Published on February 15th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds
The Great RSC Sell-Off!
Ladies and Gentlemen, step right this way for some pucker Royal Shakespeare Costumes as worn by the Doctor himself David Tennant – along with periodÂ threads thatÂ haveÂ been modelled by thespianÂ legends Â Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of theÂ Rings) and Samantha Bond (GoldenEye, The Sarah Jane Adventures‘ Mrs Wormwood).
The RSC have put 15,000 items I say, 15,000 items, I can’t say fairer than that, up for sale and punters have been queuing for hours at the Company’s Stratford-Upon-Avon Rehearsal Rooms.
We’ve got your nun’s habits, policeman’s helmets your common or garden chain mail, crowns, rails of cloaks, capes and Egyptian headdresses for your King Tut disco.
Punters have been snapping up David Tennant’s used laundry. Jonathan James, an English Literature student at Lancaster University, from Redditch, Worcs, snapped up a cream jacket, as worn by the former Doctor inÂ the 2000 production of Shakespeare’s Emo classicÂ Romeo and Juliet, for an Ayrton Senna:
“I never thought I’d be able to buy a costume worn by David Tennant for Â£10. I think I will take it home and frame it.”
Bless her cottons, this lady has snapped up a beautiful set of Grey Slippers for a McGarret – as worn by the Time Lord when he played Denmark’s second favourite son (after Peter Schmeichel) Hamlet back in 2008:
“David Tennant’s slippers are a real gem.”
When I’d finished counting up me takings the RSC had raised Â£55,000 from costumes that they can no longer hire or use.Â RSC big cheese, Alistair McArthur – the Head of Costumes – told me:
“Some pieces really are beautiful â€“ so much craft has gone into making them â€“ watching them go to a different home feels a bit like letting your children go off to college.”
It’s like me and me carrots. I get dead sentimental when they leave the stall.
(via The Daily Telegraph)