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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Charity sells Branagh masterclass
Kenneth Branagh
Branagh will spend two hours with the highest bidder
Budding actors with money to spare can bid for an acting masterclass with Kenneth Branagh as part of a "platinum auction" arranged by a leading charity.

The Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation offers the chance to spend two hours with the Oscar-nominated actor discussing and acting a scene from Shakespeare.

A spokesman said Branagh "will explain what makes the scene work and how one can get the most out of the writing".

The actor lives near the Paul Bevan Hospice in Ascot, Berkshire.

"What Kenneth is offering is a completely one-off item," said spokesman Marcus Stanton.

In addition to the masterclass, the successful bidder will receive a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare signed by Branagh.

The charity - of which Branagh is a patron - hopes to raise 30,000 from the entire auction, which will be used to set up an information and support centre in Berkshire for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Interested parties have until 7 May to make their bids by telephone, post or via the Paul Bevan website.

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