About Us

Dress Circle Costumiers is a well established Essex based theatrical costume supplier offering quality costumes for dramatic and musical productions. Dress Circle Costumiers has cultivated relationships with national and international customers, both professional and amateur, and has provided costumes included in period television drama productions.

Artistic Design, Costume Production and Customer ContactDress Circle Team


The creative edge of Dress Circle Costumiers is shared by the sister partnership of Jan Elliot and Rachel Hutchinson. Jan and Rachel both have a wealth of experience on stage and behind the scenes in professional and amateur theatre. They are our customers’ principle point of telephone contact in the hectic workshop and are happy to discuss and provide guidance on your costume requirements.

They were ably supported by the highly qualified and long suffering Fran Renvoize who was a member of the Dress Circle team for longer than she cared to remember! Sadly Fran lost her battle with cancer in August 2013. We miss her but her creations surround us so she is still an integral part of Dress Circle.Fran


Tom Elliot is found in the darker recesses of the Dress Circle Costumiers office and is responsible for business development, marketing and financial relationships with customers and partners.

noda-logo-2015Dress Circle Costumiers is proud to be a corporate member of NODA and is also a member of the Theatrical Traders Association.

We recognise that our customers enjoy the right to exercise choice in their preferred supplier.
Dress Circle Costumiers is committed to the provision of a consistently high quality service to meet customers’ needs within reason. We combine professional integrity and attention to detail in every aspect of our service. It is our goal to cultivate long term customer relationships and satisfaction.

If occasionally we are unable to fully meet customer needs that will be communicated during initial exploratory discussions and a mutually beneficial outcome agreed.

Dress Circle CostumiersHOW WE WORK WITH YOU

We value our customers and commit to responding to all theatrical production and fancy dress inquiries within 24 hours of receipt.
Dress Circle Costumiers has the flexibility to supply either full or part sets of costumes and takes immense pride in providing a personal service, with great attention to detail, to meet the increasingly diverse needs of their customers.

Pre – Production…
  • Prompt response to enquiries
  • Provision of show details
  • Viewing appointments for the production team
  • Booking secured by deposit payment
In Rehearsal…
  • Receipt of full costume requirements
  • Receipt of cast size charts
  • Requested costumes sorted & altered
  • Opportunity for production team to view selected costumes
Curtain Up…
  • Costume collection or delivery by National Courier service
  • Full invoice & Terms & Conditions provided with costume set
After Show Party…
  • Book courier pick up or costumes returned
  • Any show images & feedback welcome

Cutting Room Photo


We’ve been Reviewing the Situation and concluded that we need to refresh our stock for Oliver!

Do you Consider Yourself One of Us?

Who Will Hire our new set of costumes?

We’d Do Anything for our loyal client base

If Oliver! is in your plans then don’t delay calling – we’ll Be Back Soon!!


Kipps – the New Half a Sixpence Musical

Look Alive! It’s beginning to resemble a Draper’s shop here.

Would Arthur Kipps feel at home?

Kipps – the New Half a Sixpence is On the Cutting Table for this revised production.

Money to Burn?

Unlike Kipps never! This show is so popular that we are investing our valuable time & resources to provide clients with vibrant, authentic costumes of the era.

The stock will be available quicker than you can say Flash, Bang, Wallop!!



Invoices for the costumes requested will be included with the delivery consignment. Payment in full is required within 14 days of the show start date. The security deposit will be refunded less deductions for loss/damage/courier charges once returned costumes have been inspected by staff.

Dress Circle Costumiers promotes a competitive, fully inclusive hire charge structure.
There are no hidden or additional costs. For example, an outfit that requires shirt, tie, waistcoat & hat to compliment a suit is included in the fee. Also a dress that requires accessories such as hat and gloves is all inclusive in the fee.


Your comments are vitally important to us. Constructive feedback is extremely valuable and will be used to improve the service.

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A number of our customers rely upon only a few willing volunteers.
Dress Circle Costumiers can provide wardrobe assistance to groups and societies.
The service includes communication with the Director, measuring the cast, costume delivery for the costume call and collection at the end of show week and full support at the dress rehearsal.


Contact us either by email or telephone.

Telephone: 01376 515500


Dress Circle Costumiers workshop, costume store and office is based at –

Brook House, Maldon Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HY

Customers are welcome to contact us to book an appointment to view the range of costumes required for their show or fancy dress event.

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