Costume Production Work Placement

Location South Bank
Discipline: Work Placements
Job type: Fixed Term
Salary: Unpaid, with reasonable travel and food expenses
Job ref: 007322
Published: 27 days ago
Expiry date: 02 Jun 2024 12:00

We have an exciting opportunity for a placement in the Costume Production department at the Royal National Theatre.


The National Theatre

The National Theatre is central to the creative life of the country. In its three theatres on the South Bank in London it presents up to 25 new shows a year and productions also play in the West End and on tour.  It broadcasts to cinemas worldwide through National Theatre Live, streams plays free to UK schools and produces a wealth of digital content about theatre.

Through an extensive programme of amplifying activities – platform performances, backstage tours, publications, exhibitions and outdoor events – it recognises that theatre doesn't begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain.


About the placements

The Costume Production Department is responsible for overseeing the making and sourcing of all the costume related aspects for each production.

We can offer Work Placements (normally 2-3 weeks each) in each of the following areas:

*         Women’s Costume making (including Alterations)

*         Men’s Costume making (including Alterations)

*         Textile Studio

*         Costume Supervising /Buying department.

Candidates are expected to identify which discipline they would prefer to work in. All placements would be based within the National Theatre premises in London. As the nature of Costume work is constantly varied, no guarantees can be given as to specific techniques or skills you will encounter at the time of the placement, but you will be able to gain an accurate view and experience a busy working Costume Department.


We will be looking for candidates with the following:

*         To have completed or currently be on a relevant HE course for the area chosen. ( Costume making/ design/ supervising/ Textile effect etc)

*         Be willing to work as part of a team

*         Interest in theatre costume

*         Able to work with all types of people and respond to instruction

*         The ability to understand, interpret and realise creative requirements


Please download placement outline here


Please include photographs of your work in your application and give as much detail as possible about your availability until March 2025.


Please note that work placements are only available to those who are UK based and aged over 18.


We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone. 


**Owing to the large quantity of applications expected  please allow time for us to review your applications, it may take longer that stated in your application confirmation. **