27 October 2023 - 27 January 2024

London UK WC2H 0DA Charing Cross Road

Backstairs Billy

Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles) and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers) star in Marcelo Dos Santos’ critically acclaimed new play Backstairs Billy, directed by Tony and Olivier award-winning director Michael Grandage.

by Marcelo Dos Santos

Directed by Michael Grandage

Book now for your last chance to see ‘Wilton and Evans reign supreme’ (Financial Times) in this hilarious story of the Queen Mother and her most loyal servant. Don’t miss the final weeks of this this ‘gleefully subversive comedy’ (Time Out) playing for a strictly limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 27 January.

1979. Inside Clarence House, The Queen Mother’s receptions are in full swing and the champagne is flowing. Guiding the proceedings is William ‘Billy’ Tallon, holder of the royal corgis and Her Majesty’s loyal servant.

Outside, strikes are bringing the country to its knees and Britain is on the verge of changing seismically under Margaret Thatcher. These two worlds are about to collide with dizzying consequences…

Backstairs Billy 27 October 2023 - 27 January 2024

Penelope Wilton

Queen Mother

Penelope Wilton plays the Queen Mother. For theatre, her work includes Taken at Midnight – Olivier Award for Best Actress (Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), A Delicate Balance, Heartbreak House (Almeida Theatre), Hamlet (Donmar West End), The Family Reunion, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard Award for Best Actress), John Gabriel Borkman, The Little Foxes, The Collection, The Lover, A Kind of Alaska (Donmar Warehouse) Women Beware Women (RSC), The House of Bernada Alba, Tess, The Secret Rapture, Betrayal (National Theatre), The Seagull (Barbican) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Young Vic). For television, her work includes Downtown Abbey (as series regular Isobel Crawley), as widower Anne in Ricky Gervais' award-winning After Life, Brief Encounters, South Riding, Margot, Doctor Who, The Passion, Half Broken Things, Five Days, Celebration, Falling, Lucky Jim, Bob and Rose, Victoria and Albert, The Whistle-Blower, Wives and Daughters, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Talking Heads, The Borrowers and Ever Decreasing Circles; and for film, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Zoo, The BFG, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Belle, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The History Boys, Pride and Prejudice, Match Point, Shaun of the Dead, Iris, Calendar Girls, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Carrington, The Secret Rapture, Blame it on the Bellboy, Cry Freedom, Clockwise, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and the Downton Abbey films.

Luke Evans


Luke Evans plays Billy. He returns to the stage for first time in over fifteen years. He previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Piaf and Small Change, under Grandage’s tenure as Artistic Director. For television, his work includes Echo 3, Nine Perfect Strangers, Pembrokeshire Murders, The Angel of Darkness, The Grand Tour, The Alienist, and The Great Train Robbery; and for film, Good Grief, Our Son, Pinocchio, Crisis, Murder Mystery, Angel of Mine, Midway, Anna, MA, State Like Sleep, 10 X 10, The Fate of the Furious, Beauty and the Beast, Professor Marston and The Wonder Woman, The Girl on the Train, Message from the King, Hugh Rise, Fast & Furious 7, Dracula Untold, The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit – There and Back Again, The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey, No One Lives, The Raven and The Three Musketeers.

Emily Barber

Annabel Maud/Lady Astlebury

Emily Barber plays Annabel Maud/Lady Astlebury. For theatre, her credits include The Cost of Living (Hampstead Theatre), Trouble in Mind (Theatre Royal Bath), Oedipus Rex (Royal Festival Hall), Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre), Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theater and UK tour), Billy Liar (Royal Exchange Theater), Cornelius (Finborough Theatre and 59e59, New York), and Orpheus and Eurydice (Old Vic Tunnels/NYT). For television, her work includes Bodies, Bridgerton, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, Call the Midwife, The Royals, and Endeavour; and for film, Backdraft, The Arrival and Burger.

Iwan Davies


Iwan Davies plays Gwydion. His theatre credits include The Corn is Green (National Theatre). For television, his work includes A Small Light, Anatomy of a Scandal, A Christmas Carol and Gwaith/Cartref.

