Bride-to-be Mary-Beth McKenna was on the search for something a little different for her wedding gown...
So the 36-year-old, from Hillsborough, joined crowds scouring the rails of The Crucible theatre’s wardrobe department during its hotly anticipated costume sale – and was one of the first in the queue outside on Saturday.
Last seen clutching an armful of dress options, she said: “I’m getting married at Kelham Island Museum so I wanted something a bit different with a vintage feel. When I saw there was a costume sale I thought this was a great opportunity.”
Theatre group organisers were among those snapping up a piece of dramatic history – some as bizarre as lobster outfits, period dresses and outlandish hats. And people had travelled from as far away as London for The Crucible’s first wardrobe sale in 15 years.
Catherine Buxton from Kiveton was from the Wales Methodist Panto Players. She said: “I came to the last sale and we got some fantastic things, one was a costume of a castle with its very own drawbridge.
“These sales are amazing, I love them and they should have more.”
Former West End stagehand John Killion, of Meersbrook, bought an Edwardian-style cream striped suit.
He said: “Anything that is slightly different is worth having, and they are made to measure too so the quality is good. It’s always great when you have seen the costumes on stage too.”
All 1,000 items were sold and the £5,000 raised will be used to support the work of Sheffield Theatres in future.