The Interior Designers’ Pantomime


The much-anticipated Interior Designers’ Pantomime, rehershed at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, staged ‘Jack and the Blingstalk’ at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. An eye dazzling, rip-roaring, jaw-dropping production of the legendary fairytale, it was told and created by the biggest names in interior design.

The design cognoscenti included Tim Gosling as the dame, Karen Howes, Sally Storey, Mark Smith, Jon Rhodes, Tessa Kennedy, Joanna Wood, Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss from Hill House Interiors, Cyrille Bordas and Jarod Smith plus many more. Leading fashion houses including Vivienne Westwood, Bruce Oldfield, Jasper Conran, Thomas Starzewski, Allegra Hicks and John Pearse created the exuberant costumes out of beautiful furnishing fabrics donated by the industry. The detailed, handcrafted pieces were considered works of art in their own right.

Now in its sixth year, the pantomime has grown in scale and ambition, bringing the design community together to raise money for charity. This year, it was all in aid of Screw Cancer, the charity set up by William Yeoward, a huge supporter of the show, who sadly passed away in June. Honouring William’s remarkable legacy, the aim is to develop an app that helps cancer sufferers to simply navigate the overwhelming amount of contacts, appointments and information important in their treatment journey.