Ian Drysdale


Ian Drysdale plays Kerr. His previous work for the Michael Grandage Company includes Red and Henry V.

His other theatre includes A Doll’s House Part 2 (Donmar Warehouse), The Mirror and The Light (RSC), The Visit, Network (National Theatre), The Night of the Iguana, All About Eve (Noël Coward Theatre), Richard III, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Oedipus (Nottingham and Liverpool Playhouses), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), and for Donmar West End Hamlet (also Denmark and Broadway), Twelfth Night and Ivanov. For television, his credits include Sitting in Limbo, Deep State, Harlots, Doc Martin, Atlantis, Suffragette, Southcliffe, Material Girl, The Verdict and Pulling; and for film, My Policeman, Supernova, Tulip Fever, Time’s Up, and Size Matters.

Ilan Galkoff

Young Billy

Ilan Galkoff plays Young Billy. His theatre work includes Leopoldstadt (Wyndham’s Theatre), Chess (ENO), The Secret Diary of Adrain Moles Aged 13¾ (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre), Bumblescratch (Adelphi Theatre), Welcome Home Captain Fox (Donmar Warehouse), Oresteia (Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), Elf the Musical (Dominion Theatre), Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium), and Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre). His television work includes Grace, We Were the Lucky Ones, Good Omens, Grandpa in My Pocket, Chickens, and Wizards vs Aliens; and for film, My Father’s Secrets, Hilda and Sofia the First.

Eloka Ivo


Eloka Ivo plays Ian. His theatre work includes Black Superhero (Royal Court Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Gods are Not to Blame (Almeida Theatre), The End of Eddy (BAM, New York), One Night in Miami (Bristol Old Vic/Nottingham Playhouse), The Son (Kiln Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Lyric Theatre) and Victoria’s Knickers (Soho Theatre). His television work includes Avenue 5; and for film, Four Mothers.

Michael Simkins

Mr Harrington-Bahr/Hugo McCoyd

Michael Simkins plays Mr Harrington-Bahr/Hugo McCoyd. For theatre, his West End credits include The Unfriend, Hay Fever, Yes Prime Minister, Donkeys' Years, Mary Stuart, The Old Masters, Democracy, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Richard III, Company, Burn This, Look Look, Henceforward, andThe Scarlet Pimpernel. His other theatre credits include for the National Theatre, King Lear, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, A View from the Bridge (also West End), and A Small Family Business; John Gabriel Borkman (Bridge Theatre), The Unfriend, Fracked! (Minerva, Chichester), Candida, (Orange Tree Theatre), Eden, The Argument, Loyalty (Hampstead Theatre), The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC), Dessert (Southwark Playhouse), and Good Canary (Rose Theatre). His television work includes Father Brown, This is Going to Hurt, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, Finding Alice, The Crown, Silent Witness, The Murders at White House Farm, Endeavour, Harlots, Grantchester, and Foyle's War; and Greed, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, The Iron Lady, V tor Vendetta, Topsy-Turvy. Simkins is also a best-selling author, whose books include What's My Motivation?, and the Costa shortlisted Fatty Batter.

Nicole Sloane

Mrs Harrington-Bahr/Lady Adeline

Nicole Sloane plays Mrs Harrington-Bahr-Lady Adeline. Her theatre work includes September in the Rain, Two Cities (Wiltshire Creative), GHBoy (Charing Cross Theatre), The Butterfly Lion, Strife, Way Upstream, The Gondoliers and The Waterbabies (Chichester Festival Theatre), Our Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird (Royal Exchange Manchester), Love in Idleness, A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End), London Road, 50th Anniversary Gala, Anything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre), Flowers for Mrs Harris, My Fair Lady and Me and My Girl (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Enter the Guardsman (Donmar Warehouse), and The Sound of Music, Acorn Antiques, Spend Spend Spend, Martin Guerre, Les Miserables and The Woman in Black (West End). For television, her work includes Maigret, Black Mirror, Home Fires, Call the Midwife, Parade’s End, Dancing on the Edge and Home Again; and for film, Red Joan, The Danish Girl, The Tale of Tales, London Road, Mr Turner, The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables, Broken and Season of the Witch.

