Denholm Elliott PoW Shakespeare book to be auctioned

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The family of the actor Denholm Elliott is auctioning an archive of his memorabilia including a book of Shakespeare’s plays sent to him at a prisoner of war camp in Germany during the Second World War.

Elliott first developed an interest in acting while an RAF prisoner of war when he read and re-read the book sent to the camp in Selesia by the Red Cross.

He staged amateur dramatics and on his release he pursued an acting career in London before making his film debut in 1949.

Four Plays Of Shakespeare is among the memorabilia from his family expected to fetch more than £15,000 at auction in London. The book still carries the distinctive prison camp stamp, Stalag VIII B.

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