Backstairs Billy announces full casting for plays world premiere

Full casting has been announced for Michael Grandage’s production of the world premiere of Marcelo Dos Santo’s new comedy Backstairs Billy.

Backstairs Billy
Penelope Wilton and Luke Evansack

The Michael Grandage Company has announced the full cast for the world première of Marcelo Dos Santos’ new play Backstairs Billy which looks at a pivotal moment in the 50-year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.

Joining the previously announced Penelope Wilton as the Queen Mother and Luke Evans as Billy, are Emily Barber, Iwan Davies, Ian Drysdale, Ilan Galkoff, Eloka Ivo, Michael Simkins, Nicole Sloane, with David Buttle, Amy Newton, Keanu Adolphus Johnson, Georgie Rhys and Jacob Ethan Tanner. Michael Grandage’s production opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 7 November, with previews from 27 October, and runs until 27 January.


Backstairs Billy

In the company’s continued commitment to providing access for all in the West End, there will be £10 tickets available at every performance across the run. For further information, and to register for the initiative: Since MGC’s creation in 2011 the company has led the way in defining a cheaper seat policy across the West End, prioritising accessibility, and to enable as wide and diverse an audience as possible to experience West End Theatre.

The production reunites Grandage with Wilton – they previously collaborated on productions of The Chalk Garden, John Gabriel Borkman and Hamlet; and with Evans who performed at the Donmar twice under Grandage’s Artistic directorship, in Small Change and Piaf. Also, Marcelo Dos Santos was an MGCfutures Bursary recipient from 2019 – a charity established by Grandage to support theatre makers across all aspects of the industry. Following their introduction via the bursary programme, MGC commissioned Dos Santos to write Backstairs Billy.


Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans to star in Backstairs Billy directed by Michael Grandage


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