The Dressing Book - The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co.

Type:Open Air Theatre

Grange Gardens, 18 Eastport Lane, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TL

Tel: 01323 501260

Poster for The Dressing Book


This original play by The Rudes set in 1795 Tunbridge Wells plays games with time and social status and has a twist in the tail. It follows the ‘social round’ of Maybelline Erstwhile who records which dresses she wears for each event in her ‘dressing book’ - and the men she encounters while wearing them.

There had been a spat concerning a gown, examples of which two women had worn to The Pantiles Annual Ball in Tunbridge Wells - a damask robe à la française with sleeves finished in a ruffle of dimity and fine English net lace. The play opens a window on the way clothes were a means by which men could control the separated public and private worlds of women. Through a process of magic realism, the action changes to the 1960’s and Maybelline's clothes, which had been her prison, now set her free.

The show is outdoors so bring a low backed chair, warm clothes & a picnic.




Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Access ticket + companion£22.00 per concession
Adult£24.00 per adult
Family£58.00 per family
Senior£23.00 per adult
Student / Child£10.00 per child

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Opening Times

Season (6 July 2024 - 7 July 2024)
Saturday - Sunday19:30 - 22:00

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