The RSC currently employs four craft apprentices at the Timothy's Bridge Road workshop in Stratford-upon-Avon where our sets and props are created.

Apprentices work on a huge range of RSC productions, seen by over 500,000 people each year all over the country and across the world. The work of the Paintshop can include ageing chandeliers by a few hundred years, creating a brick foam wall, or painting a backdrop to look like the English countryside. Set construction might involve building a panelled ball room, a full size oak tree or a grassy bank. A severed head, a cow pat and a dead ferret are just some of the items recently made by the RSC's prop making team.

The three year RSC craft apprenticeships combine learning received in the workplace whilst also enabling apprentices to complete a vocational qualification at a local college. Working through a qualification allows apprentices to combine valuable hands on experience while achieving a nationally recognised award.

The RSC Theatre Craft Apprenticeships are generously supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation.

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