Fred Wall, Author at Hopwood XIV

Author: Fred Wall

Articles Written By Fred Wall

VLOG 14: PLANTING MY ROOTS!

By Fred Wall

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The Times: Hollywood remake for ancestral pile

By Fred Wall

An actor who swapped Hollywood for Greater Manchester to rebuild a derelict ancestral home has won a £10,000 lottery grant for the project. Hopwood Hall, a 60-room grade II* listed building in Middleton, south of Rochdale, dates from 1426 but had been empty for three decades and was placed on Historic England’s “at risk” register before the arrival of Hopwood DePree last year. DePree, a producer and director, had heard…
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BBC Entertainment: Hopwood DePree: The comic side of swapping Hollywood for Manchester

By Fred Wall

“I’m so knackered,” Hopwood DePree says, carefully stepping through the undergrowth surrounding his ancestral home on the outskirts of Manchester. “Knackered? Is that the right word? I think that’s the first time I’ve used it in a sentence.” The former Hollywood actor and producer is so knackered because he’s in the middle of a mammoth project to bring Hopwood Hall back to its former glory after decades of neglect. Since…
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Broadway Baby – Brighton Fringe Week 3

By Fred Wall

That’s right, we’re already coming towards the halfway point of Brighton Fringe. Shows have been and gone (including Bin and Gone) but there are still plenty more to come. Book yourself in for brunch, grab yourself a beer at the venue bar and get ready for another incredible weekend of entertainment. Here are our recommendations for the weekend ahead. You might have heard of Hopwood DePree, the actor who has given…
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Rochdale Online: Hopwood DePree announces UK stand-up comedy tour chronicling his adventures at Hopwood Hall

By Fred Wall

Hopwood DePree has teamed up with established London-based comedy director Chris Head to create a stand-up show about his odyssey to save the family’s run-down stately home, Hopwood Hall.  The show entitled ‘The Yank is a Manc! My Ancestors & Me’ will tour comedy festivals across the country this spring and summer, culminating at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.  Based on Hopwood’s true story, as featured in UK and US…
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VLOG 13: LIGHT IT UP!

By Fred Wall

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