Bultitude said the cost of hire depends on the item, but it can be from as little as �10.

Most of the items for hire are from pantomimes as a majority of the shows at the Theatre Royal are touring and bring their own costumes.

Along with clothing, accessories such as hats and shoes can also be hired.

Will Hill, the theatre's technical director, said: 'We have been hiring out our stock of set, props and costumes for many years but this new website provides a one-stop shop for people to browse our range of hand made garments.

'The aim is to show in more detail the range they have on offer giving people the opportunity to get a better idea of what the theatrical garments look like.'

To see the full range of costumes available, log on to

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