Backstairs Billy

Backstairs Billy

Live at
Duke of York's Theatre
Fri 27 Oct 2023 - Sat 27 Jan 2024
Closed
Book now for your last chance to see Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles) and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers) star in Marcelo Dos Santos’ critically acclaimed new play Backstairs Billy, directed by Tony and Olivier award-winning director Michael Grandage.
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Duke of York's Theatre

Fri 27 Oct 2023 - Sat 27 Jan 2024
104 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4BG, UK
This show has an interval
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Wed - Sat at 14:30
Age guidance: 14+
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Wilton and Evans reign supreme’ (Financial Times) in this hilarious story of the Queen Mother and her most loyal servant. Don’t miss the final weeks of this ‘gleefully subversive comedy’ (Time Out) playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 27 January.

Backstairs Billy

1979. Inside Clarence House, The Queen Mother’s receptions are in full swing and the champagne is flowing. Guiding the proceedings is William ‘Billy’ Tallon, holder of the royal corgis and Her Majesty’s loyal servant.

Evans is a flamboyantly entertaining Billy
- The Stage
Dos Santos is a talented writer, with a distinctive voice and a welcome wit
- WhatsOnStage

Outside, strikes are bringing the country to its knees and Britain is on the verge of changing seismically under Margaret Thatcher. These two worlds are about to collide with dizzying consequences…

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Cast and Creatives

Penelope Wilton
The Queen Mother
Penelope Wilton
Luke Evans
William “Billy” Tallon
Luke Evans
Emily Barber
Annabel Maud/Lady Astlebury
Emily Barber
Iwan Davies
Gwydion
Iwan Davies
Ian Drysdale
Kerr
Ian Drysdale
Ilan Galkoff
Young Billy
Ilan Galkoff
Eloka Ivo
Ian
Eloka Ivo
Michael Simkins
Mr Harrington-Bahr/Hugo McCoyd
Michael Simkins
Nicola Sloane
Mrs Harrington-Bahr/Lady Adeline
Nicola Sloane
David Buttle
Palace Staff/Understudy
David Buttle
Keanu Adolphus Johnson
Palace Staff/Understudy
Keanu Adolphus Johnson
Amy Newton
Palace Staff/Understudy
Amy Newton
Georgie Rhys
Palace Staff/Understudy
Georgie Rhys
Jacob Ethan Tanner
Palace Staff/Understudy
Jacob Ethan Tanner
Michael Grandage
Director
Michael Grandage
Marcelo Dos Santos
Writer
Marcelo Dos Santos
Christopher Oram
Set Designer and Costume Designer
Christopher Oram
Tom Rand
Costume Designer
Tom Rand
Ryan Day
Lighting Designer
Ryan Day
Adam Cork
Music and Sound Designer
Adam Cork
Carole Hancock
Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Designer
Carole Hancock
Jacob Sparrow
Casting Director
Jacob Sparrow
Sophie Drake
Associate Director
Sophie Drake
Mary Charlton
Costume Supervisor
Mary Charlton
Marcus Hall
Props Supervisor
Marcus Hall

What the critics say

Penelope Wilton makes a marvellous Queen Mother in the best royal drama in a decade. Impeccably directed by Michael Grandage. Perfect.
- Daily Telegraph
The perfect theatrical winter warmer
- Daily Telegraph
Luke Evans delivers a performance that tilts between perfectionism and outrage
- The Times

Duke of York's Theatre

104 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4BG, UK
Leicester Square
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. See 'What's On' section for performance times
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Ambassador Lounge - Pre-show & interval table service (Charge applies)
Membership Benefits - 25% off pre-show drinks (30mins prior)

The Duke of York’s Theatre opened in 1892, then named the Trafalgar Square Theatre, and was renamed to its current name in 1895 to honour the future King George V. The theatre has housed acclaimed productions since, such as King Lear, and played host to many famous names, including Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Michael Gambon and Jeremy Irons.

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Duke of York's Theatre

Fri 27 Oct 2023 - Sat 27 Jan 2024
104 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4BG, UK
This show has an interval
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Wed - Sat at 14:30
Age guidance: 14+
For group bookings of 10 or more:
Join ATG+, the UK's best live entertainment membership

With an ATG+ membership, you can enjoy a host of exclusive benefits across 35+ ATG venues

Better access to tickets via priority booking and ringfenced seats
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Flexible tickets
25% off drinks at the bar at our members' happy hours (10% in Scotland)
Dedicated phone line, partner offers
Exclusive member events
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