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First ever West End Flea Market raises £26,000 for Acting for Others

The event saw shows from across the West End ply their wares

Wayne Sleep, Celia Imrie and Christopher Biggins
Wayne Sleep, Celia Imrie and Christopher Biggins
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The inaugural West End Flea Market was held in central London over the weekend, with more than £26,000 raised for the charity Acting for Others.

Shows from across the city – The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, The Play That Goes Wrong, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, The Mousetrap and Only Fools and Horses – set up stalls to sell goodies, merchandise and more.

A number of awards were given out on the day as well – Only Fools and Horses won the Best Dressed Stall, while The Play That Goes Wrong won the showstopper competition.

Celebrities there on the day included Rachel Tucker, Layton Williams and the new Joseph Jac Yarrow, who all signed merchandise for fans. Su Pollard also did fortune telling for attendees.

Harriet Thorpe and Tom Read Wilson, Wendi Peters and Annette Badland competed in an auction overseen by Christopher Biggins and raised over £700 in total.

Stephen Waley-Cohen, co-Chair of Acting for Others said today: "We were overwhelmed by the support for Acting for Others' first West End Flea Market, with queues around the block. It was a joy to share this special event with so many people who share our love of theatre.

"A huge thank you to the shows, our judges and ambassadors that took part to make Saturday such a success. We can't wait to see what next year brings!"