Actor Roy Hudd takes us inside the costume room at Wilton's Music Hall

Actor and comedian Roy Hudd
Actor and comedian Roy Hudd Credit:  Heathcliff O'Malley

This is the wardrobe room at Wilton’s Music Hall, east London, where I’m in a pantomime. Wilton’s dates back to 1815, making it the oldest surviving music hall in the world.

When I became involved with Wilton’s 40 years ago, it was in a terrible state. A flock of pigeons had taken up home in the roof. I raised money for its restoration.

It’s now back to its former glory and it has a wonderful, rich atmosphere. This is the first pantomime that has ever been held here.

My prerequisite for being in the show was that I would play the dame. I’ve never played one in my 59 years of showbusiness.

Credit:  Heathcliff O'Malley


Jack Tripp was the greatest pantomime dame and he always wore these shoes, so I bought an identical pair as a little tribute. I wear them everywhere


I don’t think the dame’s wig should be outlandish. It should look normal and believable. This is a copy of a wig worn by Norman Evans

Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley

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