RSC to dispose of costumes in Stratford jumble sale

Steve Orme

More than 10,000 items will be up for grabs at a costume jumble sale at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s former rehearsal rooms on Arden Street, Stratford.

The RSC needs to free up more space to make room for new costumes that will be available for hire, so it is selling items from productions stretching back over the past 20 years.

Among them will be uniform coats from the 2008 production of Hamlet which featured David Tennant in the title role. Costumes from Julius Caesar (2009), Othello (2015), The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016) and Cymbeline (2016) are also on offer.

Prices start at £1 and money raised will go towards the redevelopment of the RSC’s costume workshop.

Alistair McArthur, RSC head of costume, said, “most pieces are labelled with the name of the actor who originally wore them, so who knows what little gems people might pick up?”

The sale will be held on Saturday 23 September. Admission is £3.