FORMER Conservative MP Edwina Currie dropped into the RSC costume department after watching its matinee showing of A Christmas Carol.
As the daughter of a tailor, Ms Currie has shown support to the multi-million pound revamp project of the workshops along Waterside.
She contributed to its fundraising campaign A Stitch in Time launched in September to raise funds towards the total cost of £8.7million.
The project has already secured £2.1 million of funding from Arts Council England, and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recently announced a generous pledge of £950,000 towards the revamp of the in-house department – the largest of any British theatre.
A campaign page has been set up to allow people to donate to the project and a massive costume jumble sale helped boost funds.
The plans involve connecting the current workshops with the RSC offices behind on Chapel Street, to allow the team more space and provide more training opportunities for students.
A lift will also allow the easier transfer of heavy costumes and a new main entrance on Waterside will welcome both staff and visitors who will be treated to guided tours.
Visit www.rsc.org.uk/stitch-in-time for further details.