Our popular nostalgia quiz this week focuses on the many Manchester connections of stage and screen actor Tom Courtenay.
He filmed much of the movie Billy Liar in Manchester in 1962, including a scene at the Mecca Casino in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Courtenay and the cast, including Julie Christie and Leonard Rossiter, even managed to dance a few steps!
Billy Liar helped Courtenay forge a link with Manchester that has lasted six decades, including numerous stage appearances in plays as varied as The Dresser and Charley’s Aunt with Helen Mirren.
How well do you remember Tom Courtenay and regional theatre? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and share your score with friends?
Tom Courtenay appeared in the musical Andy Capp, based on the newspaper cartoon character, at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 1982. Who wrote the musical?
Helen Mirren, who starred with Courtenay in Charley’s Aunt at Manchester’s Little University Theatre, played Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in which TV drama?
Another member of the Charley’s Aunt cast, actress Lucy Fleming, starred as Jenny Richards in which popular BBC sci-fi series?
In March 1980, the Royal Exchange premiered Ronald Harwood’s play The Dresser, which starred Courtenay as Norman and Freddie Jones as ‘Sir’ – the ageing actor whom Norman had dressed for decades. Who played Sir in the 1983 film version?
Who wrote the novel and play Billy Liar?
What mythical kingdom, where he was decorated as a war hero, did Billy Liar invent as an escape from reality?
What nationality was the actress Romy Schneider, who starred with Courtenay in the 1968 thriller-comedy film Otley?
Courtenay played Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 1976 with John Nettles appearing as Laertes. Nettles starred in his own TV detective series from 1981 to 1991 set in Jersey. What was it called?
What role did Courtenay play in the 2007 fantasy film The Golden Compass?
Leonard Rossiter, who starred with Courtenay in Billy Liar, famously portrayed the lecherous landlord Rigsby in which 1970s ITV sitcom?
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?
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