part of the theatres tenth birthday celebrations Hollywood
actor Patrick Stewart (who officially opened the theatre a decade
ago) is to unveil a bust of James Mason in a memorial ceremony taking
place on Tuesday 16th November. The bust of Huddersfield-born James
Mason has been specially sculpted and transported from Switzerland
to take pride of place in the foyer of the theatre.
bust is a cast taken from an original by Swiss sculptor Dennis Perret-Gentil
which stands near Mason's former home, in Corseaux, near Lake Geneva
- where he lived for the last 22 years of his life, and where his
body is buried.
in Marsh, Huddersfield, Mason had a glittering stage and film career
spanning 55 years, first in England and then in Hollywood and Europe.
He starred in more than 150 productions, including major movies
like Lolita, A Star is Born, The Prisoner of Zenda, Odd Man Out,
North by Northwest and Rommel - Desert Fox.
was a wine enthusiast, and liked nothing more than to discuss and
taste the year's growths with the local winegrowers in their cellars.
To commemorate the relationship, a special limited James Mason edition
bottling of the famed Corseaux white wine has now been produced
with a label bearing the actor's self-portrait. The unveiling of
the bust will be followed by a buffet and wine reception in the
LBT Cellar Theatre where guests will be able to toast the memory
of this movie legend with the specially imported James Mason vintage
Anglo-Suisse Artistic Foundation, an organisation devoted to fostering
cultural links between the U.K. and Switzerland, will present the
cast of this bust to the LBT and a delegation from Corseaux will
attend the ceremony at the theatre to watch Star Trek and X-Men
star Patrick Stewart perform the unveiling. Others invited to the
event include the Mayor of Corseaux and members of James Mason's
unveiling takes place at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queens
Square, Queen St, Huddersfield on Tuesday 16th November at 2.30pm