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The RSC prepares for 10,000 item jumble sale

The jumble sale will see thousands of items from previous productions available from as little as one pound

(© RSC, Photos by Ellie Kurttz and Lucy Barriball )

The RSC has today announced a new 10,000 item jumble sale, to be held on 23 September at their former rehearsal rooms in Stratford.

The sale will include uniforms, suits, shirts, doublets, shoes, jewellery and hats, as well as a variety of period and contemporary costumes, mainly made in-house by the RSC Costume Workshop. Prices will start as low as one pound.

Items in the sale will come from RSC productions stretching back over the last 20 years, including Julius Caesar (2009), Othello (2015), The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016) and Cymbeline (2016). Amongst the items on offer are uniform coats from the 2008 production of Hamlet, which featured David Tennant in the title role.

The objects are all housed within the Costume Workshop, which hires out items once the productions they have featured in have ended. The RSC needs to free up more space to make room for new costumes available to hire.

The money raised by the jumble sale will go towards restoring and renovating the Costume Workshop, currently based in an assortment of buildings opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Alistair McArthur, RSC Head of Costume, said: "At one of our previous sales someone found a pair of slippers worn by David Tennant when he played Hamlet here. Most pieces are labelled with the name of the actor who originally wore them, so who knows what little gems people might pick up?"