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Luke Evans, Penelope Wilton
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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Saturday,27 January 2024
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Approx 2h 15m (incl. interval)
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such a thrilling experience i wished it didn’t stop!
Reviewed on 24 January 2024 by Christophe, Nantes, France
Well constructed drama.Most enjoyable
Reviewed on 23 January 2024 by Francis, Kenmare, Ireland
Reviewed on 18 January 2024 by Guy, Torquay. Devon, United Kingdom
A peak back in time at the life of someone who bridged two major periods in history. She played an important role in the earlier one and was relegated to a very minor role in the later one. Also the story of the person who made it possible for her to navigate and survive the last half of her life. Brilliant!
Reviewed on 16 January 2024 by Perry, Bedford, United States Of America
Reviewed on 13 January 2024 by Theresa, Billericay, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 January 2024 by Mary, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 January 2024 by Ian, Gloucester, United Kingdom
I was expecting just a plain story play, but this beat that. It was funny all the way through. All actors played their parts well
Reviewed on 06 January 2024 by Richard, Retford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 January 2024 by Michael, Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Story told as factual and true to Billy’s lifetime of Royal service . Funny and sad.
Reviewed on 04 January 2024 by Jane, Kirkbride, United Kingdom
Thought it a little slow at first but that changed rapidl. Very funny especially second had. All actors were excellent especially Penelope and Luke.
Reviewed on 31 December 2023 by Sandra, London, United Kingdom
Very entertaining and enjoyable.
Reviewed on 28 December 2023 by Adriana, St Albans, United Kingdom
Great show, well delivered by an amazing ensemble. Luke Evans and Penelope Wilton both deliver beautiful performances, ably supported by the rest of the cast. Cheeky, slick and entertaining show, very glad I decided to treat myself to the ticket.
Reviewed on 28 December 2023 by Katherine, Ashtead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 December 2023 by Floyd Ben, Atlanta, United States Of America
Reviewed on 20 December 2023 by Robert, Broughton-in-furness, United Kingdom
What’s not to like , gorgeous intimate theatre , acting was superb …..staged beautifully and insight into the royal world !!
Reviewed on 17 December 2023 by Vivien, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 December 2023 by Michael, St Ouen, Jersey
Show great , acting fab , felt there was no need for last bit with the corgi and Billy , spoiled it for us , but maybe that really happened?
Reviewed on 03 December 2023 by Adele, London, United Kingdom
Did not quite know what to expect from the very start we loved it and laughed out load.
Reviewed on 30 November 2023 by Stephen, Ringwood, United Kingdom
Disappointing. No storyline, no substance. A little vulgar in part.
Reviewed on 29 November 2023 by Deborah, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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 Christopher, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 November 2023 by Andrew, Loughton, United Kingdom
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Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans to star in new West End play BACKSTAIRS BILLY
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Luke Evans is returning to the West End this autumn alongside Penelope Wilton in a new play about the Queen Mother's relationship with her most loyal servant.
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