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Backstairs Billy
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27 Oct 2023 - 27 Jan 2024
To be confirmed
Suitable for 14+

Why Watch Backstairs Billy?

  • Backstairs Billy play masterfully intertwines royal history with humour, making it a must-see theatrical comedy.
  • Directed by award-winning Michael Grandage, the play promises exceptional performances and engaging storytelling.
  • Stars Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans deliver commendable performances as the Queen Mother and Billy respectively.
  • The play gives a glimpse of Britain's political and social turmoil in 1979, making it a captivating watch.
  • Presented at the historical Duke of York's Theatre, the play offers an intimate theatre experience. Get your Backstairs Billy play tickets today!

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A must-see event of the season, the Backstairs Billy play brings a unique blend of history and comedy to the Duke of York's Theatre. Directed by the acclaimed Michael Grandage, the play showcases the extraordinary talent of Penelope Wilton as the Queen Mother and Luke Evans as Billy, ensuring an unforgettable theatrical experience. Wilton, known for her roles in hit shows like 'Downton Abbey', and Evans, renowned for his performances in 'Beauty and The Beast', bring their formidable skills to their characters, delivering performances that are not to be missed.

Grandage, with a string of successful plays like 'Frozen' and 'Orlando' under his belt, brings his masterful touch to this play, making Backstairs Billy a stand-out production. Although the play has yet to receive any awards, the combination of its compelling narrative, stellar cast and top-notch direction makes it a strong contender for future accolades. Don't miss out on Backstairs Billy, it's a show that promises to be a memorable experience for all theatre enthusiasts. Get your Backstairs Billy play tickets before they sell out.

The Story

Backstairs Billy is set in the grandeur of 1979's Clarence House amidst the Queen Mother's high-spirited receptions. The play focuses on the dedicated butler, William 'Billy' Tallon, played by Luke Evans, who's at the heart of these festive gatherings. However, outside the opulent royal walls, Margaret Thatcher's era is initiating a seismic shift in Britain. This intriguing narrative presents a collision of contrasting worlds; the royal extravagance within Clarence House and the social turmoil brewing in the country.

As these worlds converge, Backstairs Billy presents a series of captivating consequences. This play is a unique blend of history, comedy, and drama, offering a fascinating insight into a significant period in British history. Grab your Backstairs Billy play tickets to witness the story unfold.

Show Timings

  • Mon, Tue, Thu: 7:30 PM
  • Wed, Fri, Sat: 2:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • The show timings for Backstairs Billy may vary every week. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.
  • Captioned: 23 November at 7:30 PM
  • Audio Described: 29 November at 7:30 PM

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Penelope Wilton as Queen Mother, Luke Evans as Billy
  • Director: Michael Grandage
  • Playwright: Marcelo Dos Santos

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Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • Suitable for 14+.
  • Please keep in mind that London theatres do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

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Booking Period: Until 27 Jan 2024

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Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Duke of York's Theatre

The Duke of York's Theatre in St Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster, was originally built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte. Today, this theatre is the London headquarters of the Ambassador Theatre Group and is a part of their portfolio including eight other venues. It is also the producing office of Sonia Friedman Productions.

Seating Capacity: 650

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Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Tube: The nearest tube station is Leicester Square, an 8-minute drive from the theatre

Train: If you wish to take a train then the Charing Cross is the closest station

Available Facilities: Bar, Kiosks and Restrooms

Accessibility: Guide Dogs Allowed, Wheelchair Spaces, Accessible Toilets, Access Performances, Hearing Assistance

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Duke of York's Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear or semi-formals are recommended. Keep in mind, that most London theatres are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Backstairs Billy tickets

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Booking Backstairs Billy play tickets online will give you the opportunity to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view seating. But if you try your luck with lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.

What is the opening date for Backstairs Billy?

Backstairs Billy opens on 27 October 2023 at Duke of York's Theatre.

What age is Backstairs Billy appropriate for?

Age suitability for Backstairs Billy is 14+.

Where is Backstairs Billy playing in London?

Backstairs Billy is playing at Duke of York's Theatre in London and opens on 27 October 2023.

How long does Backstairs Billy run for?

The running time of Backstairs Billy is to be confirmed.

What is Backstairs Billy about?

Backstairs Billy is a comedic play set in 1979, focusing on the unique friendship between the Queen Mother and her loyal butler, Billy Tallon, against the backdrop of a politically tumultuous Britain.

Who are the main stars of Backstairs Billy?

The main stars of Backstairs Billy are Penelope Wilton as the Queen Mother and Luke Evans as Billy.

What is the dress code while attending Backstairs Billy?

There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending Backstairs Billy?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending Backstairs Billy. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at Duke of York's Theatre?

Duke of York's Theatre has multiple facilities including a bar, kiosks and toilets available for the audiences during Backstairs Billy.

Can I take pictures or videos of Backstairs Billy inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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