From historical costume and cosplay to occasion-wear and accessories, our costume hire department has all you need for an unforgettable event.

We specialise in high quality, professionally made costumes, both historical and contemporary available to hire on a smaller, individual basis.

A large hooped dress on a mannequin and a feathered robe with an eagle headdress
Costume rails are organised by period to help you find your perfect costume easily.
Photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC Browse and license our images

Searching for the perfect costume for your next event? Look no further than our vast collection of period and contemporary costumes, with more than 60,000 individual items, each professionally cared for, straight from the RSC stages. We're sure to have exactly what you need.


Our costumes are available to anyone who's looking to hire the pieces to make a perfect outfit, and we have costumes for all ages. If you're looking for bulk hire, or work commercially, please see our professional 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
  • Group themed outfits
  • Accessories from our Armoury and Millinery departments
  • Black tie wear for formal events 


Many of our customers like to browse and select costumes themselves, but if needed our knowledgeable Costume Hire Assistants are on hand to offer their help and advice. 

We can select costumes on your behalf and can email you images if you are unable to visit us in person. For an additional fee we also offer:

  • A styling service to aid you in your selection of the perfect costume
  • A holding service to ensure your selection is available
  • Fast, reliable and cost effective courier service 
brightly coloured 'Day of the Dead' style skulls with a top had and a rose
Some of the costume accessories available to hire
Photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC Browse and license our images


Our prices are very competitive. Costumes and accessories are priced individually, so you can hire as much or as little as you need.

  • Hire is priced for the week, with individual accessories starting at just a few pounds. We estimate a full costume to cost around £90 plus VAT
  • Hires are charged on a sliding scale basis. After week one the price reduces to 50% for the second week, and 25% from weeks 3 to 12, and then 10% to week 20
  • Our minimum hire period is one week - we do not hire for part weeks

Stylists, photographers, private individuals and fancy dress parties are all welcome. We charge the same rate to all our customers. With 60,000+ costumes we really do have something for every budget! 


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.


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)