Kes comes to Leeds Playhouse

The much-loved Barry Hines 1968 novel A Kestrel For a Knave was first brought to our screens as Kes 50 years ago. Now, in a beautiful nod to the Ken Loach film, the stage adaptation is returning to Leeds Playhouse.

The Robert Alan Evans adaptation was first performed at Leeds Playhouse in 2016, and now it’s back again!

The story tells of the unique and unlikely friendship between 15 year old schoolboy Billy Casper and his adopted Kestrel, Kes.

Jack Lord reprises his role as Billy, with Lucas Button making his Leeds Playhouse debut as the younger version of the character. The two should have plenty of chemistry together, having recently worked together on the War Horse UK tour.

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.”

The production will be directed by Martin Leonard – a slight deviation from the pop-up season’s regular direction from Amy Leach (which is, so far, going down a treat).

Don’t miss Kes when it comes to Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds, from 25th January to 16th February.

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