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Birmingham Rep sells costumes and props

Dorothy's red shoes
Image caption The sale is to cover a funding shortfall, the threatre says

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre is selling old costumes and props to raise money towards a major refurbishment.

It will joined by the new Birmingham Library in 2013 but must move out while building work is taking place.

Items on sale at the theatre until 1600 BST, include Richard Chamberlain's 1968 Hamlet costume, Dorothy's red shoes and vintage gowns.

About £1m is needed to cover a funding shortfall, the theatre said.

The theatre and library development forms part of plans for a £195m West Midlands cultural centre of which plans were unveiled in 2007.

The new library is to replace the present building, once described by Prince Charles as looking like "a place where books are incinerated, not kept".

The Rep's existing 850-seat facilities will remain, with a new library theatre offering a 350-seat venue for medium-sized productions.

While work is being carried out, the theatre will continue to perform at venues around the city.

Trina Jones, general manager of the Rep, said after 30 years in Birmingham there are a lot of costumes.

"We have to be out of the building by the end of January next year," she said.

"Now, as you can imagine, a theatre company that has been on site for about 30 years has rather a lot of set, costumes and prop."

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