Coats is the thread supplier for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The three-year partnership will provide the RSC with a regular supply of Coats threads. These are already used by RSC staff in costume making and millinery and Coats will also collaborate on design innovations where its expertise in threads, yarns and fabrics brings new opportunities to explore for costume design.
Each year RSC uses over 1,70,000 meters of thread on costumes made from the finest chiffon to the toughest leather. Coats threads are seen as strong, durable, high quality capable of withstanding everything from washing to dry cleaning, dyeing to distressing.
A RSC costume can be on stage for well over 100 performances, so it needs to be made to withstand the rigors of the stage. As well as being worn by some of the greatest names in British theatre, many of the costumes made for RSC productions have been hired out and used for countless TV programs and movies including Shakespeare in Love, Braveheart and Gladiator.
As well as the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, RSC produces new work from living artists and also has an extensive education program.
Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer.