We work with production companies providing costumes for film, TV, photoshoots and stage, as well as schools, universities and theatre companies, including amateur dramatic groups.

We specialise in high quality, professionally made costumes, both historical and contemporary.

An expansive range of costumes suitable for feature films, professional productions and more.
Photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC Browse and license our images



Our beautiful, handcrafted costumes are available to hire individually or in bulk. In total our stores hold more than 60,000 costumes and accessories, the majority of which are made by the RSCs skilled Costume Department to the highest quality. If you are looking for a non-professional looking for an outfit for an event, please see our public hire pages.

Our hire rails include:

  • Historical costumes ranging from the Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman Empires all the way through to the end of the 20th Century
  • Modern and contemporary costumes
  • Fantasy and futuristic costumes
  • Military uniforms from all periods
  • Armoury and Footwear
  • Jewellery and Millinery
Claire Collins, TV Costume Designer

"Using the hire service at the RSC costume store is always a pleasure. The costumiers are all very knowledgeable about the stock and period costume. The organisation of their vast costume stock is immaculate which makes pulling and sourcing easy on a quick schedule. Using the RSC gives peace of mind, knowing that you are hiring high quality, well-made items that actors feel comfortable and confident performing in."


Visits to Costume Hire are by appointment only and must be booked in advance. Alternatively our knowledgeable Costume Hire Assistants are able to assist you remotely. We offer the following services at an additional fee:

  • In-house styling services
  • Onsite rooms for costume fittings
  • A holding service to ensure your selection is available, maximum of 6 weeks.
  • Courier service, including next day and Saturday deliveries.
Shelves packed with different coloured shoes
The shoe collection at our Costume Hire store
Photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC Browse and license our images


We ensure our prices remain competitive. We have over 60,000 items of costume and can actively work with you to ensure you meet your budget requirements.

  • Costumes and accessories are priced individually, we estimate a full costume to cost around £90 plus VAT.
  • We hire on a sliding scale basis, after week one the price reduces to 50% for the second week, and 25% from weeks 3 to 12. Weeks 13 to 20 are charged at 10%. For long term hire please speak with us directly.
  • Our minimum hire period is one week. We do not hire for part weeks.

We charge the same rate to all our customers and currently we do not offer any discounts.


Visits to Costume Hire are by no-obligation appointment only. The store is open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm. To book an appointment, complete the Costume Hire Enquiry Form below. You can also call us on +44 (0)1789 272444.

Erin Charteris, Wardrobe Manager Hampton Court Palace

"The RSC Hire department is my favourite costume hire facility. The team are very responsive and accommodating and it offers the very best value for money. The costume store is extremely neat and well organised and the stock is very well maintained so browsing the rails is easy and enjoyable. When I cannot get on site to make selections myself their extremely helpful team never fail to select exactly what I need both visually but also, without exception, in the accurate sizes. A great selection of stock and superb quality of costumes. Just what you would expect from the RSC!"

Victoria Bower-Morris, Senior School Head of Drama

"I have been hiring from RSC costumes for ten years. There probably isn’t another costume hiring place like it in the world. With three floors containing stunning period and vintage clothing, battle-wear, headgear and shoes, it's an Aladdin’s cave of superb, stunning and beautifully maintained costumes. The best thing is that you are trusted to roam around and take your time with your cast list. You can easily spend a whole day getting absorbed in the world of these RSC costumes. It’s always a thrill to hire a shirt with Benedict Cumberbatch written on the collar or a Judi Dench hat!"


RSC Costume Hire is based at The Other Place just a few minutes' walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 

RSC Costume Hire
The Other Place
Southern Lane
CV37 6BH




Download the Costume Hire Terms and Conditions (PDF)