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Auction to restore the roof of The Dream Factory

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Sunday 9th July @ 7pm (barbecue from 6pm)

Join us for a very special event, to raise funds for Raising The Roof Campaign, which is supporting the urgently-needed restoration of the roof of The Dream Factory.

With some superb Lots available, generously donated by exciting companies and individuals, we promise you and your family a joyful summer evening, whilst supporting the continued life of this beautiful theatre in the Heart of Warwickshire. Children attend free of charge and can enjoy drink and snacks on arrival.

Your ticket includes:





The barbecue will be fired up, and the bar open all evening, alongside a little entertainment from members of Playbox Theatre.

This event is in support of Playbox Theatre’s fundraising. Successful bids will be paid to Playbox Theatre at the event. The Auction is growing all of the time, so please check back frequently to see what is available.

If you can’t attend the event in person, but would love to make a bid, please note that we will be running an online auction and silent auction option alongside the main event. Please email to find out how to participate remotely.

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Auction Details

Date: Sunday 9th July 2023 – arrivals from 6pm for 7pm auction start, book you place here.

  • Admission to participate: £10 per person to include glass of wine, cheese & biscuits, and nibbles, as well as entry into our prize draw
  • Auction participants must be 18 or over.                   
  • There is no charge for children to attend, but places must be booked.

The auction will be led by Richard Gormley, Auctioneer for Locke & England. We are enormously grateful to Locke & England for their support of this Playbox Theatre event.

Below are details of some of the Lots we are excited to share, and more will be added in the coming days and weeks, so watch this space!

Please book to join us in person, or email to arrange bidding online in advance of the event.

Lots Include

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David Tennant’s Signed Dr Who Script

A unique opportunity to own David Tennant’s script.

David Tennant is hailed as one of the most talented actors of our time. He appeared as the 10th Doctor in the timelessly popular television franchise DR WHO in 2005, and a highly anticipated return to the programme as the 14th Doctor.

The script is in very good condition and has been signed by David Tennant and co-star Billie Piper, who plays the Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler, and follows one of his most popular episodes, “THE IDIOT’S LANTERN”, set in 1952.

Bidding starts at: £2000

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Original piece of art painted by Nic Joly 

Aptly named ‘Love is Art’, this piece comes framed in a box frame measuring 71cm x 71cm (28in x 28in).

About the artist:
Nic Joly is based in Winchester, Hampshire. Joly brings to life paradoxical characters and scenes; small in scale but larger than life, they are simultaneously satirical and truthful in nature. “We are all too quick to belittle ourselves, but we are all small parts in a bigger picture.”

Joly worked with Brazilian footballer Pele to create four pieces of art,, celebrating the great footballer for his 75th birthday.  

With thanks to Castle Fine Art.

Bidding starts at: £1000

Donated by Castle Fine Art

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Unique Opportunity – Tour/Visit Of Heathrow Airport Control Tower For 4

One of the best views in West London!

The Heathrow airport control tower is run by NATS, which runs a few of the more major control towers in the UK (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City, Farnborough, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow and Aberdeen) as well as 14 towers in Spain.

It also controls the majority of airspace above the UK, handling over 2.5million flights a year in what is globally recognised as the most complex and congested piece of airspace in the world.

This is a unique opportunity! The visit will include being met at an appropriate terminal and escorted through staff security, before being transported to the tower. From there you will be given a tour of the control tower and an explanation of the operation.

The visit will last over an hour, with time either side for the transfer to and from the terminal.

You will get a great view of the airport and will get to see it in action.

With thanks to Andy Hogg and NATS.

No minimum bid.

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Cotswolds Distillery Tour and Tasting for two people

A wonderful day out, with plenty of tasting along the way! 

Tours are approx 90 minutes long and give visitors the chance to see the entire ‘grain to glass’ process up close and all under one roof. After the tour of our distilling hall, & casking warehouse there is a terribly arduous tasting session of all our spirits in our lounge.

Once the tour is concluded you can cruise the shelves in our shop or enjoy a treat for your tastebuds in our Stillhouse Cafe. A great place for snacks, lunch (inc delicious home made pizzas), coffees and cocktails.

All in all – a great way to spend a few hours in the spiritual home of the Cotswolds.

With thanks to Martin Streets.

No minimum bid.

