Backstairs Billy 27 October 2023 - 27 January 2024


Penelope Wilton - Queen Mother
Luke Evans - Billy
Emily Barber - Annabel Maud/Lady Astlebury
Iwan Davies - Gwydion
Ian Drysdale - Kerr
Ilan Galkoff - Young Billy
Eloka Ivo - Ian
Michael Simkins - Mr Harrington-Bahr/Hugo McCoyd
Nicola Sloane - Mrs Harrington-Bahr/Lady Adeline


Christopher Oram - Set Designer
Christopher Oram and Tom Rand - Costume Designers
Adam Cork - Music and Sound Designer
Carole Hancock - Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Designer
Jacob Sparrow - Casting Director
Sophie Drake - Associate Director
Mary Charlton - Costume Supervisor

Michael Grandage


Artistic Director

Michael Grandage is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company (MGC) where he has directed numerous productions in the West End and on Broadway including Emma Corrin in Orlando, Forest Whitaker in Hughie, Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51, Jude Law in Henry V, Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Judi Dench & Ben Whishaw in Peter and Alice. Also for MGC, he has directed the feature films Genius with Colin Firth and more recently My Policeman with Harry Styles.

His Opera work includes Madama Butterfly for Houston Grand Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera, Le Nozzi de Figaro for Glyndbourne and Houston, Don Giovanni for the Met and this new San Francisco production of Billy Budd, which has also been seen at Glyndbourne and BAM in New York.

He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Sheffield Theatres (2000-2005) where his work included Chiwetel Ejiofor in Othello, Frank Langella and Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon, Derek Jacobi in King Lear, Eddie Redmayne and Alfred Molina in Red (Tony Award for Best Director), Jude Law in Hamlet and Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov. He won three Olivier Awards for his musical productions of Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along and Grand Hotel. He is currently also the director of Disney's Frozen in the West End.

He was President of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 2010 to 2022. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2011. His book, A Decade At The Donmar, was published by Constable & Robins in 2012. His charity, set up to help young theatre makers, can be found at

Ryan Day

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer

Ryan is a Lighting Designer for theatre, dance, opera, and fashion. He enjoys working in close collaboration with the creative team, introducing and containing positive working relationships. He studied Theatre Lighting Design at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  

Recent Credits Include: Never Have I Ever (Minerva Theatre - Chichester) Carmen (Waterperry Opera),  Superhero (Royal Court), Local Hero (Co-Lighting Designer with Paule Constable, Minerva - Chichester), Wild Onion (Norwich Theatre Royal/UK Tour), Lizard Boy (Hope Mill & Edinburgh Fringe), Mission, The Ballad of Corona V (The Big House), Christie Done It, Dr Faustess (Cockpit), Rabbit Hole, Darknet (Union), I Know I Know I Know (Southwark Playhouse), A Merchant of Venice (Playground Theatre), Ghost House (Vaults), Urinetown (Embassy),  Attempts on Her Life (Drayton Arms), The Bexliest Day of our Lives (Exchange Erith), Primary Steps Recital (Royal Ballet School), Anatomy of a Suicide (Webber Douglas Studio). 

Associate/Assistant Credits Include:  The Rite of Spring (Sadler’s Wells/UK Tour), Wickies (Park 200), The Lemon Table (Salisbury Playhouse/UK Tour), Les MisérablesLes Misérables In Concert (Sondheim Theatre), Palmer Harding Fashion Show (Goodenough College). 

Upcoming: Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour)