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Pantomime Fancy Dress Theme Costume Ideas

A great option if you need to think of something quintessentially British! (oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is!)

Though there are different fairy tales, most pantomimes have various essential characters which feature in many, if not all performances. From the Panto Dame, where males relish the chance to dress up as females, with over the top bright, colourful ‘loud’ dresses, wigs, make-up and appropriate accessories such as jumbo eyelashes, to the Principal Boy, which is often played by a girl.

At Props & Frocks we have costumes for most pantomimes, including Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk & Sleeping Beauty. Not only do we stock the major characters, but we also have costumes and accessories for the chorus, from fairies, to villagers and everything in between. Take a look at our large range of Fairytale costumes, our hire costume stock will fill in any gaps.

Here are some Pantomime costume suggestions, but there are so many more, and there is something to suit all sizes and budgets.

  • Snow White - Other characters include; Wicked Queen (use a witch costume), Prince Charming, woodcutter and who can forget the seven dwarfs?
  • Little Red Riding Hood plenty of red riding hood costumes available to purchase, and why not go as a couple with our Granny Wolf costume, or a peasant costume for the woodcutter?
  • Cinderella a whole host of costumes available here from Ugly Sister costumes, Fairy Godmother & Prince Charming outfits and don’t forget poor Cinders and Cinderella ballgowns.
  • Aladdin also called Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves another fantastic story with a large range of characters to help you to choose your costume. Traditionally set in China but Disneys version is set in the Middle East. A lot of Pantomimes will merge the two areas. Aladdin, Widow Twanky, Jafar, the baddie, Jasmine (wear a belly dancer costume) and of course, the genie. There are also roles for a parrot and monkey.
  • Peter Pan Yet another great story, full of terrific characters that you can dress up as. Firstly, we have Peter Pan, a green Elf costume will suffice as will some Robin Hood costumes. Captain Hook, Peter Pan’s arch enemy. You will need to wear a pirate captain costume and of course, you must wear a hook. Smee, Hooks second in command. You will need to wear a standard pirate costume for this character (as played by Bob Hoskins). Wendy wears an old fashioned white nightgown and the lost boys wear medieval peasant style clothing. Green fairy costumes work well for Tinker Bell. Other characters include: Indians and mermaids.
  • Alice in Wonderland, choose from Alice herself, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter or the white Rabbit.
  • Beauty & the Beast. You may need to wear a werewolf mask to get the beast effect. Beauty (or Belle) wears a yellow Victorian style dress. A lot of the characters (Wardrobe, light, tea pot) can be quite difficult to put together unless you are very talented and artistic.
  • Puss in Boots. We stock a large range of cat masks and accessories as well as over boots, hats and swords. Other characters include the Millers son, a poor boy, the King & his daughter, the Princess.
  • Jack & the Beanstalk Jack and his mother wear peasant costumes. You may need a very tall friend to go as the giant. This pantomime often includes characters from kids nursery rhymes such as Jack & Jill.
  • Babes In The Wood often combined with Robin Hood. Tudor style costumes, although the Disney version includes Hansel & Gretel, and therefore more Bavarian style costumes.
  • Dick Whittington Main characters include:
    Dick Whittington starts off very poor, our brown Robin Hood costume would be brilliant for this character
    Cat kills the rats for The Sultan
    King Rat the baddie
    The Sultan
    Pantomime Fairy
    Fairy of The Bells
    Ship Captain, his mate and some incompetent pirates
  • Robinson Crusoe following a ship wreck Robinson Crusoe finds himself on a remote desert island. Friday, is rescued from Cannibals. Pantomime versions often have Hawaiian based characters wearing grass skirts and flower garlands.
  • Sleeping Beauty Main Characters include:
    The Princess Sleeping Beauty
    King & Queen
    3 good fairies
    Wicked Fairy
    Prince Charming
  • Treasure Island a chance to wear those Pirate costumes again
  • The Wizard of Oz
    Dorothy
    Tin Man
    Scarecrow
    Cowardly Lion
    Glinda
    Wicked Witch of The West

Pantomime Costume Ideas

Panto Costume Ideas

Snow White - Ideal Panto Character

A great option if you need to think of something quintessentially British!

Though there are different fairy tales, most pantomimes have various essential characters which feature in many, if not all performances. From the Pantomime Dame, where males relish the chance to dress up as females, with over the top bright, colourful, loud dresses, wigs, make-up and appropriate accessories such as jumbo eyelashes, to the Principal Boy, which is often played by a girl. At Props & Frocks we have costumes for most pantomimes, including Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk. Not only do we stock the major characters, but we also have costumes for the chorus, from fairies, to villagers and everything in between. Take a look at our large range of Fairytale costumes

Here are some Pantomime costume suggestions, but there are so many more, and there is something to suit all sizes and budgets.

