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Theater Named After West Midlands Actor

Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Lye’s most famous son, made a successful acting career for himself, appearing in many George Bernard Shaw plays before making the move to Hollywood to star in several of the major movies of the 30s, 40s and 50s including Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Ghost of Frankenstein and The Ten Commandments. He became the youngest actor ever to receive a knighthood at the age of 41.

Now a theater in his hometown will be renamed in his honor. The opening of the ‘Hardwicke Theatre’ was attended by his actor son Edward Hardwicke, who played Dr. Watson in the 80s and 90s television series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

“As an actor I can’t possibly think of a greater honour than to have a theatre named after you. I know my father would be absolutely thrilled to bits. It’s the most wonderful thing. I hope the theatre proves to be a great success.” said Edward Hardwicke, now 78. The opening ceremony included dance, drama, and comedy performances.

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