old queen

This hilarious one man show starring Ian Stark is based upon the fictitious ‘secret’ diaries of ‘old queen’ William Tallon, one – time Steward and Page of the Backstairs to HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. During 40 years of service Billy, with discretion and diplomacy tidied up every little Royal mishap. He played Dame in the Christmas Panto, danced with ‘Her Maj’ and even sprayed air freshener whenever Prince Philip ‘let one off’.

With a superb script and faultless acting we hear all the secrets – Princess Anne refusing to stop smoking indoors – even after the fire at Windsor, ‘Her Maj’ welcoming Chinese Ambassadors Mr Woo and Mr Wang, and the visit by Tony and Cherie Blair when a salt shaker went missing!

Written, Directed and produced by Graham Woolnough

“Director Graham Woolnough has created a delightful and touching production and Ian Stark should become a national treasure. This is one invitation to tea you should certainly accept” – BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE *****

“The script is superb, the acting faultless and a very happy audience rolled along lovingly as Billy spilled the beans” – REMOTE GOAT *****

“A theatrical treat for those with any political disposition…..Ian Stark’s Backstairs Billy pinpoints the highs and lows of a career serving the Queen Mother Tea with the old Queen is compellingly outrageous and significant” – BROADWAY BABY ****

“A clever and well-structured script, professionally performed…an opulently furnished set….a noble piece of tittle-tattle. Cheers!” – THREE WEEKS EDINBURGH ****

“Ian Stark’s performance is constantly engaging ….the writing is lively…Woolnough who also directed the show, provides plenty of wit and Stark’s energetic flare ensures it is never a chore to sit through… amusing and well delivered” – LONDON EVENING STANDARD ***

Show Times



£18.00 and £16.00 concessions.