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Oxford Playhouse’s Silent Auction Featuring Some Unusual Lots

By Cait Sweeney at


The Oxford Playhouse’s 80th anniversary celebrations are well underway. This year for the first time it is running an online Oxford Playhouse Anniversary Auction. Supported by the Lucy Group Ltd, the 76 lots include many which are experiences not usually available to the public. Lots include:

A portrait taken by photographer to the stars, Andrew Ogilvy.
A 4 metre tall Donald Trump puppet, star of last year’s pantomime.
A portrait painted by Lucy Stopford, who has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.
A day at Pinewood Studios with film producer Victor Glynn.
A Private Tour of Harwell Science and Technology Campus.
A Private Tour of Oxford Botanic Gardens.
Carter Jonas selling a house or flat commission free.
Box seats at the Royal Opera House.
A day for two at Raymond Blanc’s cookery school

Dining, holiday, tennis, behind the scenes experiences and much more.

The auction is part of Oxford Playhouse’s anniversary fundraising with the bold ambition of raising an additional £120,000 this year. This money will help sustain the future of the creative industries more widely, supporting emerging artists through its artist development programme Evolve, including an annual Made in Oxford showcase of local talent from 2019. Monies raised will also help the Playhouse’s participation team to increase the number of local young people the theatre works with to 30,000 a year across the whole county.

The auction will be online at from midday on 4 October to 9pm on 26 October.

Oxford Playhouse’s Anniversary Auction opens midday 4 October until 9pm on 26 October. Website:


Lucy Group Ltd is the parent company of the privately owned Lucy Group of companies based in Oxford. Started by William Carter over 200 years ago, the Group have gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors ranging from manufacturing to real estate. Lucy Group Ltd has been a strong supporter of the Playhouse for many years, including funding the refurbishment of the Playhouse’s Lucy Members’ Room in 2016.