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 www.mgcfutures.com.

Marcelo Dos Santos


Marcelo is an award-winning Latinx British-Brazilian-Australian writer. Backstairs Billy marks his West End debut.

Theatre includes: Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible is Going to Happen (Francesca Moody Productions at the Summerhall Edinburgh & Bush Theatre, winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award for Excellence in New Writing); Lionboy (adaptation for Complicité – UK tour & Broadway); Trigger Warning (Camden People’s Theatre); Lovers Walk (co-writer, Southwark Playhouse); The End of History (Soho Theatre/High Hearted Theatre at St Giles in the Fields); Cheer up this is only the beginning (co-writer, Liverpool & Everyman Playhouse); Play Without a Title (after Lorca – Oxford School of Drama at New Diorama); Open Plan (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama) and New Labour (RADA, directed by Richard Wilson).

He has been a writer on attachment at the National Theatre, the Bush Theatre, HighTide Festival Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre.

For screen, Marcelo is developing projects with major companies including Avalon TV, Mam Tor and Drama Republic.

Christopher Oram

Set and Costume Designer

Theatre includes: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Red (also Donmar Warehouse & Broadway), Photograph 51, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cripple of Inishmaan (also Broadway), Peter and Alice, Privates on Parade (all MGC/West End); Hughie (MGC/Broadway); Macbeth (Manchester International Festival & Park Avenue Armory, New York); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway); Frozen (Broadway); Company (Sheffield Crucible); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Streetcar Named Desire, Othello, Grand Hotel, World Music, King Lear, Passion, Parade, Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse); Hamlet, Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, Ivanov (Donmar West End); Man and Superman, Summerfolk, Danton’s Death, Stuff Happens, Power, The Marriage Play/Finding the Sun (National Theatre); Backbeat (Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre); Evita (Adelphi Theatre & Broadway), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre); King Lear/The Seagull (RSC & world tour); Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies (RSC, West End & Broadway); A Damsel in Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre); No’s Knife (The Old Vic); The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company/Garrick Theatre).

Opera includes: The Wreckers (HGO); Billy Budd (Glyndebourne & BAM); Marriage of Figaro (Glyndebourne & HGO); Madame Butterfly (HGO) and Don Giovanni (Met).
Ballet includes: Casanova (Northern Ballet).

Christopher is a recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critic’s Circle, Garland, Falstaff and Ovation awards for his work in both the UK and the USA.

Tom Rand

Costume Designer

Tom Rand began his career at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre after training at art school. On moving to London, he first worked at the Royal Court Theatre and then became assistant to Alan Tagg and Sophie Devine at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre. After some years of designing costumes for television commercials including the “Hovis Boy on the Bicycle”, just one of hundreds, his first feature film was the Ridley Scott film The Duellists for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award. For his second feature film, directed by Karel Reisz and starring Meryl Streep, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, he was nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar.

Subsequent films include: The Shooting Party, The Count of Monte Cristo, Princess Caraboo, Un Pont Entre Deux Rives directed by Gerard Depardieu and Young Toscanini directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Theatre includes: Elegy for Young Lovers directed by Keith Warner (Theater an der Wein, Vienna); Sondheim’s Passion (Montepuliciano Music Festival); Wild Swans (Young Vic & American Repertory Theater); Relative Values (West End); Medea with Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner (Dublin, London & world tour); Boston Marriage directed by Phyllida Lloyd; Quartermain’s Terms (West End); The Philadelphia Story with Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Ehle, directed by Jerry Zaks, Holiday directed by Lindsay Anderson (The Old Vic); An Ideal Husband, Moonstone, The Importance of Being Earnest (Manchester Royal Exchange); What the Butler Saw, Always, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women with Maggie Smith, directed by Karel Reisz and A Letter of Resignation (West End). He frequently worked with Harold Pinter, designing costumes for The Hothouse, Twelve Angry Men, Taking Sides and the world premiere of Ashes to Ashes, and sets and costumes for A Kind of Alaska directed by Karel Reisz, The Birthday Party, The Lover and The Collection.

Tom was proud to be represented in the recent Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which has since toured internationally in Australia, Europe and North America.

