Trainee Costume Buyer, National Theatre


The National Theatre presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics. Over the year we create around 22 productions that aim to reflect the diversity of our culture on the stages.

Almost all productions are allocated a Costume Buyer whose role it is to assist the freelance Costume Supervisor and Designer with any buying requirements and offer support during the production period.

We are currently recruiting for a Trainee Costume Buyer to join the Costume Department on a 12-month fixed-term contract. The Trainee Costume Buyer will primarily work alongside the Costume Buyers and Stock Co-ordinator and gain valuable experience through assisting and shadowing them in all aspects of their duties over the year.

After the year, the aim is for the trainee to be able to go forward independently into the industry with enhanced skills and experience towards a future career in costume buying/assisting and supervising for theatre, film or TV.

If you have current experience of working in a costume, or related environment, and a strong desire to pursue a career in costume buying, then please follow the link for the job description.

Please note that applications can only be considered if they are submitted through the National’s Online Recruitment System and returned by the closing date.

To apply, please follow the link:

The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is: 10:00am, Friday 31st January 2020.

For further queries please email  

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

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies.

HR Department 2020