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Billy Liar (1962)

Billy Liar
Written by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse
Directed by James March
31 October – 3 November 1962

A teenager in a North Country town, Billy Fisher weaves a world of his own out of his day dreams. He is an incurable liar, idle and dishonest, and to escape from his dull job as an undertaker’s clerk and his dreary domestic background he imagines himself in so many different situations that truth and fiction become hopelessly intermingled. His family is unable to understand or control him, though they realize that he is a good for nothing. The cast is completed by the three girls to whom he is simultaneously engaged. When he is given the chance to start a new life, he turns it down, preferring his dreams to reality.


Florence Boothroyd – Pat Watson
Geoffrey Fisher – John Wharton
Alice Fisher – Betty Cottee
Billy Fisher – Louis Cox
Arthur Crabtree – Bill Sleigh
Barbara – Diane Montague
Rita – Marjorie Harris
Liz – Jennifer Jones


Stage Manager – Bruce Youngman
Properties – Eileen Youngman and Madeleine Pretty
Assistant Stage Manager – Angela Smith
Set Design – Robert Pettyfer

Furniture loaned by Bonners of Welling