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Sets and Decoration

The pantomimes were supported by numerous specialist suppliers. Lights were hired from firm of Strand Electric, sound and staging were provided by Mr R.H. Wood of the BBC, and programmes and tickets were printed locally in Windsor by the firm of Oxley & Sons.

In 1944 the famous British Hollywood film director, producer and screenwriter Sir Alexander Korda assisted with the production of Old Mother Red Riding Boots by supplying his chief designer to design and make the scenery.

The decorative wall paintings of fairy-tale characters were designed and painted by the evacuee art student Claude Whatham, assisted by fellow students of Wycombe Technical Institute where he was studying at the time. The images were painted on wallpaper rolls provided by John Lines & Sons using paints purchased from Winsor & Newton.

See a selection of the character paintings in more detail below.

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Aladdin

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Jack and the Beanstalk

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Babes in the Wood

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Dick Whittington and his Cat

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Puss in Boots

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Peter Pan

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Cinderella

Claude Whatham (1927-2008)

Little Red Riding Hood