27 October 2023 - 27 January 2024
Luke Evans and Penelope Wilton star in Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.
This joyful and compassionate new comedy is written by Marcelo Dos Santos (Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going to Happen), and directed by Michael Grandage (Frozen).
Backstairs Billy is the story of the Queen Mother (Penelope Wilton) and her most loyal servant William Tallon (Luke Evans), who served the royal family for over 50 years.
The comedy stars British theatre royalty Dame Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, After Life, Taken at Midnight) and Hollywood superstar Luke Evans (Fast and Furious, Beauty and the Beast, Piaf).
Backstairs Billy is playing at the Duke of York’s theatre from 27 October 2023 to 27 January 2024.
What's the story of Backstairs Billy?
Set in 1979, when strikes are bringing the country to its knees and Britain is about to seismically change under Margaret Thatcher, it is business as usual for the Queen Mother and her loyal servant Billy inside Clarence House. Receptions are in full swing and the champagne is flowing as the two worlds start to collide with dizzying consequences.
Who is in the cast of Backstairs Billy?
Penelope Wilton as the Queen Mother, and Luke Evans as William Tallon.
The cast also includes Emily Barber as Annabel Maud/Lady Astlebury; Iwan Davies as Gwydion; Ian Drysdale as Kerr; Ilan Galkoff as Young Billy; Eloka Ivo as Ian; Michael Simkins as Mr Harrington-Bahr/Hugo McCoyd; Nicole Sloane as Mrs Harrington-Bahr/Lady Adeline; and David Buttle, Amy Newton, Keanu Adolphus Johnson, Georgie Rhys and Jacob Ethan Tanner.
Who are the creative team of Backstairs Billy?
Written by Marcelo Dos Santos, and directed by Michael Grandage.
Other creatives include: Set Design by Christopher Oram; Costume Design by Christopher Oram and Tom Rand; Lighting Design by Ryan Day; Music and Sound design by Adam Cork; Wigs, Hair & Makeup Design by Carole Hancock; Casting Director Jacob Sparrow; Associate Director Sophie Drake; Costume Supervisor Mary Charlton.
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue InformationDuke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176
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