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Evening Despatch from Birmingham, West Midlands, England • 9

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Birmingham, West Midlands, England
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EVENING DESPATCH SATURDAY 18 APRIL 1936 £8000 BLAZE CRIPPLES WREXHAM PIT: 500 MEN IDLE BUS ESCAPE IN MASONRY CRASH POWER HOUSE SWEPT BY FLAMES MINERS RUSH TO SURFACE: ALL LIGHTS OUT TON OF STONE FALLS THROUGH HOARDING TO PAVEMENT FIREMEN AVERT DISASTER 40ft passing clean through a protective hoarding and smash ing three paving stones One woman complained of having been struck by a piece of wood presumably from the hoarding but several other people waiting at the bus stop escaped without a scratch although the stonework fell within inches of them A woman was covered from head to foot in dust gEVERAL people waiting at a bus stop outside partly-demolished premises in Oxford-street London to-day had a remarkable escape from injury when a piece of masonry 6ft square and nearly a ton in weight crashed to the pavement The masonry fell more than Shakespeare Festival NOT GOOD ENOUGH MIGHT IP TO THE Oriyiitalily i the keynote of the design of the Odeon Photograph by and Fletcher of Hall Green FIVE Hundred miners are temporarily idle as the result of a fire which caused £8000 worth of damage at Llay Hall Colliery Wrexham early to-day The fire originated in the power house which was gutted All the electric machinery which provided power for working the pit was destroyed and every light went out but Wrexham Fire Brigade saved the fan which controls the ventilation All the men below ground had to be rushed to the surface They made their way along the roads aided only by the dim light of their lamps Major Stuart Clarke managing director of the mine said that only the heroism of the firemen prevented the blaze spreading to the upcast shaft and so averted a grave disaster Arrangements are being made to obtain alternative power from the North Wales Power Company and it is expected that resumption of work will not be long delayed Hotel Fire Thrills HOME OFFERED TO ONE CHILD RESPIGHI DEAD Italian Composer of Fountains of WIDOW AND DEAD CHILDREN PRAM UPSET Four People in Crash: Three Escape HE'N a motor-cycle collided with a perambulator in Swan-lane Evesham 'last night A little girl teas thrown from the perambulator into the road The child's grandmother was knocked down and The motor-cyclist and his pillion passenger were thrown And only the grandmother Mrs Lampitt of Ilynal-place Evesham was injured She was taken to Evesham Hospital with head injuries hut was discharged after treatment Jolm Halford of Albert-road Evesham was the driver of the motor-cycle Sir Toby Belch has for years been producer-proof Buena Bent a new and happy Maria and to a lesser degree James Dale as a sober and subdued Malvolio MIS-CASTING BLUNDERS As lor the rest of the principal characters Mr Payne has given the greatest exhibition of mis-casting that Stratford has seen in recent year's Geoffrey Wilkinson was scarcely plausible as Sir Andrew Aguecheek Peter Feste showed how much experience is needed to play the fool Barbara Cooper as Olivia did little to explain passion and as the Duke himself Donald Wolfit fell far below his high promise earlier in week Whether for a production in which he temporarily abandons Elizabethan methods Mr Payne thought it appropriate to dispose with some of the most experienced Shakespearean actors of the company it is not possible to say but it can fairly be asserted that the present Twelfth Night is not good enough for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre It lacks wit fire and imagination Mr George scenery and costumes are beautiful Mr Anthony music comes gratefully to the ear and the stage management is without flaw These however are but trappings To quote another critic: your Wullie Shakespeare noo? Signor Ottorino Respighi the noted Italian composer who is best known in Britain by the charming ballet La Boutique died in Rome to-day aged 57 His wife Elsa and some intimate friends were present at the end says British United Press Signor Respighi was taken ill in February and was given blood transfusions till last Sunday He was suffering adds Reuter from septicaemia Signor Respighi was one of the few 20th century Italian composers to enjoy international reputation He early obtained diplomas as a violinist and composer and his most popular composition though by no means his best artistically was The Fountains of written in 1016 He was greatly interested in Russian music By Sidney Charteris end the first week of the Shakespeare Festival Mr Iden Payne presented at the Stratford Memorial Theatre last night his first non-Elizabethan production of the Twelfth the most comical and delightful of comedies Delight springs mainly from our affection for Viola fun surrounds Sir Toby Sir Andrew we laugh at and despise by turn