Unless a production is deliberately larger than life, the wigs should go unnoticed, and for more than 40 years Wig Specialities has been getting that right for theatre, film and TV.

Wig Specialities’ Richard Mawbey has produced high quality, bespoke wigs for major countless theatrical presentations in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. These include classical Shakespearean productions, contemporary plays, musicals, pantomime, ballet and opera.

Some of the company’s credits are Hair Spray, The Producers, Evita, Barnum and La Cage Aux Folles, to mention just a few. TV and Film work include Cilla, Poldark, Little Britain, Titanic, Vikings, The Tudors and Gavin and Stacey.

titanicAll the wigs for the principle players are handmade and individually styled to perfectly blend in with the overall look of the character. Wig Specialities also has a vast range of rentable wigs for other cast members.

Says Wig Specialities managing director Richard Mawbey: “The last thing we look for is critical acclaim. In most productions, a good wig is one that the audience does not know is a wig, which is why we take so much care in fitting and selecting the right colour palette for each wig.”

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In London Richard Mawbey is the managing director of Wig Specialities Ltd., whose Film credits include Amadeus, Tomb Raider with Anjelina Jolie, Without A Paddle (Burt Reynolds), Prozac Nation (Jessica Lange & Christina Ricci), The Hunt for Red October, Nicholas Nickleby, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Mask of Zorro, Greystoke, Willow, Jefferson In Paris, Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour Lost, Hamlet & Frankenstein, Surviving Picasso, Entrapment, Jude, The End of the Affair, The Man In The Iron Mask, Richard III, Michael Collins, Angela’s Ashes, Scandal, The Rock Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Fifth Element, Anna Karenina, Yentl, Superman, The Whales of August, Face-Off, The House of Mirth, Finding Forrester, Le Pacte des Loups, Sexy Beast, The Golden Bowl, Die Another Day, Titanic with Kate Winslett , It's De-Lovely, Alfie, The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Star Wars, Wilde, Mask of Zorro, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with Ewan Macgregor, The Pianist, Oliver Twist (with Sir Ben Kingsley as Fagin), Chicago, Disney's Santa Clause 1, 2 and 3, Mike Nichols' Closer, Oscar winning Spanish film The Sea Inside, Being Julia with Annette Bening, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Walker with Woody Harrelson and Lauren Bacall, The Wolfman with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Richard Harris as Dumbledore in Harry Potter (Philosopher's Stone & Chamber of Secrets).

judi madame du sadeLondon theatre credits include The Best Man starring Martin Shaw, Maureen Lipman and Glynis Barber, Ruthless at the Arts Theatre, BARNUM at the Menier, Labour of Love with Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig at the Noel Coward Theatre, Apologia starring Stockard Channing and Richard the Third starring Martin Freeman at Trafalgar Studios, Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre, The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Season at the Garrick Theatre starring Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi. ELF the Musical and White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre, The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studios starring James McIlvoy, From Here To Eternity, the new Musical by Sir Tim Rice at the Shaftesbury, Urinetown at the Apollo, Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at the Menier starring Catherine Tate and AaronTveit, Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville starring Cristina Bianco, The Commitments at the Palace, Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale and Midsummer Night's Dream at the Noel Coward, Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud, the Lincoln Centre production of South Pacific at the Barbican, Hairspray at the Shaftesbury, Legally Blonde starring Sheridan Smith at the Savoy, End of the Rainbow at Trafalgar Studios, Piaf and Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, the Vaudeville and at the Liceu Theatre, Buenos Aires, Zorro the Musical at the Garrick, Evita at the Adelphi, Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse and at the Gielgud, the Donmar West End Season directed by Tony Award-winning Michael Grandage, starring Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov, Dame Judi Dench in Madame de Sade, Sir Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night and Jude Law in Hamlet . Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly starring Ewan McGregor - UK tour and Australian Tour, The Producers at Drury Lane starring Nathan Lane, Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Haymarket, Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury. La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse (also Copenhagen, London Palladium 1986, Menier Chocolate Factory and Frankfurt), Anthony and Cleopatra (The Royal Shakespeare Company), Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria (plus Japan and Australia), M. Butterfly at the Shaftesbury, Contact at the Queens, Kiss me Kate at the Victoria Palace starring Brent Barrett and Marin Mazzie, Elaine Paige as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi, and Sheila Hancock in The Anniversary at the Garrick. Nationwide productions include CILLA the MUSICAL, the new 2017 production of La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry Springer the Opera, Santa Claus the Musical, White Christmas, We Will Rock You, The Wizard of Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Top Hat, Peter Pan, Dolly Parton's Nine To Five, 'Elf', East is East, A Damsel in Distress at Chichester, and the enormously successful Little Britain Live.

Broadway credits include Waitress, Finding Neverland starring Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, EVITA starring Ricky Martin at the Marriott Marquis Theatre, the Tony Award winning production of La Cage Aux Folles at the Longacre Theatre which won the Tony Award for Douglas Hodge as Best Actor, Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre, Hamlet at the Broadhurst Theatre, Frost Nixon starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen at the Bernard B.Jacobs Theatre and on its USA Tour with Stacy Keach.

richard little britainTelevision work includes all three series of Little Britain, the award winning mini-series Cilla and The C Word both starring Sheridan Smith, Vikings, Poldark, Ripper Street, The House of Saddam for HBO, Larkrise to Candleford, Wuthering Heights for the BBC, Oliver Twist, The Catherine Tate Show, Churchill -The Gathering Storm starring Vanessa Redgrave & Albert Finney, Waking The Dead, My Parent Are Aliens, Sherlock Holmes starring Rupert Everett, The Harry Hill Show, Miss Marple, French and Saunders, Monarch of the Glen, Cutting It, Foyle’s War, Poirot, Where The Heart Is, At Home With The Braithwaites, Nicholas Nickleby, Madam Bovary, The Scarlet Pimpernel, several series with Harry Enfield and Alan Partridge, Granada's Casanova starring David Tennant and Peter O'Toole, The Tudors and Gavin and Stacey - "Lush"!

Opera includes Die Soldaten at the Ruhr Triennale Festival in Germany and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Cosi Fan Tutte in Aix en Provence and Death in Venice at the English National Opera and at the Monnaie in Brussels.

Ballet Productions include Casanova and The Little Mermaid for Northern Ballet.

Richard considers it an honour to be personal wig-maker to Sir Sean Connery, Kylie Minogue, Iggy Azalea , Jessie J, Paloma Faith and the wonderful Dame Edna Everage, while working with many great stars such as Maureen Lipman, Albert Finney, Kevin Kline, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, John Inman, Jessica Lange, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Lily Tomlin, Susan Sarandon, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Diana Rigg, Rita Ora, Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Jane Krakowski, the late Cilla Black, Tom Conti, Lorna Luft, Billy Connelly, the late Ann Miller, Dame Shirley Bassey, Madonna for her Hollywood video and, of course, the irreplaceable Danny La Rue.