Backstairs Billy Tickets
Tickets for Backstairs Billy are available now!
Now that’s history! Don’t miss out on the hilarious new comedy Backstairs Billy from Marcelo Dos Santos, presented by the Michael Grandage company. In a royal affair like no other, Backstairs Billy examines a crucial period during the 50-year friendship between the Queen Mother and her devoted butler Willian ‘Billy’ Tallon during a time of political and social chaos. Tickets for Backstairs Billy at The Duke of York’s Theatre are available now, book your tickets today, your majesty!
The story of Backstairs Billy
The year is 1979. The champagne is flowing and The Queen Mother's lively receptions are in full swing inside the opulence of Clarence House! William "Billy" Tallon, the guardian of the royal corgis and a devoted assistant to Her Majesty, is in charge of the proceedings.
Beyond the lavish walls, strikes have gripped a nation that is falling apart. Britain is on the verge of changing seismically under Margaret Thatcher, and as these two contrasting worlds are on course for collision, a whirlwind of consequences are about to unfold...
The cast and creatives of Backstairs Billy
Michael Grandage (Frozen, Orlando, A Midsummer Night's Dream and many more) directs Penelope Wilton (Ever Decreasing Circles, Downton Abbey, The Borrowers) as the Queen Mother and Luke Evans (Immortals, The Raven, Beauty and The Beast) as Billy, with further casting yet to be announced.
Backstairs Billy tickets are available now!
Book your royal appointment to see Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans shine in Michael Grandage’s highly-anticipated new comedy. Don’t miss out on Backstairs Billy, it’s one for the history books! Book your tickets now!
Age restrictionTo be confirmed.
Running timeTo be confirmed.
Performance dates27 October 2023 - 27 January 2024
AccessCaptioned: 23 November. Audio Described: 29 November. BSL: To be confirmed.
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Interview with Backstairs Billy playwright Marcelo Dos Santos
2023 has been a right royal year! We’ve had a coronation, a royal baby and even a tell-all memoir! Don’t pack away that bunting and relegate the commemorative plates to the cupboards just yet, as the crowning glory in this year’s royal calendar will be taking place next month, and you are cordially invited.
Hailed as an ‘important new voice’ by director Michael Grandage, Marcelo Dos Santos latest play explores the complex relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal steward, William “Billy” Tallon. The production, which stars Luke Evans and Penelope Wilton, centres around a pivotal point in their 50-year friendship, where strikes are bringing Britain to its knees and the class divide is growing by the minute.
We sat down with the award-winning playwright ahead of his West End debut, to discuss the challenges in depicting such iconic characters for stage, his subconscious miming abilities, and why chocolate is just as important as a laptop (or notebook) when writing for theatre.
14 Sep, 2023 | By Sian McBride