Harry McEntire takes the lead role in a new production of Billy Liar, a classic tale of northern life in the 1960s.

Keith Waterhouse’s original 1959 novel has been adapted for the stage by Waterhouse himself, alongside Willis Hall.

With previous Royal Exchange credits that include Winterlong (which also played at Soho Theatre) and Punk Rock (also at the Lyric Theatre ,Hammersmith), McEntire takes to the stage this time as 19 year old Billy Fisher – a teenager whose great imagination helps him to escape the drudgery of his everyday life.

Billy works a dead end job in an undertakers and lives at home with his parents and grandmother, however this young northern lad has big dreams – to run away to London and become a scriptwriter.

The play is set over one hectic Saturday, when a series of explosive, emotional confrontations take place, all set off by Billy’s lies, and his dreams of getting to London are put in jeopardy both by his own romantic affairs and fears and the expectations of his family.

Stockport-born Sam Yates is guest director for the production and commented, “Billy Liar is a sometimes painfully truthful insight into northern family. The unmatchable intimacy of the Royal Exchange makes it the ideal home for this play. I’m thrilled to be working with one of Britain’s most exciting young actors, Harry McEntire, who plays Billy Fisher.”

Yates featured in GQ Magazine’s “Men Of The Next 25 Years” in theatre in 2013 and was named a rising star in The Observer this year. His other recent credits include Cornelius (Brits Off Broadway, New York and Finborough ), Mixed Marriage (Finborough) and Poetry Week (Donmar Warehouse).

Other members of the cast include Aaron Anthony, Emily Barber, Jack Deam, Rebekah Hinds, Katie Moore, Lisa Millett and Sue Wallace.

The creative team comprises David Woodhead (production design), David Plater (Lighting), Isobel Waller-Bridge (sound and composer), Sophie Parrott (casting director) and Alexander Summers (assistant director).

Billy Liar runs from 13th June to 12th July 2014.

Online information and a trailer can be viewed at http://www.royalexchange.co.uk/billyliar

Evening Performance Times:
Monday – Friday, 7.30pm & Saturday, 8pm
Matinee Performance Times:
Wednesdays, 2.30pm & Saturday 3.30pm

Extra matinees:
Tuesday 24 & Thursday 26 June, 2.30pm

Half Price Preview: Friday 13 June

Ticket Prices: From £10 (Concessions Available)
Audio-described Performance: Saturday 5 July, 3.30pm
BSL Interpreted Performance: Tuesday 8 July, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thursday 3 July, 7.30pm
After-show Discussion Thursday 10 July after 7.30pm performance
Box Office: 0161 833 9833.

On-line: www.royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline www.royalexchange.co.uk