Half A Sixpence

Set in Edwardian England with music & lyrics by David Heneker. The Aristocracy versus the working class Cockney. Arthur Kipps is the main protagonist trying to cross the social divide & learning some valuable life lessons on the way.

Costume Plot

Arthur Kipps

Uniform:
Grey trousers, black jacket & waistcoat, white apron & black bowler hat
White flannels, striped blazer & straw boater
Smart cricket whites & green & blue cap
Evening tailsuit
Grey morning suit & top hat
Smart suit & hat
Overcoat
Cardigan

Young Kipps

Poor knickerbockers suit & cap

Sid Pornick, Buggins & Pearce

Uniform:
Grey trousers, black jacket & waistcoat, white apron & black bowler hat
Period suits, waistcoats, collarless shirts & hats
Overcoats & scarves

Mr Shalford

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

Chitterlow

2 Plus Fours 3 piece suits & hats
Black tailsuit, opera cloak & black top hat
Grey Morning suit & top hat (wedding)

Young Walsingham

2 Frock coat/penguin suits & top hats/bowler hats
Blazer suit & boater
Smart cricket whites & green & blue cap
Evening tailsuit

Boys (Chorus)

Smart suits & baker boy hats
Or
Knee breeches, waistcoats, collarless shirts & caps
1 nightshirt (Kipps’ son)

Male Chorus

Frock coat/penguin suits & hats
Woodwork class aprons
Characters:
Ice cream sellers, waiters, vendors, Pierrots, stagehands, tumblers, musicians, reporters, builders, carpenters
Smart cricket whites & caps or blazer & flannels/working clothes
Evening tailsuits

Coachman

Dark suit, caped coat & top hat

Banjo Player

Trousers, bright waistcoat, bow tie & straw boater

Cricket Umpires

Light trousers, waistcoats, linen jackets & straw panama hats

Groundsmen

Rough trousers, waistcoats, collarless shirts, neckerchiefs & caps

Mayor

Smart light suit & hat with chains of office
Evening Tailsuit

Deckchair Attendant

Trousers & light jacket, waistcoat, shirt, bow tie & apron

Toastmaster

Red tail coat, black trousers, waistcoat & bow tie

Photographer

Wool suit & bowler hat

Shop Boys

Grey/striped trousers, waistcoats & ties

Ann Pornick

¾ length ‘Sunday Best’ dress/suit, hat & cape
Black & white waitress uniform, apron, hat & bloomers with pocket
Wedding dress & veil
Smart parlour dress & large, old apron
Coat & hat
Day dress

Young Ann

Poor dress, pinafore & bonnet

Helen Walsingham

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

Mrs Walsingham

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

Flo Bates, Victoria & Kate

Uniform – Black skirt & jacket, white blouse & boater
‘Sunday best’ dresses & hats
Skirts & blouses or dresses, capes & hats

Shop Girls

Black striped pinafores, shirts & ribbon ties

Orphanage Maid

Plain dress, apron & mob cap

Laura (Barmaid)

Peasant blouse, full skirt, wide belt & shawl

Lady Mayoress

Smart summer suit & hat with chains of office
Evening dress & gloves

Gwendolin

Dress, cape & hat (rather OTT)!

Dancers

‘Rough’ dresses & shawls (pub)
Floral ¾ length dresses, sashes & hats

Ladies Chorus

Day dresses/suits & hats
Light summer dresses/suits & hats or working clothes
Characters:
Maids, waitresses, showgirls, dressers, tumblers
Evening dresses & gloves

Girls (Chorus)

Pretty dresses, sashes & straw hats/ribbons
Or
Rough dresses & pinafores
1 Nightdress (Kipps’ daughter)

Download Female Size Chart Microsoft Word File (180 KB)

Download Male Size Chart Microsoft Word File (180 KB)

Dress Circle Costumiers
Updated May 2013