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Kes at the New Theatre, Cardiff     

Kes at the New Theatre, Cardiff Forty years after Barry Hines’ acclaimed novel A Kestrel for a Knave became a classic of British cinema comes the new stage adaptation of Kes by Lawrence Till at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 November.

Kes is the story of teenager Billy Casper and a kestrel chick that he raises himself, which allows him an escape from the harsh realities of his life. Billy’s father disappeared when he was six and his and his other is rarely at home, leaving him to fend for himself. Jud, his bullying older brother, works in the local coal mine and Billy is expected to follow in his footsteps. With help from a library book Billy teaches himself to raise his kestrel and discovers a mutual respect and love, which he has missed from his life.

This haunting account of one boys journey of self-discovery remains one of the most captivating and heart-wrenching stories of the 20th Century and this stage adaptation cements its reputation as a timeless right of passage tale.

Kes stars Stefan Butler as Billy Casper. Stefan recently received great acclaim for his role in the David Essex musical All the Fun of the Fair. Joining Stefan are Daniel Casey (Midsomer Murders), Katherine Dow Blyton (Hollyoaks), Oliver Farnworth (Hollyoaks), David Crellin (Emmerdale), Mike Burnside (The Bill), Domenic Gately (The Royal), Sue Vincent (Coronation Street), Peter McGovern and Oliver Watton.

Kes is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 November. Suggested age 13+. Tickets range from £7.50 - £24 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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