Costumes worn by late John Inman to feature in Princes Theatre panto

Friday, 19 November, 2021
Jamie Riding in dame outfit

Costumes worn by the late, great pantomime dame John Inman will once again take to the stage in this year’s Princes Theatre show Jack and the Beanstalk.

John Inman, most famous as star of TV sitcom Are You Being Served, was also a theatre legend as a pantomime dame.

His dame outfit was passed on to the current top UK Dame Malcolm Lord, who in turn this year has donated the collection of costumes and wigs to Jamie Riding – who is taking to the Princes Theatre stage as Dame Daisy Trott this year.

“The colour and creativity of pantomime dame costumes is always a spectacle, but to know that there is also a very real history and story to your outfit adds a certain something to it,” Jamie said.

“Indeed, pantomime itself is full of heritage and tradition so it is fitting – metaphorically and also, thankfully, literally – and a real honour to be wearing John Inman’s costume.”

Cllr Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council – which runs the Princes Theatre – added: “We are, rightly, seeing far more recognition these days of costume designers and other technical skills which make theatre, TV and movie productions the fantastic spectacles that they are, so I hope audiences can appreciate both the style and history of Dame Daisy’s outfit this year.”

Tickets are on sale for Jack and the Beanstalk, which runs at the Princes Theatre from 4 December until 1 January 2022. Tickets are £15 (£14 concessions, £52 family) and are available from or by calling the Box Office on 01255 686633 option 1.Jack and the Beanstalk is brought to the Clacton venue by Anton Benson Productions.

Last updated on: 19/11/2021 - 15:19