Ryan Day

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer

Ryan is a Lighting Designer for theatre, dance, opera, and fashion. With over a decade of experience, Ryan 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.  

Theatre credits include: Now, I See (Stratford East), The Lion Inside and The Boy at the Back of the Class (Rose Theatre & UK tour), Backstairs Billy (Duke of York's), Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre & UK tour), Never Have I Ever (Minerva Theatre - Chichester), Saving Face (Curve Leicester & The Place), War and Culture (New Diorama), Black Superhero (Royal Court), Local Hero (Co-Lighting Designer with Paule Constable, Minerva Theatre - Chichester), Wild Onion (Norwich Theatre Royal & UK tour), Lizard Boy (Hope Mill & Edinburgh Fringe), Mission and The Ballad of Corona V (The Big House), Christie Done It and Dr Faustess (Cockpit), Rabbit Hole (Union), I Know I Know I Know (Southwark Playhouse), Into the Woods and A Merchant of Venice (Playground).

As Associate/Assistant credits include:  The Rite of Spring (Sadler’s Wells & UK tour), Wickies (Park 200), The Lemon Table (Salisbury Playhouse & UK tour), Les Misérables and Les Misérables In Concert (Sondheim Theatre).

Adam Cork

Music and Sound Designer

Theatre includes: London Road (National Theatre – Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, Olivier Award nomination for Best Musical); Red (Donmar Warehouse & Broadway – Tony Award for Best Sound Design); King Lear (Donmar Warehouse – Olivier Award for Best Sound Design and Evening Standard Award for Best Design); Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse – Evening Standard Award for Best Design); Enron (Broadway & West End – Tony Award nomination for Best Score); Women, Beware the Devil (Almeida Theatre); The 47th (The Old Vic); The Shark is Broken (Ambassadors Theatre & Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); Leopoldstadt (Wyndham’s Theatre & Longacre, Broadway); The Hunt (Almeida Theatre); Ink (Almeida Theatre & Duke of York’s Theatre); Mosquitoes (National Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre); Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory, Apollo Theatre & American Airlines Theatre); No Man’s Land (Sheffield Lyceum & Wyndham’s Theatre); Richard III (Almeida Theatre); Les Blancs, Danton’s Death (National Theatre); Three Days In The Country, Phèdre (National Theatre); Hughie (Booth Theatre); Photograph 51, Henry V (Nöel Coward Theatre); Frost/Nixon (Palace Theatre); Hamlet (Donmar West End & Broadway); Ivanov (Donmar West End); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong/Gielgud Theatre); Richard II, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Chalk Garden, Othello, Creditors, The Wild Duck, Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); Don Carlos (Gielgud Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (RSC); Suddenly Last Summer (West End) and Paradise Lost (Headlong).

Film and Television includes: London Road (BBC Films/Cuba); Genius (Pinewood Films); The Hollow Crown: Richard II (Neal Street/NBC/BBC); Macbeth (BBC/Illuminations) and Frances Tuesday (ITV1).

Radio includes: Losing Rosalind, The Luneberg Variation (BBC Radio 4); The Colonel-Bird (BBC World Service); Don Carlos, Othello, On the Ceiling, The Chalk Garden (all BBC Radio 3).

Carole Hancock

Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Designer

Theatre includes: Patriots, The Night of the Iguana, A Christmas Carol (Nöel Coward Theatre); La Cage aux Folles, Once On This Island, 101 Dalmatians, Hansel & Gretel, On the Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); 4000 Miles, South Pacific (and UK tour), The Deep Blue Sea, Country Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre); Private Lives, BlueTown, Sweet Charity, Versailles (Donmar Warehouse); Orlando (Garrick Theatre); Jerusalem (Apollo Theatre); The Shark Is Broken (Ambassadors Theatre); (Chichester Festival Theatre & UK tour); Dusty - The Dusty Springfield Musical (UK tour); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End, Broadway, San Francisco, Melbourne, Hamburg, Toronto & Japan); One Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sunny Afternoon, Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Children, The Low Road, Love, Love, Love, In Basildon, Chicken Soup and Barley (Royal Court); Hamlet (Barbican); Wonder.land (National Theatre & Manchester International Festival); Women the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre); Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible); Handbagged (Tricycle Theatre & Vaudeville Theatre) and Pygmalion (UK tour).

