Backstairs Billy
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Backstairs Billy

Duke Of York's Theatre, London, WC2N 4BG
  • Marcelo Dos Santos’ new comedy BACKSTAIRS BILLY is coming to London's Duke of York's Theatre for a limited run this winter.

    Tony and Olivier award-winning director Michael Grandage directs Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles) as the Queen Mother and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers) as Billy, in a play which looks at a pivotal historical moment in the 50 year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.


    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.

    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…..

    Book your BACKSTAIRS BILLY theatre tickets today!

    For more information or to make a booking please contact Group Line on 020 7206 1174 or via email at [email protected]

    *PLEASE NOTE: The venue continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues. Suitcases and large bags will not be admitted into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.

  • Duke Of York's Theatre

    St Martins Lane,
    WC2N 4BG

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  • The Daily Telegraph


    ‘Penelope Wilton makes a marvellous Queen Mother in the best royal drama in a decade. Impeccably directed by Michael Grandage. Perfect.’


    The Times


    ‘Luke Evans delivers a performance that tilts between perfectionism and outrage’


    i News


    ‘A gift for all who admire superlative acting’




    ‘Real corgis. Acid putdowns. Full of delight.’



    ‘Marcelo Dos Santos is a talented writer, with a distinctive voice and a welcome wit’