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Toy theatre collection of late Coronation Street star up for auction

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The Coronation Street actor developed a passion for toy theatres after seeing a Peter Pan production aged 12.

Former Coronation Street actor Peter Baldwin (PA)

The toy theatre collection of the late Coronation Street actor Peter Baldwin is to go up for sale at auction.

Baldwin, who was best known for playing the role of Derek Wilton for more than 20 years in the TV soap, collected them and even had a shop selling them in London’s Covent Garden.

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Peter Baldwin with an item in his collection (Hansons Auctioneers/Peter Baldwin/PA)

Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, will sell the collection on April 5 and expects it to “generate interest around the world”.

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Peter Baldwin developed a passion for toy theatres and had a shop in London’s Covent Garden selling them (Hansons Auctioneers/Peter Baldwin/PA)

“In 1988, his collection was exhibited at the National Theatre in London and, later, at the Museum of Childhood in Lancashire.

“His passion for juvenile drama and performance, and the little-known continental juvenile drama, led to his publication of Toy Theatres Of The World, Zwemmer 1992. Theatre historian George Speaight wrote the foreword.”

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The collection of toy theatres will go to auction at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire (Hansons Auctioneers/Peter Baldwin/PA)

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