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Saturday, 17 March 2018

The REP to hold grand sale of iconic theatre pieces

Members of the public will have the chance to buy unique pieces of theatrical history as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre hosts a special one-off costume sale next month. 

Iconic costumes up for auction include Dorothy’s gingham dress from the theatre’s 2005 production of The Wizard of Oz, Cruella de Vil's fake fur coat from The Hundred and One Dalmations, Lady Bracknell’s frock from the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as a beautifully detailed 17th Century-style gown and a selection of colourful costumes. 

As well as hundreds of costumes, also available to buy will be shoes, hats, accessories and a selection of unusual speciality props, including some very special items being auctioned off. 

The REP has created thousands of costumes over the years, from medieval to modern day, as well as hundreds of interesting props from practical furniture to miniature houses for the theatre’s many and varied shows.
Costumes made by the theatre’s highly skilled wardrobe department, will be on sale on the day, as will some small, special props from The REP’s recent Christmas show, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. 

All money raised from the sale will go towards the theatre’s REP First fundraising campaign, which aims to raise £1million towards staging new productions, offering more training opportunities and welcoming more participants and audiences than ever before. 

Rachel Cranny, Head of Fundraising said: “Our costume and props sale will definitely appeal to amateur dramatic societies, costume hire companies, schools and collectors of theatrical paraphernalia. I’d urge anyone who’s interested in theatre or those who would just like a fabulous fancy dress costume to come along and have a rummage.
"By doing so they’ll be supporting The REP.” 

The REP’s Grand Sale of Theatrical Costumes takes place on Saturday 7 April from 11am – 5pm.

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