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Penelope Wilton & Luke Evans return to the stage in this new regal comedy.
Production shot of Backstairs Billy in London, with Luke Evans as Billy and Penelope Wilton as The Queen Mother.
Production shot of Backstairs Billy in London, with Luke Evans as Billy.
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Production shot of Backstairs Billy in London, with Penelope Wilton as The Queen Mother.
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About Backstairs Billy

Luke Evans and Penelope Wilton star in this new regal comedy at the Duke of York Theatre. Book Backstairs Billy tickets on TodayTix.

Marcelo Dos Santos’ hilarious new comedy, Backstairs Billy, explores the real-life relationships between the Queen Mother and her loyal Page of the Backstairs, William Tallon, during the infamous winter of 1979.

Across the country, workers are picketing and striking. The temperatures are growing bitterly, frigidly cold. The people are angry, divided, and disillusioned. And yet, inside Clarence House, the Royal Family has managed to keep the champagne flowing and the real world at a distance. But they can’t ignore it forever. The Queen Mother and her devoted Backstairs Billy will have to face the music as worlds collide in a hilarious and thought-provoking new play.

Don’t miss your chance to glimpse the goings-on behind the scenes at Clarence House! Book Backstairs Billy tickets in the West End on TodayTix.

Access Performances Captioned: 23rd November 7.30pm Audio Described: 29th November 7.30pm BSL: TBC

Run time

Approx 2h 15m (incl. interval)

Start date

27th October, 2023

End date

27th January, 2024

Categories

Age

14+

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241 Reviews

West End Laura

West End Laura

80 Reviews | 8 Followers
84
Joyful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want a joyful, funny play that's easy to watch, has 2 brilliant leading actors (and has a bit of crude humour!)

Don’t see it if You're not interested in the royal family, or you're easily offended. It's set in the 70s so the language used reflects this.

Pedro N

Pedro N

108 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Fluffy, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like a good, clever comedy based on actual facts and seeing great actors on stage.

Don’t see it if You don't like comedies.

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M 608343

580 Reviews | 89 Followers
95
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like comedies that have an occasional serious turn. Set is terrific.

Don’t see it if You don’t like dogs, monarchs, or good theatre!

RichardLSPrice

RichardLSPrice

70 Reviews | 2 Followers
94
Hilarious, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if A great comedy with entertaining performances. Really enjoyable.

Don’t see it if You don’t find the elites funny. Or easily offended. There’s a bit of crude humour in here.

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Venue

Duke of York's Theatre

104 St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4BG

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.

More information about Backstairs Billy

The epitome of a loyal royal servant, William Tallon served the Queen Mother for over half a century. In fact, he began writing to the royal household at age 10, asking to work there. When he was 15, he became a junior assistant at Windsor Castle. From there, he worked his way up to becoming the most relied upon and favourite member of the Queen Mother’s royal entourage. He even received the extremely rare Royal Victorian Medal in gold in 2001. A longtime confidante and a faithful butler, Billy was an unforgettable character known for his campy, larger-than-life personality.

Backstairs Billy is inspired by William Tallon’s highly unusual relationship with the Queen Mother, but it is a comedy, not a historical play. Playwright Marcelo Dos Santos presents a humorous and fictionalised interpretation of real people and real events.

What to watch for

  • Luke Evans began his career in theatre, but it is the first time he has returned to the stage in 15 years. Evans has performed in multiple West End musicals, including Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon, and Avenue Q.
  • Dame Penelope Wilton is known for her role in Downton Abbey where she played a middle-class woman who often clashed with her more aristocratic in-laws. Now, she’s gone fully posh! In Backstairs Billy, the Olivier Award-winning actress portrays Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as the Queen Mother.
  • Marcelo Dos Santos has been hailed as “an important new voice” by director Michael Grandage. Backstairs Billy marks Dos Santos’ West End debut.
  • Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II got her famous love of corgis from her mother. Corgis have been a feature of the play’s advertising campaign thus far. Will a corgi or two make an appearance onstage? One can only hope!

Frequently asked questions

What is Backstairs Billy about?

Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans star as the Queen Mother and her loyal page of the Backstairs in this new regal comedy at the Duke of York Theatre. Plyawright Marcelo Dos Santos makes his West End debut with his hilarious play.

What is the running time of Backstairs Billy?

Backstairs Billy runs for Approx 2h 15m (incl. interval)

Which theatre is Backstairs Billy at?

Backstairs Billy is at London's Duke of York's Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for Backstairs Billy?

14+

How do you get tickets for Backstairs Billy?

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