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Liam Liar


  • Playwright

    Hugh Leonard 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from 'Billy Liar' by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall.
  • Synopsis

    Relocated to Ireland, Liam Liar tells the story of a lazy, wildly inventive, daydreaming, irresponsible clerk with an extraordinarily vivid imagination and an inability to tell the truth. Unable to come to grips with the drab reality of his life, or with his own lack of direction, he treats his girlfriends and his family irresponsibly and spends his time retreating into that daydream world where he is the dictator of an imaginary country.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Ursula Dearbhla Molloy
Rita Brenda Fricker
Martin Foley Niall Tóibín
Liam Foley Eamon Morrissey
Rory Dowdall Bosco Hogan
Alice Foley Laurie Morton
Liz Angela Harding
Mary Meldrum May Cluskey
Production Team  
Director Joe Dowling
Designer Quentin Mitchell
Producer Noel Pearson
Lighting Designer Joe Dowling
Technical Director Robert Heade
Stage Director Yvette Hally
Stage Manager Susan Donovan
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Reidy
Set Construction Robert Heade
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Stage Carpenter Kevin Hudson
Wardrobe Mistress Eileen Long
Wardrobe Assistant Marie Clasby
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.