The exhibition will be on display from the 20th to the 28th September.

Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard 

On display for a strictly limited time only, before the woks are auctioned off at Christie’s auction house, Out of the Margins will feature a large collection of annotated play texts and scripts in theatre history, providing an unprecedented record of the private thoughts and feelings of some of the world’s greatest living contemporary playwrights, covering some of the most significant moments in the last fifty years of theatre, with writers hailing from countries including America, Britain, South Korea, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and South Africa.

The playwrights who have donated annotated first edition texts that share their personal thoughts and insight into their own work include Richard Curtis, Tina Fey, Tom Stoppard, Wole Soyinka, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Jez Butterworth, , Tanika Gupta, V (formerly Eve Ensler) and Inua Ellams amongst many others and famous texts being donated include Prima FacieThe Vagina Monologues, LeopoldstadtJerusalem, The Barbershop Chronicles ,Love Actually, Mean Girls,  Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildWicked, Matilda the Musical, The DoctorCloserThe EmpressJerry Springer: The OperaThe Play What I Wrote, and many more.

The exhibition has been organised by Good Chance Theatre, hosted by the Auction Collective, in collaboration with Christie’s.

As an auction, Out of the Margins is an online three-week timed auction hosted by The Auction Collective from 15th September – 6th October 2023.

Highlights of the display include:

●       Nobel prize winner Wole Soyinka’s annotations of a first edition of his adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripides

●       A fully annotated first edition of the Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams

●       Jack Thorne’s notes on a first edition hardback of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

●       Annotations of some of the best-loved musicals such as Wicked (Winnie Holzman), Mean Girls (Tina Fey), Six the Musical (Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss) and Matilda the Musical (Dennis Kelly)

●       V (formerly Eve Ensler)‘s annotations of a rare edition of The Vagina Monologuesthat was printed only for the first ever V Day event in 1998

●       Annotations of scripts of screenplays and films including Love, Actually by Richard Curtis and The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten.

The proceeds of the Out of the Margins charity auction will fund Good Chance Theatre’s work supporting refugee artists in the UK. Since it was founded in the Calais Jungle refugee camp eight years ago, Good Chance Theatre (which does not receive public subsidy) has provided 250 refugee artists with 1-2-1 support in the UK as well as placing over 750 artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds in paid employment and training. Good Chance Theatre runs several full-time programmes supporting migrants and refugees in the UK including the Good Chance Ensemble, a programme which tackles barriers to entry for refugee artists in theatre and art today through various projects.

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