Kes archiveUp in the Yorkshire mining towns of 1960s Britain, a little hope was a dangerous thing. Social disintegration and disenchantment taught you to accept your lot; or else get the spirit kicked out of you. Yes, back then, life was certainly grim up North... Especially for our hero; streetwise school-kid Billy Casper. Emotionally neglected - bullied at school and at home - his is a pretty bleak existence; smoking, cadging money and getting into scraps...Until, that is, Kes comes along. Kes is a kestrel that Billy rears and trains; Kes is hope. Together, their friendship shines amid the gloom; but how long can it last...?


Paul Barnhill (Jud), Daniel Harcourt (MacDowall), Michael Hugo (Billy), Malcolm James (Anderson), Clive Llewellyn (Mr Farthing), Ged McKenna (Mr Gryce), Heather Phoenix (Miss Fenton), Joseph Raisbrook (Tibbut), Peter Rylands (Mr Sugden), Connie Walker (Mrs Casper)


Book by: Barry Hines (A Kestrel for a Knave)
Producer: New Vic
Director: Gwenda Hughes
Design: Lis Evans
Lighting: Daniella Beattie
Sound: James Earls-Davis
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.


Kes (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0550180599. Details of all Kes archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1168769125

Archive Listings

24 Oct 03
15 Nov 03
New Vic Theatre

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