James Hadfield-Hyde is Lord of Alderley in the county of Cheshire, England. He is a published author and poet, a broadcaster, a philanthropist, an artist, an antiquarian, an inventor, a former Ostrich farmer and property landlord and a self confessed epicurean.
He is often referred to by the British media as a colourful and charming English eccentric. Although now retired he nolonger lives permanently in England.
His most recent string to his bow is that of a playwright and his first production, Mr Courtney's Brood, was performed in Manchester at the end of 2014, to rave reviews. It went on to win the Manchester Shakespeare Company's Best Musical Theater Production Award for 2014
Mr. Courtney's Brood by James Hadfield-Hyde
"'Mr Courtney’s Brood': James Hadfield-Hyde’s hilarious new play is a brilliant satire on British morals and manners. The dysfunctional Courtney family’s 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."
John Topliff, Producer: The Manchester Shakespeare Company