Orsino charms and exasperates us with his Jove and lovesickness Malvolio so put upon earns our sympathy and Maria makes us laugh again But it is Viola whose hidden love co-ordinates this comedy and commands our willing attention All her words have the ring of truth while her actions seem inevitable FINE IMPERSONATION In all comedies of error none' sounds so probable as Twelfth Night Viola makes it so Since Viola is so important to the success of this play it is fortunate that in this part at least Mr Payne made no mistake in casting Valerie Tudor who assumed male attire so easily as Portia was no less at home as Cesaria Indeed we felt the masculine impersonation begin even before she doffed her weeds She has a light springy step and a jaunty air vflijch suits the role exactly a ringing voice and a flashing eye complete the description In short a fine Viola Such mild amusement as this uninspired production afforded one listener came from Roy Byford whose Firemen had to be called to release a man who became trapped by a fruit escalator in Covent Garden (London) Market early to-day The man Frederick Crook was descending into the basement of a warehouse and failed to jump off the escalator in time His right leg became wedged between the iron rollers at the end of the shaft Fruit porters policemen and ambulence men were unable to release him Twenty firemen with an oxygen-acetylene cutting apparatus were called and after 30 work by the firemen Crook was released and taken to hospital with injuries to his right foot leg and ribs SULLIVAN TO DECIDE AN offer to adopt one of the little daughters of Nurse addingham who was executed at Winson Green Prison Birmingham on Thursday was received last night by the solicitor Mr A Young of Nottingham from a widow living in the Isle of Man Mr Young has passed the letter on to Mr Sullivan who has charge of the three eldest of the five children at Devon-drive Sherwood Nottingham for instructions The price of gold to-day w'as 14)s lOJd per fine ounce an increase of a halfpenny gix-i guests at the Royal Hotel Edinburgh were aroused from sleep early to-day when fire broke out in an unoccupied bedroom on the top floor The guests were served with light refreshments in the hotel lounge while firemen tackled the flames The lire was soon controlled and the only damage was to several unoccupied bedrooms A tire which broke out on the premises of the Isle of Wight at Ryde to-day threatened the Itoyal Squadron Hotel adjoining The alarm was given by Mr Powell a London hank manager on holiday but the flames were got under control before they reached the hotel Ten guests staying there dressed packed and went out into the street to watch the blaze The flames however were confined to the newspaper premises MP A PRISONER Athens Saturday A Greek convict serving a life term has been shot dead by warders after he had held up Eftaxias a wealthy member of the Greek Parliament in his cell to demand a free pardon Tiie convict was Jean Marinos who had managed to smuggle a revolver into his cell Then he induced Eflaxias to visit him and threatened him with death unless by 5 am to-day the King published a pardon in the Official Warders fired at Marinos through the window of his cell killing him Eftaxias was wounded slightly in the head by a British United Press BIRMINGHAM BURGLARY Although the house of James Albert Dorrington 32 Wadsworth-road Smalt' Heath Birmingham was only left for half an hour yesterday afternoon someone entered it by slipping hack the catch of the kitchen window The articles reported to the Birmingham CID as missing include three pieces of jewellery a pair of brown shoes a suit of clothes and a fibre suitcase bearing the initials MARRIED 68 YEARS A married partnership of 68 years was broken by the death of Mrs Elizabeth Massey wife of Mr William Massey of Hermitage-road Coalville Mr Massey is 87 and his wife was 86 There are nine children living The Rev Thomas Cahill a native of Belfast who was ordained in Palestine last month has been appointed to the staff of the Sacred Heart College Droit-wich and will take up his appointment when the new term opens on 4 May ODEON of the GRAND OPENIIN General Contractors WHITT1LL SUTTON COLDFIEL Telephone: Sut 2417 Resident Manager: PATRICK CAMPBELL BUILDER THEATRE SUTTON COLDFIELD TO-DAY SATURDAY at 8 pm by His Worship the Mayor Councillor W'A PERRY JP BmniNGHAM GRAND OPENING TO-MT (SATURDAY) April Itth at pm BY HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF SUTTON COLDFIELD (Councillor A Perry JP) ON THE JESSIE MATTHEWS 17 9 6 ESTABLISHED IN tionally attractive effects with unlimited colour combinations Externally the theatre presents a striking effect by night as well as day The character of the building has been given functional expression the modern manner of its construction being further expressed in the choice of facing materials A prominent feature is the slab tower with projecting faience fins