Film and television includes: Warhorse, Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, Snow White and the Huntsman, Thor, Captain America and Game of Thrones.

Jacob Sparrow

Casting Director

Theatre includes: Hadestown (Lyric Theatre); Orlando (Garrick Theatre); Oklahoma! (Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre); As You Like It (Soho Place); The Good Person of Szechwan (ETT); Village Idiot (Nottingham Playhouse); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Leeds & Home, Manchester); Anna Karenina, Much Ado About Nothing (Sheffield Crucible); Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK tour); Jitney (The Old Vic/Headlong/Leeds Playhouse), Burn It Down (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Once On This Island, Carousel, Our Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Faith, Hope and Charity (National Theatre & European tours); You Bury Me (Bristol Old Vic); Black Love (Kiln Theatre); The Book Thief (Bolton Octagon); Wuthering Heights (Wise Children); Hungry (Soho Theatre); Perspectives (New Views); 2021 Roundabout Season (Paines Plough); City of Angels (Garrick Theatre); Hadestown, Pericles, Follies, Amadeus (National Theatre); LOVE (National Theatre and international tour and film) and Queer Season, Rutherford and Son, Faith Hope and Charity, Mr Gum, Downstate (National Theatre).

Jacob worked in the National Theatre Casting Department from 2015 to 2019 before becoming a freelance Casting Director.

Sophie Drake

Associate Director

Sophie Drake is a theatre director and dramaturg based in London. She has worked on large scale shows in the West End and at multiple venues across the UK.

As Director, theatre includes: Sea Wall (Turner Contemporary & International tour); Spread (Questor’s Theatre); The Society for New Cuisine (Dramaturg – Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe); Click Delete (King’s Head Theatre); I Lived for Art (The Guildhall, Salisbury); The Self Defence Class (Brighton Fringe); Spark (Arcola Theatre); Post (Old Red Lion); My Boys (Theatre503); Constellations (Hen & Chickens Theatre & Banham Theatre) and NSFW (Schonell Theatre).

As Assistant and Associate Director, theatre includes: Patriots (Nöel Coward Theatre & Almeida Theatre); Doctor Who: Time Fracture (Immersive Everywhere); Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, The Chalk Garden (Theatre Royal Windsor); God’s Dice (Soho Theatre); The Weatherman (Park Theatre); Notice (Arcola Theatre); Maggie May, Homos, or Everyone in America (Finborough Theatre); In Lipstick (Pleasance Theatre) and A Sticky Season (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Film includes: Hamlet.

Mary Charlton

Costume Supervisor

Theatre includes: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Red, Labour of Love (MGC); Gently Down The Stream, The Retreat (Park Theatre); Measure For Measure, Making Noise Quietly, Anna Christie, Luise Miller, Serenading Louie, The Man Who Had All the Luck, John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse); The Realistic Jones, Mrs Henderson Presents, Hayfever (Theatre Royal Bath & West End); Chess (Associate Costume Designer - Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen); The Jungle Book (Royal and Derngate & national tour); Caroline or Change, First Light, A Damsel in Distress, Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade, All On Her Own (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, Garrick Theatre); Once A Catholic (Tricycle Theatre); Macbeth (Manchester International Festival & Park Avenue Armory); Antony and Cleopatra (Chichester Festival Theatre & Liverpool Playhouse); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Chichester Festival Theatre & Theatre Royal Haymarket); Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse & national tour).

Opera includes: Billy Budd, Il Nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne) and The Turn of the Screw (Garsington Opera).

Mary was Studio Director for Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA (1996 – 2009), Senior Lecturer in Costume at Nottingham Trent University, and was awarded an MA (University of Brighton) in 2019.

