Leeds Playhouse to Revive Its Production of Kes as the Iconic Film Turns 50


Leeds Playhouse is set to re-stage the much-loved Yorkshire story Kes as part of the theatre’s Spring 2019 season.

This stage adaptation of Kes by Robert Alan Evans received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike when first performed at Leeds Playhouse back in 2016.

Now 50 years on from when the iconic Ken Loach film was released, Leeds Playhouse revives its own version of Kes, bringing it back to life on stage next year.

Jack Lord (Kes, Romeo & Juliet, Leeds Playhouse) reprises his role within the production from 2016 and making his Leeds Playhouse debut is Lucas Button (War Horse, UK Tour & National Theatre) as young Billy Casper.

Jack Lord and Lucas Button

Leeds Playhouse Associate Director Amy Leach said: “This is such a momentous year in Leeds Playhouse’s history, and the perfect opportunity to restage this much-loved Yorkshire tale. The story of young schoolboy Billy and his unlikely friendship in challenging circumstances is so impactful, we’re thrilled to remount this adored story in our Pop-Up theatre.”

Based on the 1968 novel A Kestrel For A Knave by the late Yorkshire author Barry Hines. Kes tells the story of the unique and unlikely friendship between boy and bird.  As 15-year-old schoolboy Billy Casper adopts, cares for and trains a Kestrel, Kes. Contending with a bullying older brother and tyrannical school master, Kes opens-up young Billy’s life, allowing him to fly.

This 2019 production of Kes is being remounted by Associate Director Martin Leonard and designed by Max Johns.

Kes plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds, from 25 January to 16 February.

Ticket prices range from a reasonable £13.50 to £31.



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