Costume design for robin in Babes in the Wood

Costume design for robin in Babes in the Wood

This design for 12 robins, dancers in the 1907 Drury Lane pantomime Babes in the Wood, was by the prolific designer Attilio Comelli who dreamed up many of Drury Lane's pantomime costumes. Other animals dancing in this pantomime in the forest scene included eight storks and 12 pairs of insects.

Drury Lane prided itself on producing the most visually impressive productions in the country as it had done since the days when Augustus Harris had been producer. At this date Arthur Collins was in charge at Drury Lane, and he was the co-author of this pantomime. As had become traditional in Babes in the Wood, the plot included the characters Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Little John and Will Scarlet. Not all the scenes were entirely relevant to the plot, however, such as the scene in Lollipop Land played almost entirely by children, with scenery designed by the famous Bruce 'Sensation' Smith.