Marcus Hall Props

Props Supervisor

Theatre includes: Pygmalion (The Old Vic); Two Strangers (Carry A Cake Across New York)(Kiln Theatre); The Little Big Things (@sohoplace); I Should Be So Lucky (UK tour); The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Curve & London Palladium); Crazy For You (Chichester Festival Theatre & Gillian Lynne Theatre); Sondheim’s Old Friends (Sondheim & Gielgud Theatres); & Juliet (London & Worldwide); Back to the Future (Manchester, Adelphi & Broadway); Frozen the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Mrs Doubtfire (Manchester & Shaftesbury Theatre); Operation Mincemeat (Fortune Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (UK tour & Australia); The Drifters Girl (Garrick Theatre & UK tour); A Little Life (Richmond & West End); Groundhog Day (The Old Vic); Shirley Valentine (Duke of York’s Theatre); Jerusalem (Apollo Theatre); Jersey Boys (Trafalgar Studios & UK tour); The Phantom of the Opera (His Majesty’s Theatre & UK tour); Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Hamilton (Victoria Palace); Tina The Musical (Aldwych Theatre & Worldwide); Mamma Mia! The Party (The O2); I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium); Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre); Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Art (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Barbican); Bedknobs and Broomsticks (UK tour); Dreamgirls (UK tour); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre); Into the Woods (Theatre Royal Bath); The Taxidermist’s Daughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre & Australia) and The Witches of Eastwick (Stockholm).

Television and other projects include: Gary Barlow – A Different Stage, The Great British Menu, The Shard Christmas Tree, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Fortnum & Mason.

Richard Ryder

Dialect and Voice Coach

Richard has worked in the voice departments of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He has an accent website and app for actors called The Accent Kit.

Theatre includes: Dear England, Jane Eyre, Waste, One Man Two Guvnors (UK tour); A Taste of Honey, National Theatre 50 Years On Stage, Home, Romeo and Juliet, This House, Port, Cocktail Sticks, Hymn (National Theatre); The Southbury Child, Allelujah!, A Christmas Carol, Book of Dust (Bridge Theatre); Greek, The Opera (Hannover Opera House); My Fair Lady (Cologne Opera House); Street Scene (Teatro Real, Madrid & Cologne Opera House); Richard III (Headlong/UK tour); Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre); The Moderate Soprano (Duke of York’s Theatre); Labour of Love (Nöel Coward Theatre); Desire Under The Elms (Sheffield Crucible) and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre).

Film includes: Allelujah, 6 Minutes to Midnight, Holmes and Watson, The Lady in the Van and Set Fire to the Stars.

Television includes: Black Cab, Concordia, Alex Rider, Hotel Portofino, Henpocalypse, Pennyworth, Riviera, Raised by Wolves, Rovers and Cradle to the Grave.


Kate West

Production Manager

Theatre includes: Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool (Wyndham’s Theatre); Assassins (Chichester Festival Theatre); Operation Mincemeat (Fortune Theatre); Aspects of Love (Lyric Theatre); Women, Beware the Devil (Almeida Theatre); The Unfriend (Criterion Theatre); As You Like It (@sohoplace); Orlando (Garrick Theatre); John Gabriel Borkman, Book of Dust, Bach and Sons, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Midsummer Night Dream, Alys Always, Allelujah!, My Name is Lucy Barton, Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre); The Blue Woman, Lohengrin (Royal Opera House); The Son (Duke of York’s Theatre); The Unfriend, 8 Hotels, The Meeting (Chichester Festival Theatre); Love and Other Acts of Violence, Blindness, Teenage Dick, Europe, Sweet Charity, St Nicholas, Sweat, Measure for Measure, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); Imperium (Gielgud Theatre); The Band (UK tour & Theatre Royal Haymarket); Common (National Theatre); 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible); The Caretaker (The Old Vic) and Hamlet (Barbican).

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Backstairs Billy - Voxpop


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"Penelope Wilton makes a marvellous Queen Mother in the best royal drama in a decade. Impeccably directed by Michael Grandage. Perfect."
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"Luke Evans delivers a performance that tilts between perfectionism and outrage"
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"A gift for all who admire superlative acting"
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"Real corgis. Acid putdowns. Full of delight."
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"A gleefully subversive comedy"
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"Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans are a sparkling double act"
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"Made me laugh more than any play this year"
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"Comic royal cocktail with a splash of spice"
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