Chicago Musical Stoke Repertoire

Chicago Musical Stoke Repertoire

 Stoke Repertoire Theatre!

Directed by James Freeman

“What a sellout success  brilliant reviews”


“Well done from the Thespis team”

Thespis Theatrical Costumiers  are proud to be supplying all of the costumes for this amazing  production


Chicago The Musical

By the brilliant songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. 


Chicago  is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and based on the book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The stage is set in Jazz-age of the swinging Chicago. The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal”.

The West End revival of Chicago became the longest-running American musical in West End history.

Thespis Costume Hire Announce New Website Coming Soon

Thespis Costume Hire Announce New Website Coming Soon


We have a new website coming shortly, with many improvements including updated galleries to improve your viewing experience.

Thespis Releases All New Sound of Music Costumes for 2019

Thespis Release All New Sound of Music Costumes for 2019

Thespis are pleased to announce for the 2019 season that we have released a brand new set of costumes for the Sound of Music.

First airing of the Sound of Music will be at the Whitley Bay High School  at the beginning of  February  2019 .

Our launch offer includes a replica Luger pistol and a replica MP40 Machine gun – FREE with every full show booked . Offer valid until 31st May 2019.

Photos will start appearing soon !

Feel free to contact us for more information.  0333 666 0633 or via our contact sheet.

“Thespis Releases All New Sound of Music Costumes for 2019”

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All Quiet on the Western Front 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

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Battle of the Somme.


I had seen this play at last year’s Fringe Festival and had to see it again. The performance of the 5 lads was just as impressive as I remembered it last year. A must see for anyone visiting the Fringe! Brilliant Must See !.

Incognito first burst onto the Fringe back in 2014  with their sell out  show “Government Inspector”.

This year is the century year of the Battle of the Somme, Incognito theatre revives Erich Maria Remarque’s classic tale that exposes the mental and physical strain of trench warfare. Adapting the story in their trademark physical style, Incognito harnesses the tragic energy of Remarque’s novel and creates a stunningly poetic , poignant and expressionistic theatrical experience in order to tell the breaking story of the German soldiers who fought on the Western Front during the Great War.The production consists of an ensemble of 5 boys who all give a superb performance that reduces you to tears. The choreography of the play is just outstanding and well rehearsed resulting in a smooth performance  that allows the audience to immerse in the emotions of the story.

An incredibly physical performance and easily one of the best shows at the Ed Fringe this year!!


Directed by Robert Zuric


Stanislaus Katczinsky / Kemmerich—-Angus Doughty

Freidrich Muller —- George John

Paul Baumer—-Charlie MacVicar

Ernst Tjaden—-Alex Maxwell

Albert Kropp / Himmerelstoss —-Joe Taylor

Follow the Incognito on Facebook and twitter ( @incognito107)


Thespis Rating 5/5

M Bicknell

Pleasance Dome  – King Dome  1 hour   Suitability:    Group: Incognito Theatre with the Pleasance 2nd Aug 2017 – 15th Aug 2017  2pm   Suitable 12 and above.

All Quiet on the Western Front 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

Rock of Ages Dennis Dupree Wings

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Rock of Ages Dennis Dupree Wings

Julia Holland spreads her “wings”!

It never seizes to amaze me what Julia manages to do with any costumes or props!

This time we acquired a set of wings for the Rock of Ages musical and when I mentioned this to Julia and send her a picture, she jumped at the chance to use it in a shoot.

Two stunning photos!

Photo Shoot Julia Holland

Angels Wings by Julia Holland

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Addams Family Tour 2017

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Addams Family Tour 2017

A new production of this musical comedy The Addams Family will tour the UK and Ireland in 2017


Directed by Matthew White, the show will open in Edinburgh on April 20, 2017, before touring to locations including Northampton, Southend, Birmingham, Truro, Cardiff and Dublin.

It is scheduled to finish at the Lowry in Salford on September 9, 2017, with further tour dates to be announced.

It has music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show, based on the characters created by Charles Addams, previously enjoyed a run of nearly two years on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. Casting for the forthcoming tour is yet to be announced.

The Addams Family original stories were adapted into two Hollywood films in the ’90s, The Addams Family and its sequel The Addams Family Values, which starred Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá and Christina Ricci.

Plot Summary. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family! Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. All the usual clan are present – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.

