NOW BOOKING: Tickets have gone on sale to see award-winning British theatre royalty Dame Penelope Wilton, and Hollywood star Luke Evans, in hilarious new comedy Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.
Directed by multiple Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage (The Policeman, Frozen The Musical), Backstairs Billy is playing at the Duke of York’s theatre from 27 October 2023 to 27 January 2024.
Backstairs Billy is a brand new comedy by acclaimed playwright Marcelo Dos Santos, and centres on the true-life story of the Queen Mother (Penelope Wilton), and her most loyal servant William Tallon (Luke Evans).
Their relationship lasted for 50 years, and the play centres on a moment in their lives in 1979, as Margaret Thatcher is set to take to the world stage in British politics. Over at Clarence House, receptions are still in full swing and the champagne is flowing for the Queen Mother and her loyal servant Billy, but the two worlds start to collide with dizzying consequences.
A cast of 12 actors will feature in the play, with further casting to be announced.
Dame Penelope Wilton is one of Britain’s great actors, performing in a huge range of work on both stage and screen. Her onscreen credits include BBC sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles, The Borrowers, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and After Life.
Luke Evans is best known for his screen work, including roles in big Hollywood franchises The Hobbit and Fast and Furious, and in Disney live action movies Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio.
Alongside Michael Grandage, the creative team includes 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.