Duke of York's Theatre

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Backstairs Billy

Backstairs Billy Tickets

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  • Booking until: Saturday, 27 January 2024
  • Running time: Approx 2h 15m (incl. interval)
  • Starring: Luke Evans, Penelope Wilton
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Luke Evans, Penelope Wilton

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William John Stephenson Tallon RVM played a very special role in the life of the royals. Nicknamed Backstairs Billy, he was a valued member of the Queen Mother's staff at Clarence House. Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans star in this gorgeous comedy play set in 1979, in a Britain where civil unrest was the name of the game, exploring the close relationship between Billy and the Queen Mother. The rest of the cast will be announced nearer the time.

Penelope Wilton plays the Queen Mother and Luke Evans portrays Billy himself in a show that’s so funny the script made them laugh out loud. As Evans said, “It’s just so entertaining and such a joyous story about these two people: the Queen Mother, who was super famous, but also Billy. He was always there and spent most of his life working for her.”

Backstairs Billy theatre tickets take you to a world that has already delighted audiences through a Channel 4 documentary, Backstairs Billy: The Queen Mum's Butler, broadcast in 2009. Tallon was also played by Ian Stark in Tea With The Old Queen by Graham Woolnough, delighting audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 then at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. This new play runs at the Duke of York's Theatre from October 2023 to January 2024. 

The Set Designer is Christopher Oram and the Costume Designers are Christopher Oram and Tom Rand. The Lighting Designer is Ryan Day, the Music and Sound designer Adam Cork, and the Wigs, Hair & Makeup Designer Carole Hancock. The Casting Director is Jacob Sparrow. Associate Direction comes from Sophie Drake and the Costume Supervisor is Mary Charlton.

What's the plot of Backstairs Billy?

In 1996 Tallon was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal in Silver, and the gold medal in 2001, one of the very few holders of the medal in Gold. It’s the highest award in the lowest grade of the Royal Victorian Order, and represents a significant honour.

The Michael Grandage Company presents this fab new comedy written by Marcelo Dos Santos, examining a pivotal moment in the five decade relationship between the Queen Mother and her most loyal servant. 

As Grandage said, “It is always a great moment to celebrate the birth of a new comedy in the West End and particularly from an important new voice such as Marcelo Dos Santos. I am thrilled to be working again with Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans alongside a cast of twelve other actors as we bring an exciting new play to the stage this autumn and over the Christmas period ahead.”

Who is Backstairs Billy for? 

Backstairs Billy is recommended for people aged 14 or more. 

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  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 27 January 2024

  • Running time:

    Approx 2h 15m (incl. interval)

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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Next Performances for Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York's Theatre

today30th Nov 2023 7:30pm
tomorrow 1st Dec 2023 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 2:30pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 7:30pm
Monday 4th Dec 2023 7:30pm
Tuesday 5th Dec 2023 7:30pm

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Backstairs Billy reviews

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Great Show

Did not quite know what to expect from the very start we loved it and laughed out load.

Reviewed on 30 November 2023 by , Ringwood, United Kingdom


Disappointing. No storyline, no substance. A little vulgar in part.

Reviewed on 29 November 2023 by , Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

See something else

Nowhere near as funny as the critics said it was. Heavy dialogue and fragmented presentation. Plays like an out of date farce. Spend your cash elsewhere - even a circus would be better.

Reviewed on 18 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Very funny with great comedic timing

Reviewed on 09 November 2023 by , Loughton, United Kingdom

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