John Barry and Don Black's Billy to Receive First London Revival at Union Theatre

News   John Barry and Don Black's Billy to Receive First London Revival at Union Theatre
 
Billy, the 1974 musical with a score by the late John Barry (music) and Don Black (lyrics) that originally starred Michael Crawford at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is to receive its first London revival at the fringe Union Theatre. It will begin performances May 29 prior to an official opening May 31, for a run through June 29.

The musical, which is based on Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's play Billy Liar, has a book by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

It is set in 1960, when post-war Britain is about to come out of a long tunnel into the swinging sixties. However, young Billy is in industrial Yorkshire a million dreams from London. Juggling three women and a tense home life, Billy reverts to childlike fantasy and dares to imagine another kind of life in London with Liz.

The production is directed by Michael Strassen, who has previously directed Call Me Madam, The Fix, The Baker's Wife and Assassins at the venue. The Union Theatre recently won Best Fringe Theatre at The Stage Awards.

The cast is led by Mark Carroll as Geoffrey Fisher, Ricky Butt as Alice Fisher, Paddy Glynn as Gran, Mark Turnbull as Councillor Duxbury and Katerina Stearman as Liz, with Keith Ramsay as Billy. The cast also includes Michael Adams, Rosie Clarkson, Laura Bryars, Adam Colbeck-Dunn, Tom Senior, Michaela Cartmell, Rebecca Eastham, Ross McNeill, Joseph O'Malley, Paul Rymer and Ashley Stirling.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7261 9876, or visit www.billythemusical.co.uk for more details.

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