Backstairs Billy

Marcelo Dos Santos’ new comedy BACKSTAIRS BILLY is coming to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited run this winter.

Tony and Olivier award-winning director Michael Grandage directs Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles) as the Queen Mother and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers) as Billy, in a play which looks at a pivotal historical moment in the 50 year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.

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What is Backstairs Billy about?

1979. Inside Clarence House, The Queen Mother’s receptions are in full swing and the champagne is flowing. Guiding the proceedings is William ‘Billy’ Tallon, holder of the royal corgis and Her Majesty’s loyal servant.

Outside, strikes are bringing the country to its knees and Britain is on the verge of changing seismically under Margaret Thatcher.

These two worlds are about to collide with dizzying consequences…..

Ticket Information

Tickets available for performances from 27 Oct 2023 – 27 Jan 2024

Running Time


Cast & Creatives

Luke Evans (William “Billy” Tallon), Penelope Wilton (The Queen Mother)

Michael Grandage (Director)

Booking Period

27 Oct 2023 - 27 Jan 2024

Weekly Performances

Monday 7:30PM
Tuesday 7:30PM
Wednesday 2:30PM, 7:30PM
Thursday 7:30PM
Friday 7:30PM
Saturday 2:30PM, 7:30PM

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Venue Information

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4BG

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Nearest Tube/Rail Station

Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross and Embankment


24, 29 and 176

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London St Martins Lane Hotel

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