Lots on offer as theatre outfits and memorabilia up for sale

Abi Titmuss, left, in Mudd Cows
Abi Titmuss, left, in Mudd Cows
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From cute to quirky to practical and intriguing to entertaining, there’s lots of lots in the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 60th anniversary auction.

The Scarborough theatre turns sale house for the day when the public will have the chance to bid on memorabilia from past productions on Sunday April 26.

There will also be theatrical items and accessories in a table and rail sale.

Artistic director Chris Monks said: “It’s the theatre’s 60th anniversary year, we have an exciting capital build project to create new onsite storage for costume and props and we will soon see the grand opening of the community OutReach Rooms.

“While clearing out our stores to make way for these new facilities we’ve unearthed some fantastic items for auction, so whether you’re looking to own a piece of theatre history, something quirky or more practical, come along and you can pick up some theatrical gems while also helping to raise valuable funds for the theatre.”

Fans of Janie Dee may recognise outfits worn by the actress in Alan Ayckbourn’s 2008 revival of Woman In Mind. Party numbers sported by Abi Titmuss in John Godber’s 2013 premiere Muddy Cows, a princess dress seen in Ayckbourn’s Awaking Beauty and a ladies’ two-piece suit from his 2012 play Surprises - both designed by Michael Holt, and a 1910-inspired evening gown from Chris Monks’ 2010 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are some of the other costume lots on offer.

Whether you’re looking to own a piece of theatre history, something quirky or more practical, come along and you can pick up some theatrical gems while also helping to raise valuable funds for the theatre.

Artistic director Chris Monks

Furniture pieces going under the hammer range from art deco table and chairs to garden furniture, sofas, Victorian reproductions and ornate thrones.

Winning bidders of behind the scenes experiences will be able to watch a performance from the lighting control room; explore the building from rooftop to basement in a special hard hat tour; treat a group of friends to a vintage fashion makeover; and there’s the opportunity to have your own greeting on the theatre’s front canopy.