Pantomime star takes a seat in the director’s

Director Neil Hurst sits this one out with (from the left) Catherine Benson, Rachel Pegg and Rachel Rogers
Director Neil Hurst sits this one out with (from the left) Catherine Benson, Rachel Pegg and Rachel Rogers

Pantomime star Neil Hurst is swapping the stage for the director’s chair in the new production of Billy.

Based on the 1960’s Yorkshire play, Billy Liar, Halifax Light Opera Society will bring the work of the original author, Keith Waterhouse, to life through a dialogue of musical verse.

Billy will be performed at Halifax Playhouse from June 17-21.

Mr Hurst, who started his career with the society, said: “It’s a fabulous, funny show that I’ve wanted to be involved with for a long time.”

The show is set in the heart of Yorkshire and young Billy Fisher is an undertaker’s assistant who daydreams and exaggerates about his life when his dreams eventually become a reality.

The script is by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais with music by John Barry and Don Black.

“Unlike the London cast, we should have no trouble with the Yorkshire accents, tha knows,” said funnyman Hurst, who as well as a performer, has worked as a professional stage director and writer of performances.

Tickets are available from the Playhouse.