  • Snow White - Other characters include; Wicked Queen (use a witch costume), Prince Charming and who can forget the seven dwarfs?
  • Red Riding Hood plenty of red riding hood costumes available to purchase, and why not go as a couple with our Granny Wolf costume, or a peasant costume for the woodcutter?
  • Cinderella a whole host of costumes available here from Ugly Sister costumes, to rats, Fairy Godmother & Prince Charming outfits and dont forget poor Cinders and Cinderella ballgowns.
  • Aladdin another fantastic story with a large range of characters to help you to choose your costume. Aladdin, Widow Twanky, Jafar, the baddie, Jasmine (wear a belly dancer costume) and of course, the genie. There are also roles for a parrot and monkey.
  • Peter Pan Yet another great story, full of terrific characters that you can dress up as. Firstly, we have Peter Pan, a green Elf costume will suffice as will some Robin Hood costumes. Captain Hook, Peter Pans arch enemy. You will need to wear a pirate captain costume and of course, you must wear a hook. Smee, Hooks second in command. You will need to wear a standard pirate costume for this character (as played by Bob Hoskins). Wendy wears an old fashioned white nightgown and the lost boys wear medieval peasant style clothing. Green fairy costumes are available to purchase for Tinker Bell. Other characters include: Indians and mermaids.
  • Alice in Wonderland, choose from Alice herself, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter or the white Rabbit
  • Beauty & the Beast. You may need to wear a werewolf mask to get the beast effect. Beauty wears a yellow Victorian style dress. A lot of the characters (Wardrobe, light, tea pot) can be quite difficult to put together unless you are very talented and artistic.
  • Puss in Boots. We stock a large range of cat masks and accessories as well as over boots, hats and swords.
  • Jack & the Beanstalk Jack and his mother wear peasant costumes. You may need a very tall friend to go as the giant

British Theme – Song Ideas

Great songs to play during your British themed event

  • The White Cliffs of Dover Vera Lynn
  • The Skye Boat Song Des OConnor & Roger Whittaker
  • Mull of Kintyre Paul Macartney & wings
  • London Calling The Clash
  • Waterloo Sunset The Kinks
  • Luton Airport Cats UK
  • Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel
  • Salisbury Hill Peter Gabriel
  • Doing The Lambeth Walk
  • Eton Rifles The Jam
  • Land of Hope & Glory
  • Hersham Boys Sham 69
  • Long Haired Lover from Liverpool Jimmy Osmond
  • Baker Street Gerry Rafferty
  • Englishman in New York Sting
  • Camden Town Suggs
  • Belfast Boney M
  • Werewolves of London Warren Zevon
  • Maybe Its Because Im a Londoner Hubert Gregg
  • Ferry Cross The Mersey Gerry &the Pacemakers
  • Warwick Avenue – Duffy

British Costume Ideas

British Fancy Dress Ideas

Us Brits are also know for being a bit eccentric, just look at our traditional pantomimes, so this is also a great costume choice for today. Morris Dancers are also quintessentially British, so can give other potential costume avenues.

Take a look at some of our Great Britains Costume Ideas (not a complete list, but we have given you a wide selection for you to start putting your own thinking caps on)

Quintessentially British

  • Lord Of The Manor Tweed jacket, plus fours, cap, walking stick
  • Pantomime character choose from the huge array of potential costumes
  • Morris Dancers
  • Cup of Tea
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • The Royal Family
  • Fish & Chips why not have this as your food?
  • Red Telephone Boxes

Famous Britains (Fictional)

  • Harry Potter
  • Mary Poppins
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • James Bond
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Famous Five 1940s
  • Chronicles of Narnia characters
  • Frankenstein
  • Scarlet OHara
  • Oliver
  • Nancy
  • Austin Powers
  • Dr. Evil
  • Captain Hook
  • Peter Pan
  • Del Boy
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Willy Wonka

Famous Britains (Real)

  • The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul MaCartney etc
  • Jane Austen Regency /Victorian
  • Nelson bi corn hat
  • Shakespeare Tudor costume
  • Queen Victoria Victorian costume
  • Queen Elizabeth I- Tudor Rich
  • Queen Elizabeth II overhead mask
  • Henry VIII Tudor Rich
  • St. George Knight
  • Winston Churchill Black suit, black bow tie, bowler hat (cigar!!)
  • Guy Fawkes Renaissance Prince
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel Victorian Man
  • Charles Darwin Victorian
  • Sir Isaac Newton Victorian
  • Diane Spencer (Princess Diana)
  • Oliver Cromwell Tudor style costume
  • Captain Cook Georgian style
  • David Beckham football kit
  • Margaret Thatcher overhead mask
  • Boudicca nearest Greek goddess
  • Charles Dickens Victorian
  • William Wallace Kilt
  • Florence Nightingale Victorian ,lace bonnet
  • Francis Drake Tudor
  • TE Lawrence Lawrence of Arabia
  • Julie Andrews nun costume
  • Bronte sisters Victorian
  • Lewis Carroll Victorian
  • Robert Louise Stevenson Victorian
  • JRR Tolkein wrote Lord of The Rings
  • CS Lewis wrote Chronicles of Narnia died 1963
  • Lord Byron Poet Regency