THE clock is ticking on the RSC’s Stitch In Time eBay auction which closes at 8pm tonight, Friday.
For the past 10 days The Royal Shakespeare Company have been auctioning over 80 costumes and costume-making items to raise money for the Company’s Stitch In Time campaign, to support the restoration and redevelopment of its Costume Workshop.
Items up for grabs include trousers and a tunic worn by David Tennant, Ian McKellen’s floor length coat, doublet and hose worn by Judi Dench and Susannah York’s dress, plus many more costume pieces worn by actors including Simon Callow, Sinead Cusack, Anita Dobson, Jane Lapotaire, Antony Sher, Patrick Stewart and Simon Russell Beale. All costumes are listed on eBay with costume measurements and a certificate of authenticity.
The RSC, a registered charity, makes thousands of costume items each year in its Stratford-based Costume Workshop. Once a production ends, most costumes are placed into the Company’s Costume Store and are available to hire. Some key items go into in the RSC’s Museum Collection and appear in exhibitions in the RSC’s theatres and around the world.
Stitch In Time is a £3m campaign, raising funds towards the cost of restoring and redeveloping the Costume Workshop, and has been supported by individuals and businesses from around the world.
There is £1.8m left to raise, but when complete the redevelopment will create improved facilities for costume making; care for the RSC’s heritage Grade II listed buildings (including the 1887 Scene Dock, which will become a new entrance to the RSC’s offices); create more space to enable new training and apprenticeship opportunities to secure the future of costume making in Stratford and allow visitors to experience the Company’s world-class costume workshop for the first time through tours and online.
David Tennant, RSC Board member and Associate Artist said: “I have had the pleasure of wearing many costumes at the RSC, created in their workshop in Stratford-upon-Avon. I always think of the very first costume I had when I went there, which was Touchstone in As You Like It.
“I had this extraordinary, calf-length coat in the jesters’ motley. It was beautifully put together, and the amount of work that had gone into it took my breath away. The attention to detail, the sheer craftsmanship that is engrained in each costume impressed me then and continues to impress me at the company today.”
For more information on the auction please visit www.rsc.org.uk/stitch-in-time-auction