Backstage Video: A Look at Costume Quick Changes

by Stage Directions

What does it take to be a dresser in the theater? In this very informative video from the National Theatre, watch some of its talented dressers change the costumes from Amadeus in under 40 seconds. (They even put a clock on the changes.) C’mon, we all have to show the dressers backstage some love! They have a tough, and often unappreciated job!! The Amadeus costumes were designed by Chloe Lamford.

Chloe Lamford is an international stage designer, working in theatre, opera, music and installation. She trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art. She received the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Design for Performance 2013.Lamford is Associate Designer at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and a resident of Somerset House Studios.

She recently created The Site, at the Royal Court Theatre, a  temporary theatre space and installation with five curated plays written in response to provocations and the space itself. 

Current/Future Productions:
Lamford is co-directing and designing The Antipodes with Annie Baker for the National Theatre. She recently designed Europe (Donmar Warehouse; Innocence directed by Simon Stone (Aix Festival, July 2020); The Handmaids Tale (Royal Danish Opera); she is co-creating The Song Project with Wende Snijders for the Royal Court Theatre; Mens (Visual direction for singer Wende Snijders); directed by Lies Pauwels (Hetpaleis, Antwerp).