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Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Backstairs Billy @ Duke of York's Theatre...

Last Friday night Stuart and I went to see the farce that is Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York's Theatre in London glitzy West End.
Set in 1979, the action all takes place in Clarence House and tells the story of the 50-year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.
Directed by Michael Grandage the piece stars Penelope Wilton as the unwanted, uninvited and frequently bored, frustrated and irrelevant Queen Mother. Luke Evans plays Billy as a suave, charming, fervently royalist and eager to please - which let's face it was the role he was born to play. 
As to how much of the play is real when Billy’s real-life partner Reginald Wilcock is nowhere to be seen in the cast list is anyone's guess. But farce rarely needs fidelity.
If you like your pantomime very gay, this is the show for you. Oh and there are real-life corgis too!
( Not too harsh, Wayne? :-) ) 


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