Plays Directory : Billy Liar

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall
  • Written
    1960
  • Setting
    Yorkshire, UK
  • Overview
    The semi-comical story is about Billy Fisher, a working-class 19-year-old living with his parents in the fictional town of Stradhoughton in Yorkshire. Bored by his job as a lowly clerk for an undertaker, Billy spends his time indulging in Walter Mitty-like fantasies and dreams of life in the big city as a comedy writer. However, with three girlfriends on the go, his tendency to overimagination comes at a cost.

    In 1960, the novel's author,journalist Waterhouse, co-wrote a three-act stage version with Willis Hall. The action took place on a single set combining the living room, hallway and porch of the Fisher household. The first production opened in the West End of London with Albert Finney in the title role, and more recently by Nicholas D. Cooper. It has since been produced all over the world, and has become a favourite with amateur groups.

    The play is set in one Saturday: Act 1 in the morning, Act 2 in the early evening and Act 3 at night.

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8 known characters

2 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Jenny Hardacre
2019, Rita
Burnley mechanics
Sarah Wynne Kordas
2019, Liz/Barbara
Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
Hettie Hayden McIntyre
2019, Rita
Holly Williams
2019, Liz
Kinver Sports and Community Association
Liam Elvish
Liam Elvish
Actor
2018, William 'Billy' Fisher
Kerry Ely
Kerry Ely
Actor
2017, Liz
Hyde Little Theatre
Kerry Ely
Kerry Ely
Actor
2017, Liz
Hyde Festival Theatre
Simon Patrick McCorry
Simon Patrick McCorry
Sound Designer
2017, Sound Designer
Crescent
Emily Llewellyn
2017, Florence
Crescent Theatre
Olivia Dudley
Olivia Dudley
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
Crescent Theatre Studio
Kate Taylor-Marshall
Kate Taylor-Marshall
Voice Over: English
2016, Rita
Alice Summer
Alice Summer
Actor
2016, Liz
Jared Nelson
Jared Nelson
Actor
2016, Geoffrey Fisher
The Crescent Theatre
Stefan Chanyaem
2016, Billy Liar
Hampton Hill Theatre
Faye Mitchell
2016, Rita
Bradford playhouse
Kate Taylor-Marshall
2016, Rita
Kate Taylor-Marshall
2016, Rita
Julia Keyes
Julia Keyes
Actor
2016, Liz
East Kilbride arts centre
Daniel Cassidy
2015, Billy Fisher
Stanley Theatre
Vicky Haigh
Vicky Haigh
Actor
2015, Barbara
Montgomery Theatre