Touring Production - Autumn 2009

Billy (Stefan Butler) & Mr. Farthing (Daniel Casey)
Photo: Robert Day

Daniel plays the part of caring English teacher Mr. Farthing in this new touring production of the classic tale of a young boy who finds solace in his friendship with a Kestrel. It is directed by Nikolai Foster (The Witches of Eastwick UK Tour, All The Fun Of The Fair UK Tour and Seasons Greetings Liverpool Playhouse). Based on the novel 'A Kestral for a Knave' by Barry Hines, Kes has was made into a successful film in 1969.

The role of Billy is superbly played by young actor 'Stefan Butler' in this touching production. Set in the 1960's the play portrays the harsh realities of growing up in Barnsley during that time.

Daniel is pictured left after the show along with fellow actors Mike Burnside (Mr. Gryce/Mr. Porter) and Oliver Farnworth (Jud).

Photo : Joan Street

The bittersweet story of one boy's love for the kestrel he trains has opened at the Liverpool Playhouse in September ahead of a nationwide tour with co-producers The Touring Consortium. An acclaimed cast and director and the help of local schools bring the well-loved tale to life.

Lawrence Till's adaptation of the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave will is presented by a cast including Daniel Casey, Katherine Dow Blyton (Sally Hunter in Hollyoaks) and Oliver Farnworth (Will Hackett in Hollyoaks). Kes is also directed by the celebrated Nikolai Foster (The Witches of Eastwick UK Tour and Seasons Greetings Liverpool Playhouse). The story has also been made into an award-winning film; Kes directed by Ken Loach celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Four local schools also participated to recreate the atmosphere of Billy Casper's 1960s classroom. Kes will run at the Liverpool Playhouse from Friday 18 September to Saturday 10 October before it tours the UK.


DANIEL CASEY © Joan Street

Dates confirmed so far are:

Liverpool Playhouse - Liverpool

18 September 2009 to 10 October 2009
Booking Details


Theatre Royal - Nottingham

13 October 2009 to 17 October 2009


Civic Theatre - Darlington

20 October 2009 to 24 October 2009


King's Theatre - Edinburgh

27 October 2009 to 31 October 2009


The Playhouse - Oxford

02 November 2009 to 07 November 2009


Grand Theatre - Wolverhampton

17 November 2009 to 21 November 2009


New Theatre - Cardiff

24 November 2009 to 28 November 2009