Backstairs Billy (West End)
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Backstairs Billy (West End)
85

Backstairs Billy (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(242 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Clever

About the Show

Luke Evans & Penelope Wilton star in this new comedy about the Queen Mother and her servant “Billy” Tallon.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (103)

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108 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Fluffy, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like a good, clever comedy based on actual facts and seeing great actors on stage.

Don't see it if You don't like comedies.

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
95
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like comedies that have an occasional serious turn. Set is terrific.

Don't see it if You don’t like dogs, monarchs, or good theatre!

70 Reviews | 2 Followers
94
Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if A great comedy with entertaining performances. Really enjoyable.

Don't see it if You don’t find the elites funny. Or easily offended. There’s a bit of crude humour in here.

107 Reviews | 6 Followers
91
Enchanting, Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want a comedy

Don't see it if You are homophobic

221 Reviews | 42 Followers
90
Relevant, Hilarious, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you wanna see the funniest thing this year

Don't see it if you don't like British humour

52 Reviews | 5 Followers
88
Funny, Comical, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if This is a story of the late Queen mother and her Butler. The show is very entertaining and you will come out smiling and remembering quotes.

Don't see it if Funny plays

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
87
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see one of the most impressive staging with truly beautiful decorations and REAL corgis

Don't see it if you don't like stories about the royal family or if you're expecting something too serious

197 Reviews | 75 Followers
85
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You adore the Queen Mother. You will adore her even more.

Don't see it if You think the monarchy should not be the subject of broad humor.

Critic Reviews (14)

The London Evening Standard
November 8th, 2023

“Grandage’s production is consistently funny, and the performances entertain, but this play really doesn’t know what it’s saying.”
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The Guardian (UK)
November 8th, 2023

“The writing has sophistication and some jokes are funny but this is the epitome of theatre as light entertainment.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 8th, 2023

“Abounding with witty entertainment and curiosity value, augmented by scene-stealing appearances from two real-life corgis, it confirms the promise shown by Marcelo Dos Santos with his comic monologue”
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WhatsOnStage
November 8th, 2023

“Marcelo Dos Santos’s ‘Backstairs Billy’ is a strange thing. Not six characters in search of an author, but a set of good lines in search of a play...’Backstairs Billy’, for all its humour, feels like a smudged snapshot rather than a fully realised portrait.”
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The Arts Desk
November 8th, 2023

“Those who might dismiss ‘Backstairs Billy’ as so much heightened gossip would do well to heed its warning about societal divides that on this evidence can never be breached.”
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London Theatre
November 8th, 2023

“This impeccably played comedy of manners nicely balances palace gossip with broader ideas about class, power, and way that tradition can both comfort and stifle...We can’t live in the past forever, but this lively visit is a right royal romp.”
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The Stage (UK)
November 8th, 2023

“It’s amusing, and toys gingerly with social issues...Yet it never properly alights on any particular sense of purpose. Even in Michael Grandage’s supremely accomplished production, with flawless performances from Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans and a couple of real corgis scampering about, it is toothless.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
November 7th, 2023

“This right royal romp is uproariously funny but also gives a fascinating insight to the inner workings of that famous family. ‘Backstairs Billy’ is of course a fictionalised account of this particular relationship, but it feels so genuinely authentic you do feel like you’ve spent the evening in the company of a true Queen…and a lady named Elizabeth.”
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