Shakespears performance

Stage Costumes

Stage costumes

Apart from scripts, the greatest capital a theater company maintained was its stock of costumes. An extensive stock of costumes could easily be worth more than the theater in which they were performing. Traveling players often rented costumes from theaters that had abundant costume storage to pull from. A typical theatrical doublet (the upper-body garment for a man) cost about £3, most women’s gowns were between £4 and £7, and skirts were about £2. To put these numbers into perspective, the master of the Stratford Grammar echool was at the time paid £20 for his entire year’s salary. The high cost of costumes presumably reflects how important costumes were in the theatrical event

Pictures during the play... Costumes!