The show is being produced by United Theatrical, Aria Entertainment and Music and Lyrics, through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

For further information, please visit Twitter: @AddamsFamilyUK

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2012 You Tube Trailer


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Carmen High

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Carmen High is a theatrical mash up of opera, hip hop,original songs and classical music that reinvents the opera of Carmen. It is a powerful story about a popular mean girl( we all know them , don’t we?) who jokingly dates a high school outcast. A story of fitting in and not fitting in, being bullied , being popular, peer pressures, pop culture, friendship and rape.Carmen High is conceived in concept, lyrics and dialogue by Stephanie Vlahos and features the music from the Bizet opera with original songs.Georgia Mendes who plays Carmen is a credible seductress and the centre of attention of all the boys. There are some very promising voices in this group and under Stephanie Vlahos ‘ direction they hit all the right notes.Fabulous production.Hope to see them back next year at the Fringe.

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating  5/5


Benjamin Britten’s Little Sweep

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Well done to Adrian Connell and the cast of Little Sweep who achieved a fab 4 star review for their production of Little Sweep at the Ed Fringe.This is not an mean feat if you look at the number of shows that barely scraped one or two stars together! Anyway, I have re-blogged the review below for all to read:

Little Sweep Review Edinburgh 2016

4 Star

Show details

Venue: Augustine Unmited Church

Company : Norfolk Youth Music Theatre

Running Time : 60 mins

Production: Adrian Connell( Director, Musical Director and Pianist)

Clean sweep as Norfolk Youth Theatre step up the musical ladder to present Benjamin Britten’s opera about a genteel family , re-enacting a family legend of how they saved one small child from a life going up the chimneys of big houses.The production has a mainly young cast who sing the opera after an opening scene when they hear a favourite tale in the nursery on a wet afternoon.The tale is that the girls of the house along with their cousins rescue Sam , a nine year old , who has been sold to Black Bob , a brutal sweep master, by his father in order to put food on the family table.This is Sam’s first day and he gets stuck up the first chimney he climbs.Once he is rescued and cleaned up he is smuggled out the next morning in the visiting family’s luggage.The opera is beautifully sung by the cast with Rowan , the nursery maid played by Isabella Pitman to the fore with some of the most challenging parts.This is a scaled down production for NYMT but what lacks in cast numbers it makes up by rising to the challenge of operatic singing.

Bubble Revolution

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This was our first performance of the day.It is a one-woman revolutionary fairy tale about growing up during and after the fall of communism in Poland.

55 years after Berlin Wall divided Europe, 27 years after communism collapsed,

It relates a story of a girl wanting to be Michael Jackson, an adolescent experiencing cheap wine and bad sexit is a story of a woman dreaming about love .Bubble Revolution is the story of Wiktoria who wanted to be called something more exotic like Claudia or Samantha (even without the “th”) and her journey through a magical land filled with memories,colours,scents and sounds of the past. Oh and Nutella! Interspersed with Polish sentences Wiktoria recalls her father’s bedtime stories about launching a “naughty ” Lenin to Mars, ponders about the importance of bubble gum in her life and the excitement felt when finally being able to visit the West (Norway) filling the car with cans of Coca Cola, Sprite and Tonic.It was probably the best show we watched that day.Wiktoria was played by Kasia Lech and performed in English with a Polish accent and a slight touch of Irish. Very poignant performance with an unexpected ending. A must see!!!

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating   5/5

New Town Theatre (Venue 7)     13:45 55 minutes      Suitability: 14+ Guide         Group: Polish Theatre Ireland


Worbey & Farrells Rhapsody

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Worbey & Farrells Rhapsody. Our second performance of the day .This duo bring their unique style to the world greatest music ranging from Liszt to Queen.An amazing show that one minute throws you into fits of laughter and the next moves you to tears. Utterly dazzling!

M Bicknell

Thespis  5/5


360 Allstars

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The last two days have been full on packed with a variety of events that you can only experience at the Fringe.Yesterday we started the day with the action packed show “360 Allstars”.This is a phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation.Boasting a stellar international cast , including world champion athletes and world class performers, the production connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical reinvention of circus.It was energetic, loud and a great show for the whole family.

M Bicknell

Thespis Rating  4/5

Assembly Hall (Venue 35) 16:20 Aug 10-14, 16-29 1 hourSuitability: U

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360 Allstars