The Unicorn Theatre revived their hit 2007 stage adaptation of Michael’s book ‘Billy the Kid’ in autumn 2011.
The only thing Billy ever wanted to do was play for Chelsea – and his dream came true when he was signed by the club to become a champion striker for the first team.
But that was 1939. Then the Second World War began and Billy’s life changed forever. Will Billy the Kid ever see his beloved Chelsea again?
A heart-warming story of football, war and dreams.
Billy the Kid is adapted from the hit novel by Michael Morpurgo, former children’s laureate and award-winner author of popular children’s books, including War Horse and Private Peaceful.
Voted the Best Children’s Show of 2007 by Time Out Critics’ Choice, the production is reuniting the original cast including much‐loved British actor Dudley Sutton as he returns to reprise his role as Billy.
The story is told through the eyes of Billy as an elderly man, who lives with Sam’s parents but spends his days on the park bench. Billy tells Sam about his past, his passion for football when he was a boy, and how he came to play for Chelsea. He recalls his memories from the War, when his life was turned upside‐down.
This heart‐warming story of football, war and dreams created for children and their families ran from 24th September – 30th October 2011 at London’s Unicorn Theatre.
This production of BILLY THE KID was recorded by Digital Theatre and is available to download (for a fee) from their website.
CAST INCLUDES: Dudley Sutton, Sam Donovan
‘Tony Graham's touching adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's story about a forgotten Chelsea football legend’
"There’s excellent work too from the versatile Sam Donovan who plays all the other parts."
"This is a softly spoken play that doesn't thump its messages home."