BID NOW! David Tennant's Stage Costumes Now Up For Grabs In RSC Charity Auction

The RSC’s Stitch In Time Auction is now live on eBay!

From 8pm this evening, The Royal Shakespeare Company will auction 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.  The online auction will take place over Shakespeare’s Birthday for a 10-day period ending at 8pm on Friday 27th April.

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 will be listed on eBay with costume measurements and a certificate of authenticity.

Click here to visit the auction pages

David's costume pieces are:
- Military brocade coat and hat from Love's Labours Lost (2008)
- Black dress trousers from Hamlet (2008)
- Brown trainers worn in Hamlet (2008)
- Cream robe from Richard II (2013)
- White tunic from Richard II (2013)
- Blue velvet jacket from Shakespeare Live! At The RSC (2016)

The RSC, a registered charity, makes thousands of costume items each year in its Stratford-upon-Avon 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-upon-Avon
- 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


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