Tea With The Old Queen

Guildhall Theatre

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Wed 7 Feb

Tickets: £13.25 More price information

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

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About the event

A funny, witty and poignant play revealing the eccentricities of our monarchy as recorded in the fictitious 'secret' diaries of William Tallon - Steward and Page of the Backstairs to the Queen Mother.

Backstairs Billy has seen and done it all…

Billy died a few years after the Queen Mother, taking with him his secrets - or so they thought! This hilarious comedy from award-winning writer Graham Woolnough, starring Ian Stark, was the toast of the Edinburgh Fringe and has been delighting audiences across the UK. 

Written, Directed and Produced by Graham Woolnough.

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Tea With The Old Queen

Wed 7 Feb 2018, 7:30pm


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"Director Graham Woolnough has created a touching and delightful 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 Backstage 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 ★★★