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    An advisory committee on buildings of architectural value in London did not place the St.James's?

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    An advisory committee on buildings of architectural value in London did not place the St.James's Theatre on it's list.

    This was revealed by the Minister of Housing, Mr. Henry Brooke, when he spoke in the House of Commons on Wednesday, July 31.

    Mr. Brooke told the House that he had a meeting with Mr.Felix Fenston - present owner of the Theatre - in which he had explained that no further action will be taken on the Theatre until both the House of Commons and the House of Lords have made their views know.

    In replying to attacks on the decision to demolish the theatre, Mr. Brooke was supported by Mr. Herbert Morrison - former leader of the LCC who have authorised the destruction of the building.

    When Sir Laurence and Lady Olivier called at the Ministry to discuss the future of the Theatre with Mr.Brooke, Miss Leigh wore an eye patch over her left eye.

    She explained that the patch covered an insect bite which had inflamed her eye during the night.

    Inside the Ministry, Sir Laurence and Lady Olivier were joined by Mr. Felix Aylmer, President of Equity, who said after the meeting, "The Minister could not tell us anything definite. He assured us the Government had great concern for the theatre, but he seemed to feel that the St. James's had already slipped through the net".

    Two American millionaires have already pledged their financial support for the Theatre, but it has been said that the whole building is out-dated and in anything but a satisfactory condition to be preserved.

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