Written by W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan this comic opera has all the usual ingredients – a poor but virtuous heroine, the villain, the hero in disguise & his faithful retainer. Traditional melodrama is turned on its head with the hero becoming evil & the villain good but the ending is a happy one.

Costume Plot

Robin Oakapple

Rough trousers, waistcoat, collarless shirt, neckerchief, jacket & hat
Black suit & hat

Richard Dauntless

Sailor uniform – all white or striped shirt, blue jacket & straw hat

Sir Despard Murgatroyd

Sinister black suit & hat
Black penguin jacket & waistcoat, striped trousers & bowler hat

Old Adam Goodheart

Breeches, waistcoat, collarless shirt, jacket & cap
Black breeches outfit & hat

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd

Smart suit & hat

7 Ancestors

Various period outfits dating from James I onwards
(To match the portraits – as closely as possible)

Townsmen – Bucks & Blades

Smart suits & hats

Rose Maybud

Light floral dress & sash
Wedding dress & veil

Mad Margaret

Wild tattered dress
Smart, respectable dress

Dame Hannah

Day dress, shawl & apron

Zorah & Ruth

¾ length floral/striped dresses, sashes & floral headdresses


¾ length floral/striped dresses, sashes & floral headdresses


Rough dresses, shawls, aprons & bonnets or smart dresses/suits & hats

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Download Male Size Chart Microsoft Word File (180 KB)

Dress Circle Costumiers
Updated May 2013