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Four Tickets To The Play That Goes Wrong

Now blundering through its eighth catastrophic year at London’s Duchess Theatre, West End, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

In addition, the lot includes a backstage tour, to glean an insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

With thanks to Charlie Russell (founding member of Mischief) & Mischief Theatre Company

Bidding starts at: £75

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Juliet Stevenson Personalised Voice Recording 

Juliet is a celebrated actress who will record something unique for the successful bidder. This could be a favourite poem, Shakespeare speech, letter to a loved one, even your voicemail message.

Juliet Stevenson is best known for her extensive work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, as well as a plethora of film roles including Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile and The Secret Of Moonacre.

With thanks to Juliet Stevenson.

No minimum bid.

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A Signed Swimming Hat from Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion Adam Peaty

Adam is a Professional Athlete born in the Midlands. specialises in the breaststroke. He won the gold medal in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first by a male British swimmer in 24 years, and retained the title at the 2020 Summer Olympics in 2021. He is also an eight-time World Champion, a sixteen-time European Champion and a four-time Commonwealth Champion.

Peaty is the holder of the world record in 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke events.

With thanks to Adam Peaty

No minimum bid.

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1 Year Membership To BLOKtv

Make 2023 a year of health with this fantastic lot. You will be able to access Live Classes or On Demand. Discover a new workout every day. Learn from the world’s leading instructors. Progress, and reach your individual goals. Train across 10 disciplines and discover movement that inspires you.

BLOKtv membership gives you free entry to 60 Live classes every week, so you can experience the collective energy of group exercise every day. It also grants you unlimited access to hundreds of incredible On Demand workouts, so you can train whenever it suits you.

With thanks to Lotti McKenna (Head of Fitness at BLOK) and Ed Stanbury (CEO at BLOK).

No minimum bid.

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Two hours life coaching by Liane Chandler

Liane is the Founder & Managing Director of Liane Chandler & Associates, and a specialist in Leadership and Executive coaching, certified with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Coaching sessions with Liane are informal, positive and productive as you will explore your strengths, increase self-awareness and uncover any limiting beliefs. Typically, this leads to greater clarity and confidence too make changes that will positively impact performance and chances of success. 

With thanks to Liane Chandler.

Bidding starts at: £100 for a 90-minute 1-2-1 coaching session

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1:1 Yoga session with Lucy Holtom

This 1:1 Yoga session with Lucy will be a 60 minute practice tailored completely for you & your needs.

Whether you’re new to the practice or experienced, the session will be created for your level of ability. You can choose to receive a deeply nourishing Yoga Nidra written for you (this is a practice where don’t even have to move!); or learn and explore breathing practices to help feel calmer during stressful times; maybe you require movements to help alleviate aches and pains; or maybe you’d like to learn how to practice a headstand! Lucy will work with you in deciding what you’d like to explore in your 1:1.

Your session will take place in the Yoga Studio at Newson Health Wellbeing Centre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Lucy is a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. She has been practising yoga for over 30 years and teaches Well-Woman Yoga; Hatha Yoga; Ashtanga Yoga; Pre Natal/Post Natal Yoga; Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy. Lucy specialises in Yoga for Women’s Health. Lucy teaches in and around Warwickshire and also on Dr Louise Newson’s Balance+ App.

No minimum bid.

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Sonnet Session with RSC director Philip Breen (Comedy Of Errors, Shakespeare In Love, Merry Wives Of Windsor)

This is a unique opportunity to work one-to-one, or in a small group, with one of the UK’s top directors of Shakespeare. Philip is offering a 45 minute Zoom masterclass, to explore a favourite Sonnet.

With thanks to Philip Breen.

No minimum bid.

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Voucher for Flight Simulator Midlands

Europe’s No 1 Simulator Centre!

You will be talked through the basics of operating the simulator before you start to fly. Once on the flight deck, a qualified pilot will be with you at the controls ensuring you get the best possible value from your time with us.
Choose your destination and prepare to take off!

With thanks to Flight Simulator Midlands.

No minimum bid.

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A weekend in luxury apartment The Coach House in Leamington Spa

About The Coach House:

The studio apartment is a 5 minute walk to the Parade, where will you find a range of shops and restaurants and is in easy reach of beautiful Warwickshire and The Cotswolds.  The studio apartment, that sleeps 2,  provides free wifi, Sky TV and a small terrace and has its own parking space.

With thanks to Sue and John Gregory.

No minimum bid.

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Tickets to Bhangra Symphonica at Ragley Hall

Tickets for a wonderful family event on Wednesday 9th August from 5.30pm-10.00pm

A spectacular evening of music and dance as East meets West, Bhangra meets Classical.