The Odeon Theatres Ltd of FIRST A GIRL With SONNIE HALE AND FULL SUPPORTING PROGRAMME in) Musical Interlude by HARRY PREMIERS of Broadcasting Fame Numbered and Reserved Seats in Stalls 2- Booking Office Now Open The Proceeds will be given to the and Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospitals and the Fund LARGE FREE CAR PARK EARPHONES FOR THE DEAF CLEMENTS BROS (DISPLAYS) LTD BROMSGROVE CINEMA AND COMMERCIAL DISPLAY ARTISTS The Largest Display Makers in the Midlands Suppliers of Still Backgrounds and Cabinets to this Cinema and various Odeon Theatres throughout the country Telephone: Bromsgrove 167-168 FOR PROMPT SERVICE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLED AT THIS THEATRE BY VITH lhe opening to-night by the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield (Councillor A Perry) of the new Odeon Theatre Sutton Coldfield yet another link is completed in the vast chain of luxury cinemas controlled by Odeon Theatres Ltd This latest Odeon development embodies all the most advanced principles of cinema construction so that from any of the 1636 seats perfection of reproduction can be enjoyed in absolute comfort It is British throughout and is in every way a cinema worthy of the important residential area it is to serve Following the practice adopted in all Odeon theatres every seat is of the same high quality and type the differences in price of admission being governed only by the position of the seat Heating and ventilation are provided by a comprehensive installation ensuring a constant supply of washed cool air in summer and washed warm air in winter without draught The warming of this cinema is mainly on the plenum system incoporationg an air conditioning plant by which means the air introduced into the auditorium is thoroughly cleansed by water discharged from spray nozzles after which it is warmed by means of large heater batteries and introduced into the auditorium by means of an electrically driven fan Tlie vitiated air is removed by a similar type of fan operated on a similar principle The scheme is so designed that a slight air pressure is maintained in the auditorium to overcome otherwise unpleasant draughts highly scientific scheme of He joined the Odeon Circuit in August 1933 in order to open one of the earlier theatres The Frairs at Canterbury where he remained until taking up his present post He has come to the Odeon Theatre Sutton Coldfield determined to set a new standard of film entertainment and service for the Royal Borough The architect of the new theatre is Mr Harry Weedon ARIBA of 84 Colmore-row Birmingham under whose supervision between 30 and 40 cinemas are being erected in various parts of the country at the present time for the Odeon circuit The proceeds of opening performance are being generously devoted to the Hospital the Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital and the Fund for poor people of Sutton Coldfield The building itself is of course another triumph for the general contractors This firm of builders established as long ago as 1796 has long held an enviable reputation throughout the Midlands and the new Odeon is in every way worthy of that reputation The still backgrounds and cabinets to this theatre and indeed to various Odeon theatres throughout the country were supplied by Bros ('Displays) Ltd of Bromsgrove This enterprising firm of cinema and commercial display artists are the largest display makers in the Midlands The luxurious seating accommodation comfortably spaced so as to give ample room to every patron is the work of Turner and Co Ltd theatre seating specialists of Station-road Northfield The general excellence of this work is reflected in the fact that to date they have equipped more than 100 halls in Greater Birmingham alone I I LIMITED EXCHANGE BUILDINGS BIRMINGHAM 'Phone: MjDland 1331 MR PATRICK CAMPRELl Resident Manager which Mr Oscar Deutsch is governing director now control a circuit of more than 120 theatres and it is anticipated that this number will be increased to over 200 by the end of the year The management of the new Odeon Theatre is in the capable hands of Mr Patrick Campbell a gentleman with many experience of first class management He is well-known Birmingham area READ THE OPINIONS OF THE FILM CRITIC ON FORTHCOMING FILMS APPEARING EACH THURSDAY IN THE Evening Isn't it Comfy? CjOf course it is but then did the seating And are Theatre Seating Specialists who to date have equipped more than 100 Halls in Greater Birmingham alone TURNER Co Ltd Theatre Seating Specialists Station Road Northlield Telephone PKIORY 1171 acoustic correction guarantees per feet sound reproduction The interior decorations are the result having been of careful study and together with the incorporation of concealed lighting produce excep- theatre in the Kings way Royalty of seven years I of the Heath and the Harborne over a period.

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