Backstairs Billy

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1979. Clarence House, London. The Queen Mother's receptions are in full swing and the champagne is flowing. Guiding the proceedings is William 'Billy' Tallon, page of the backstairs, keeper of the keys, holder of the royal corgis and the royal secrets.

Outside the palace walls, unemployment, inflation and industrial action are bringing Britain to its knees, and the country is on the verge of changing seismically under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. These two worlds are about to collide, with dizzying consequences for everyone...

Backstairs Billy examines the fifty-year relationship between the Queen Mother and her most loyal, most outrageous servant, who joined her household at the age of fifteen. Marcelo Dos Santos's irreverent comedy was first produced by the Michael Grandage Company at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, in 2023.

PublisherNick Hern Books
CategoryFull Length Play
AuthorMarcelo Dos Santos
Music Byn/a
Adapted Byn/a
Based Onn/a
Period Set In1979
SetGarden Room, Clarence House
Performed ByReading Group Adults
Royalty PlayNick Hern Books
Reading GroupYes
Sale Price$35.00 (excl. GST and postage)
Our reference79330

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