David Tennant in Hamlet   Pic: RSC / Tristram Kenton


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You can now hire the crown worn by David Tennant in the RSC’s 2008 production of Hamlet. The item is available from the company’s extensive store of costumes and props and can be rented out for the princely (ah, see what we did there …) sum of £20 per week.


Until recently the 30,000 costumes have only been made available to acting and educational organisations but the RSC has now chosen to make them available to the public. Not all costumes used in the companies productions make it to the store – the higher profile ones go to the RSC Archives or are put on display, while some are deemed to be not suitable for hire. However, the costume store does contain costumes worn by Glenda Jackson and Simon Callow. The costumes have been hired out for use in a number of high profile TV and film productions, including Shakespeare In Love and Elizabeth, while Roman breast plates were used to inspire Russell Crowe’s costume for Gladiator.


The Hamlet crown   Pic: Birmingham Mail


However, along with the regular enquiries about costumes and props, the RSC Costume Hire department has had to deal with some more unusual requests, including several calls from a man who was looking for an unwashed pair of David Tennant’s socks! It is no surprise to learn that his request was turned down.


Source: Birmingham Mail


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