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KES - Derby Theatre - Friday 13 September – Saturday 5 October 2013

From the novel 'A Kestrel for a Knave' by Barry Hines
Adapted by Lawrence Till - Directed by Sarah Brigham

Theatres   Derby Theatre   Nottingham Playhouse OTG

Coal   Kes     Tinned Goods  

We are pleased to announce that Derby Theatre is up for the
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in association with Classic FM,
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and we would be delighted if you would consider voting for us in this category.

Well-known, popular classic to be Derby Theatre's
second professional produced show…this autumn

Derby Theatre is delighted to announce that it will produce and present the celebrated classic Kes, based on Barry Hines'
A Kestrel for a Knave, this autumn from Fri 13th September until Sat 5th October 2013.

Kes will be Derby Theatre's second professional produced show, following on from the first, the hugely successful Cooking with Elvis, and will be directed by Artistic Director, Sarah Brigham.

Set against a northern backdrop, Kes is a well-known and much-loved book and film. A coming-of-age, classic told with humour and warmth which continues to speak, and be relevant to, audiences of all ages through its powerful story of struggle in a tough world.

It's 1960s Britain and daring to hope can be a dangerous thing. But 'our Billy' is brave enough to break free from the hardship, coal dust and the bullying he endures from his family and teachers. Adamant on embarking on a journey towards a brighter future, Billy realises his ambition of hope and freedom through his kestrel, Kes.

Billy and Kes, through a shared aspiration to reach new horizons, form a unique bond through training, love and hope. But injustice and heartbreak impact on their journeys too, as Billy tragically discovers.

Director, Sarah Brigham said:
"I'm delighted to be bringing this classic tale to the audiences of Derby. It's a story of one boy's hope and ambition against an incredibly tough landscape and I think it chimes very much with our times at the moment. It's a great story with great drama within it and I hope our audiences will enjoy our second professional produced show"

For many; Kes is a story fondly remembered with nostalgia of a time studying the play at school and we look forward to presenting our exciting, yet faithful, version, from Lawrence Till's adaptation, to new and existing audiences this autumn.

Press Enquiries
Heidi McKenzie – Press & Marketing Officer
Direct Line: (01332 593955) Mobile: 07527 839019
Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF

Auditions for young people
We will be looking for local young people (aged 11-15 years old) to play Billy's classmates.
Auditions will be held on Sunday 16th June. For more information please email Caroline Barth (Head of Learning, Derby Theatre) at:

Directed by Sarah Brigham Design by Barney George Original music by Ivan Stott

Tickets: £10.50 - £25.50. Family tickets and school rates also available. For more information and to book tickets call the Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 or online at

Special Ticket Offers

We would be happy to offer a special ticket offer on the first few performances to miners and their families

Earlybird of prey offer Book before 31st May 2013 and get 50% OFF your booking
(available on performances Fri 13th – Mon 16th Sep inclusive) Call the Box Office for more details.

Listings information Derby Theatre:-
Derby Theatre
Fri 13 Sep – Sat 5 Oct 2013
Evening performances: (Mon – Sat), 7.30pm
Matinee performances (Thurs & Sats), 2.30pm
Tickets: £10.50 - £25.50
Box Office: 01332 593939

For more press information please contact Heidi c/o Derby Theatre (See below for contact details).
 Sarah Brigham is available for interview/further comment
 Casting details will be released towards the end of June
 Cast members will be available for interview from the end of June
 Poster image can be supplied on request
 Press and guest night will be on Tue 17th Sep 2013