Head of Wardrobe

Head of Wardrobe


Peter Pan Goes Wrong

UK Tour with West End Christmas Season

Kenny Wax Ltd is one of the leading Production Companies operating in the West End and on Tour. Peter Pan Goes Wrong is one of its big successes both on stage and screen and will soon be opening on Broadway. We are a company that offers a work culture that nurtures and encourages personal and professional development. We encourage diversity and inclusion across all our shows and welcome applications from all backgrounds and levels of experience.

Head of Wardrobe

Salary: £840.12 per performance week plus touring allowance & travel

Benefits: Employee Assistance Programme, First Aid Training if needed, Wellbeing and Resilience programmes, access to physiotherapy

Contract: Fixed Term 32 weeks

Show schedule: performances are 6 days per week either Monday – Saturday or Tuesday – Sunday depending on each venue’s schedule.

Holiday: 28 days per year

Start Date: August 2023

Location: Various UK Touring venues & the West End

Personal Attributes: We are looking for applicants with previous wardrobe experience in a similar role on tour or the West End. The role requires someone who has strong leadership skills as well as technical abilities. Last minute cast changes are normal on this production, so applicants must be able to adapt quickly.

Job Description

  • To maintain the costumes and accessories to the standard required by the Designer and Costume Supervisor;
  • To devise all dressing show plots for the production and teach the Deputy Head of Wardrobe and local dressers as required;
  • To take a show dressing plot - undertaking costume changes during the performance as required;
  • To directly manage the Wardrobe team, including local dressers and deps and the running of all performances of the production;
  • To clean and launder all costumes in the manner and frequency required to maintain the appearance of the costumes, including co-ordinating dry cleaning;
  • To buy replacement costumes as required and to fit and alter costumes as needed during the run of the production including Understudies;
  • To be responsible for and carry out all running repairs on costumes as required;
  • To follow up on all notes made by the team regarding costumes in their care, checking for accuracy and to maintain the master costume bible;
  • To be responsible for the Wardrobe department COSHH record / Health and Safety and good housekeeping procedures;
  • To ensure that each touring venue’s running wardrobe room and all costumes in dressing rooms are kept in a clean and tidy manner;
  • To maintain the costumes and accessories to the standard required but the Designer and Costume Supervisor;
  • To account for and support the administration of petty cash for Wardrobe  Department spends, obtaining where possible VAT invoices for any hires and purchases made through petty cash;
  • Any other reasonable duty that would normally fall within the remit of a Head of Wardrobe based on industry norms and practice.

Person Specification

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with excellent attention to detail;
  • A proactive and flexible attitude;
  • Previous experience of UK Touring;
  • Previous experience of leading a team;
  • Excellent sewing skills and working knowledge of theatre costume;
  • Respectful approach and consideration of others, bearing in mind the potentially sensitive nature of wardrobe/costume work;
  • Extensive experience of wardrobe maintenance and dressing actors on productions of similar scale and type;
  • The ability to work well with actors and creative team;
  • The ability to work under pressure and effectively prioritise;
  • Awareness of current health & safety legislation;
  • Experience with performer flying is desirable;
  • Strong working knowledge of UK Theatre & SOLT Equity and BECTU agreements.

Please send a CV to [email protected] with PPGW HEAD OF WARDROBE in the subject line. Deadline is 5pm Friday 7th April.