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Issue 337 – Bids raise plenty of cash for Merlin Theatre

Merlin Theatre’s fundraising auction raised around £8,500 for the local arts venue after actors Philip Glenister, Dean Andrews and Mark McGann joined more than 100 guests for the charity event at Marston House.

Top bid of the night was made for the chance to be an extra on the next Monastic Productions show. The offer, made by Life on Mars writer and creator Matt Graham, made the Merlin Theatre more than £500 alone.
Other items which went under the hammer were Arsenal tickets, the chance to come up with your own icecream flavour at Café La Strada and a night in a lambing shed on a local farm, as well as signed box sets of the popular BBC series created by Monastic Productions.
One lucky woman also paid £300 for giant latex heads of DCI Gene Hunt and DI Alex Drake, from the Ashes to Ashes series. Actor Philip Glenister later signed the heads and posed for photographs with their new owner. Another woman paid £300 to have her photograph taken with the two Life on Mars actors and the famous red Audi Quattro, which was parked up outside Marston House with its own security guard watching over it during the event.
The money will be used by the Merlin Theatre to cover the money lost when local councils ceased their funding support earlier in the year.

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