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Maddermarket Theatre’s auction of props and curiosities raises almost £2,000

14:33 08 February 2016

Auctioneer Mike Sarson at The Maddermarket Theatre

Auctioneer Mike Sarson at The Maddermarket Theatre's auction of props, costumes and curiosities. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

ARCHANT NORFOLK

Everything from the White Witch’s sleigh to vintage costumes to leopard puppets went under the hammer at an auction which raised nearly £2,000 for Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre.

Creative directors Peter Beck and Stash Kirkbride with auctioneer Mike Sarson at The Maddermarket Theatre's auction of props, costumes and curiosities.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYCreative directors Peter Beck and Stash Kirkbride with auctioneer Mike Sarson at The Maddermarket Theatre's auction of props, costumes and curiosities. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The city arts venue held the auction of props, costumes and curiosities on Friday night, with many of the items on sale coming from the theatre’s Christmas show, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe.

The White Witch’s sleigh selling for £110 was among the auction’s highlights, meanwhile the character’s crown and staff went for £70, a pair of leopard puppets went for £40, and the shed used for the theatre’s Narnia-themed Santa’s grotto went for £100.

The auction was run by auctioneers TW Gaze and all the money raised will help the theatre update its technical equipment.

Peter Beck, one of the Maddermarket Theatre’s creative directors, said: “It was a really fun evening. TW Gaze always do a really fun auction for us so it’s good to have them on board.

“We raised just under £2,000 with the possibility of more being raised through some equipment going to TW Gaze’s sound and vision auction in March.

“We have just had a new sound system installed and the money raised will go towards that.”

Some of the theatre’s old technical equipment will be auctioned at the Sound and Vision Auction at TW Gaze’s Diss Auction Rooms on March 24. Visit www.twgaze.co.uk

For more information about the Maddermarket Theatre’s shows and events, visit www.maddermarket.co.uk

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Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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