Costume Hire

Costumes from the Maddermarket Theatre Costume Collection are available for theatre groups, business organisations and the general public to hire on 01603 626292

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opening hours

  • Tuesday 4pm to 6pm
  • Thursday 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 11am to 1pm 

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The Maddermarket Theatre has one of the most comprehensive collections of theatrical costumes in East Anglia. Period costumes have been skillfully created, restored and donated over its eighty-plus year history. To date, the collection boasts some 30,000 costumes, over 3,000 hats and 1,000 pairs of shoes. The collection is an outstanding resource for those interested in the history of fashion, with numerous items from the Victorian and Edwardian eras and early 20th century.

Wardrobe and costume research

Researchers who are interested in studying the collection are invited to contact our wardrobe department on 01603 626560 or email

Hire charges

All hire charges are available on request. A deposit will be required on all costumes hired, which is refundable on satisfaction that costumes are returned complete and in good condition. Costumes returned late will be charged accordingly. A form of ID will be required when hiring.

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Telephone 01603 626292 during the above times for further information.