Bhangra Symphonica is a wonderful, interactive experience with music, dancing, story-telling, colour and light, set against the spectacular backdrop of Ragley Hall. At this event, Bhangra Rock Band, Kissmet collaborate with some of the UK’s finest classical musicians, creating a delightful performance crossing genres and mixing styles, from Bach to Bowie and Rameau to Radiohead.

There will be delicious street food and refreshments available.

With thanks to Judy Reaves.

No minimum bid.


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Luxury Playbox Birthday Party

Your child and their friends can take centre stage for the day, with a party unlike any other! They will select the theme of their party, then work with a director on stage in the main theatre, before an audience are invited to come and watch them perform, with the support of Playbox Theatre’s technical department to create lighting, music and special effects. The performance will be followed by a specially designed birthday tea, to be enjoyed in a private studio. VIPs only!

Bidding starts at: £100

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Tickets to Alfresco at the Cotswolds Distillery – The Real Garden Festival

Cotswolds, home to the award-winning gin and whisky, are celebrating the spirit of summer by launching a new, outdoor entertainment programme: Alfresco at the Distillery.

About the Event:

Saturday 29th July, 11am-dusk

The Real Garden Festival is a family-friendly celebration of gardens, nature and our environment. It’s all about discovering how everyone can make a positive difference, through small changes. 

Highlights include: Growing gardens, Reinventing Morris Dance, Foraging Walks, Botanicals, Crafts, and much more! The event spans from 11am to dusk. 

With thanks to Judy Reaves.

No minimum bid.

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ALSO Festival Weekend Family Ticket

A wonderful experience for 2 adults and up to 4 children for a fun-filled weekend from 14th-16th July!

The ALSO festival is a lovely annual event held at Compton Verney, filled with a multitude of events for all ages. Heralded as being small, friendly and down-to-earth, the event provides a delightful opportunity to make cherished memories with family and friends.

ALSO 2023’s action-packed programme includes masterclasses, comedy, music, food, dance, wellness, and countless other experiences for all ages – a real treat for all the family!

No Minimum Bid.

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Two Night Weekend Stay in Cozy Annex for 4 in Adderbury

In central Adderbury near Banbury, our light, charming and comfortable first floor Annex oozes cozy Cotswold charm for 4 people with lovely views of the village.
Our accommodation is the perfect getaway on the Cotswold borders, close to Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village, Chipping Norton and Soho Farmhouse.

Features include shower, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, smart tv,
double bed and sofa bed. We are dog friendly.
Adderbury offers 4 pubs & many opportunities to explore the countryside. 

With Thanks to Katie Vance.

Bidding starts at: £60

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Firewood Logs and a visit from a chimney sweep provided by The Warwickshire Log Company

The Warwickshire Log Company and Bio Fuel company is a local family run business with an obsession and passion for eco air barn dried firewood, combining quality firewood logs. Once collected from our local forest, our wood is split into 3ft lengths and left for at least a year. It is then processed and put into our state of the art eco barns, where it is air dried naturally for at least two tears. This ensures the wood is fully seasoned and will burn much more efficiently and for much longer. We offer a very personal and friendly service.

This lot also includes a chimney sweep from a highly qualified chimney sweep, Steve Haynes.

No minimum bid.

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Sir Ben Kingsley’s Signed Transsiberian Script

Playbox Patron Sir Ben Kingsley is a world-renowned actor who has received acclaim for his captivation on-screen performances, having appeared in numerous award-winning pieces such as Schindler’s list, Ghandi and Iron Man 3.

This lot provides the opportunity to own his signed script from the 2008 film TRANSSIBERIAN, where he plays the part of Grinko alongside co-stars woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer.

Starting Bid: £1000



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Sir Trevor Nunn Signed Poster

Sir Trevor Nunn is best known for his prestigious role as Artistic Director for both the Royal National Theatre, and Royal Shakespeare Company. Commonly known as “The People’s Director”, he is also known for his work on a plethora of award-winning musicals, including Starlight Express, Les Misérables, and Sunset Boulevard.

This signed poster is the perfect addition to any theatre-lover’s collection!

No Minimum Bid.

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19th Century Antique Chair

A 19th Century carved oak hall chair, the back with oval cartouche surrounded by fruiting vines above the seat with stylised flower on turned, carved and fluted legs. Height: 89cm.

With Thanks to Richard Gormley & Locke & England

No Minimum Bid.


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