Jewish Museum stages art auction for Spanish Civil War musical

The Jewish Museum will be auctioning sketches by Chagall, Picasso and Miro this evening (September 21) - in a bid to raise funds for a musical about the Spanish Civil War.

Goodbye Barcelona is inspired by the true stories of the international brigades who travelled to Spain to fight the fascists in 1936.

The Jewish Museum, in Albert Street, has got behind the project as part of 1936: Radical Roots, a series commemorating the Cable Street riots and the Spanish Civil War.

Karl Lewkowicz, author of the musical, said: “It is the 75th anniversary of Cable Street where people came out on the streets to fight the fascists and with the recent rise of the English Defence League the musical is very timely.

“The formation of the international brigade is a fascinating story about people fighting against fascism.”

Although the musical is well on its way to its November opening at the Arcola Theatre, the production still has a budget deficit of �25,000.

The auction will take place at the museum at 6.30pm this evening (Wednesday, September 21).

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