Posters from much loved Shropshire arts festival going up for fund raising auction

Historic Ludlow festival posters are being put up for auction to help raise money for the town's Assembly Rooms.

Actor John Challis plays the part of Jacques in' As you Like it' at the Ludlow Shakespeare Festival. Picture by Sam Bagnall.
Actor John Challis plays the part of Jacques in' As you Like it' at the Ludlow Shakespeare Festival. Picture by Sam Bagnall.

LARFE (The Ludlow Assembly Rooms Fundraising Events Group) will be holding an auction of promises on October 14 with people able to bid on a variety of lots, from luxury holiday accommodation to lavish hampers.

The posters were used to publicise the well-loved Ludlow Arts & Shakespeare Festival.

The historic collection of posters, kindly donated by Polly Hamilton, the Ludlow Festival artist, and features some of the best-known productions and names from the festival's history.

These include a poster for 1979 Love’s Labour’s Lost starring Jan Harvey (of Howard’s Way fame), a 1983 production of Antony and Cleopatra starring Eleanor Bron (known for her role in The Beatles’ Help!), The Tempest (with Carry On star Bernard Bresslaw) and many more.

In the 1986 production of Romeo & Juliet, Mandy Rice Davies played Lady Capulet. Her programme notes stated that she turned to acting " after a spot of bother in 1963".

Mandy Rice Davies was a Welsh-born model and showgirl best known for her association with Christine Keeler and her role in the Profumo affair, which discredited the Conservative government of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963.

A spokesperson for LAR said: "The collection from Ludlow’s historic Arts and Shakespeare Festival provide an impressive snapshot into the history of Ludlow’s arts scene and are sure to get bids flying when the auction gets underway."

The event will cost £10 to attend with lots priced individually at the event.

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