Visualisation for the redeveloped costume workshop
RSC launches costume department fundraising bid1:45, 31st October 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) has launched a public fundraising bid to help with the redevelopment of its costume workshop. The campaign, called Stitch In Time, is hoping to raise £3m towards the restoration of the largest in-house costume-making department within any British theatre.
Arts Council England has already pledged £2.1m, and Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that the RSC secured initial support for a National Lottery grant totalling £950,000.
The restoration of the costume workshop will update the costume-making facilities, care for the Grade II listed buildings, provide opportunities for training and apprenticeships, and open the workshop to visitors. Issues that are to be addressed through the National Lottery-funded project include poor lighting in the workshop, uneven flooring, accessibility difficulties (including no lifts), lack of space, leaking roofs, and inadequate temperature control.
By heading online, members of the public can choose costume items to support. In return, those who contribute £30 and over will be given a thank you card, a Stitch In Time badge, their name added to the list of RSC supporters, regular updates about the project, and invitations to events about the project and costume making.
RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said: ‘We hope people will support this fantastic project, by contributing to all the different elements of our costume-making, from shoes and underwear to armoury and jewellery.’