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JAMES HADFIELD-HYDE (1949 - )
James Hadfield-Hyde was born in May of 1949 to a wealthy farming and property owning family who moved to Sale in Cheshire in the 1930's. His other grandfather, Edward Curran, was a member of 'The Eight Lancashire Lads' along with his then close friend, Charlie Chaplin. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were also part of his grandfather's circle of friends. Edward appeared in, and starred in, silent movies of the time. Most notably, as Jack Shepherd in the film called, 'Jack Shepherd, the prison breaker.' In the early 1980s he found himself being catapulted into the lower ranks of nobility by becoming Lord of the subinfeuded Manors of Nether Alderley and Over Alderley in the County of Chester. Noble titles in Britain are known as incorporeal hereditaments; property without body. It is something of value, it can be inherited and passed from one person to another, but you can't see it, touch it or smell it. The title had travelled through recorded history, starting in the late twelfth century with Robert de Montalt, then the Orrebys, de Ardernes, de Wevers, Fittons of Gawsworth, Tattons of Wythenshawe, Stanleys, Richards and now the Hadfield-Hydes. However, in 1989 The Crown questioned the validity of his entitlement. It was discovered that the last Lord Stanley did not possess the title of lordship to Alderley and it had returned to the Crown by a law which used to be known as 'escheat.' In 1990, 'The Crown' re-conveyed the Lordship and all ancient rights and privileges to James Hadfield-Hyde.
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Mr Courtney's Brood
Mr Courtney's Brood
a brilliant satire on British morals and manners. The dysfunctional Courtney familys rise and fall is charted by their butler, Symes, as the family prepare for the 90th birthday of the patriarch Alfred Horatio Courtney, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Will the status quo be maintained? Will the meek inherit the earth? Anything is possible in this definitely un-PC musical gallop through the British class system.
Three Minute Theatre, Manchester 10 Nov 2014
Pulse Manchester for Manchester Shakespeare Company
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