Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles) and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers) star in Marcelo Dos Santos’ hilarious new comedy Backstairs Billy, directed by Tony and Olivier award-winning director Michael Grandage.

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…..

Book your royal appointment today.


★★★★★ 'Penelope Wilton makes a marvellous Queen Mother in the best royal drama in a decade. Impeccably directed by Michael Grandage. Perfect.' The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ 'Luke Evans delivers a performance that tilts between perfectionism and outrage' Times

★★★★ 'A gift for all who admire superlative acting' iNews


The appearance of any member of the cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt, please check with the Box Office before booking.


Duke Of York's Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London

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Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London


3.7(3 reviews)
  • graham smith

    Dec 3, 2023

    I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this play, having been chosen by my guest. The cast were excellent and the script was tight and entertaining. Glad that I agreed to attend.

  • John

    Dec 1, 2023

    Did not enjoy. Can’t see why such quality actors agreed to perform in such an awful play.

  • Steve Burgess

    Nov 28, 2023

    Nice theatre and very friendly staff. Very well acted and funny! We are in our 60s and remember the Queen Mum very well. I thought that her characters came over brilliantly. I just wonder however how understandable the play was to any foreign visitors……

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