Kipps – the New Half a Sixpence Musical

Arthur Kipps is an over-worked draper’s assistant at Shalford’s Bazaar, Folkestone, at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who dreams of a better and more fulfilling world. When Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society, it confuses everything he thought he knew about life. Watching him wrestle with his new identity is his childhood companion and not-quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick, who sees with dismay how Arthur is being made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. She is always there with helpful hints on how Arthur could improve himself and make his life richer and more meaningful, if only he would believe in himself, and listen to her. Both of these young women love Arthur, no doubt about that, but which should he listen to?

Kipps Costume Plot

Arthur Kipps

Uniform: Grey trousers, black jacket & waistcoat, white apron & black bowler hat
Rough day suit (woodworking class)
Fashionable day suit/penguin suit & hat
Frock coat suit & hat (Promenade)
‘Mismatched’ Lunch suit (Hotel Grand)
Blazer suit & hat (Garden Party)
Day suit (Building Site)
Evening tail suit
Grey morning suit & top hat (Wedding)

Young Arthur

Poor knickerbockers suit & cap

Uncle Bert Kipps

Day suit & hat
Smarter ‘Sunday best’ suit & hat (Wedding)

Sid Pornick & Pearce

Uniform: Grey trousers, black jacket & waistcoat, white apron & black bowler hat
Suits, waistcoats, collarless shirts & hats
Lighter suits/blazer suits & hats


Pyjamas Uniform: Grey trousers, black jacket & waistcoat, white apron & black bowler
Suit, waistcoat, collarless shirt & hat
Lighter suit/blazer suit & hat

Mr Shalford

Black morning coat, striped trousers, waistcoat & top hat
Smart day suit & bowler hat


Uniform: Striped trousers, black jacket & waistcoat & black bowler
Casual suit & hat


Plus Fours suit & hat
Caped coat & driving goggles
Casual day suit & hat
Grey Morning suit & top hat (Wedding)

James Walsingham

Smart blazer suit & hat
2 Frock coat/penguin suits & top hats/bowler hats
Evening tailsuit
Business suit & hat


Casual suit, cap & apron (woodwork class)


Butler uniform: Striped trousers, black Penguin coat & waistcoat, wing collared shirt & black tie

Mr Maxwell

Business suit & hat
Evening tail suit

Male Chorus

Smart day suits – Frock coat suits/penguin suits & hats
Working men’s day suits & caps
Evening tail suits
Policemen, Vicar, waiters, stagehands, reporters, builders, ‘sports’ outfits & Morris Dancers

Boys (Chorus)

Smart suits & baker boy hats
Knee breeches, waistcoats, collarless shirts & caps


Wool suit & bowler hat

Ann Pornick

‘Sunday Best’ dress/suit, hat & cape
Floral dress, cape & hat
Black & white waitress uniform, apron & cap
Pretty dress (Wedding)

Young Ann

Plain dress, pinafore & bonnet

Aunt Susan Kipps

Day dress, cape/coat & hat
Smarter dress & hat (Wedding)

Helen Walsingham

Smart day dress/suit & hat
Smart period suit & hat
Skirt, blouse & apron (woodwork class)
Light summer dress/suit & hat
Evening dress & gloves
Dark dress/suit

Mrs Walsingham

2 smart day dresses/suits & hats
Light, smart summer dress/suit & hat
Evening dress & gloves
Dark dress/suit

Lady Punnet

Very smart light dress/suit & hat
Glamorous evening dress
2 elegant day suits & hats

Lady Dacre

Smart day dress/suit & hat
Elegant evening dress

Mrs Bindo-Botting

Smart day dress/suit & hat
Evening dress

Flo Bates

Uniform – Black skirt & jacket, white blouse & boater
‘Sunday best’ dress & hat (Pier & Wedding)
Skirt & blouse or dress (Pub)


Day dress, cape & hat
‘Best’ dress (Wedding)

Miss Ross

Skirt, blouse & apron (woodwork class)


Maid’s uniform: black or striped dress, white apron & cap


Dresses & shawls (pub)
Floral ¾ length dresses, sashes & hats

Ladies Chorus

Smart day dresses/suits & hats
Light summer dresses/suits & hats
Evening dresses
Maids & waitresses

Girls (Chorus)

Pretty dresses, sashes & straw hats/ribbons
Rough dresses & pinafores


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Dress Circle Costumiers
Updated August 2019