Royal visit to RSC Costume Workshop

Monday 2nd of March 2020 11:20 AM

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, President of the Royal Shakespeare Company, visited Stratford-upon-Avon where he found out more about the restoration and redevelopment work of the RSC’s Costume Workshop.

The RSC Costume Workshop redevelopment has been given £1 million to restore and redevelop its costume workshop, enabling public access for the first time, from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the CWLEP, which has match funding.

His Royal Highness donned a hard hat to visit the Costume Workshop building site based on Waterside in the town to see progress on the redevelopment. He then moved onto the RSC’s studio theatre, The Other Place, which houses the company’s Costume Hire department, where he met members of the Costume Team including Head of Costume Alistair McArthur. His Royal Highness also saw an extract from the RSC’s family show – The Boy in the Dress.

RSC Head of Costume, Alistair McArthur, said: “We talked about how we are trying to keep skills alive through the Costume Workshop, and how we want to celebrate that, and about the apprenticeships that mean we can pass those skills on.”

The RSC’s Costume Workshop is set to re-open later this year.  The restoration and redevelopment of the Costume Workshop will create the best facilities for costume-making in a working environment fit for the 21st Century. For more information visit

Caption: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, visited the RSC’s Costume Workshop in February 2020

Photo credit: Sam Allard, copyright RSC