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BETTY BLUE EYES

 

Betty Blue EyesThe new musical Betty Blue Eyes has been written by Cameron Mackintosh protégés George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk!, Just So) and is based on Alan Bennett’s screenplay A Private Function.

The original 1984 film starred Michael Palin and Maggie Smith.  It is set in a small Northern town in 1947 shortly after the Second World War, where rationing is still very much in evidence and a group of local businessmen plan to hold a party to celebrate the forthcoming royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip.

They decide to illegally raise a pig (Betty Blue Eyes) for the occasion, but  hen-pecked chiropodist Gilbert Chilvers (Reece Shearsmith) and his wife Joyce (played by Sarah Lancashire) have other plans and decide to steal the pig. Meanwhile a food inspector is determined to stick to the rules regarding food rationing.

Ann Emery who played Billy’s gran in the musical Billy Elliott is playing Mother Dear with David Bamber (Swaby), Jack Edwards (Allardyce), Mark Meadows (Lockwood) and Adrian Scarborough (Wormold).

They are joined by Ian Conningham, Claire Machin, Kirsty Hoiles, Annalisa Rossi, Rachael Archer, Laura Medforth, Andy Mace, Gemma Wardle, James Barron, Dan Burton, Neil Ditt, Chris Howell, Hollie Taylor, Howard Jones, Holly Dale Spencer, Veronica Hay and Rebecca Louis.

Betty Blue Eyes is directed by Richard Eyre and choreographed by Stephen Mear. The show is based on a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, with music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe.

THIS PRODUCTION CLOSED ON SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2011

HOW TO GET TO BETTY BLUE EYES

Novello Theatre
5 Aldwych ,
London, WC2B 4LD

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underground

Tube : Covent Garden (approx 300 metres) Charing Cross & Holborn (both approx 600 metres) Train: Charing Cross (approx 600 metres)

buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
6, 19, 13 and 77a stop outside the theatre with more buses serving the Strand
nearest car park

NCP Drury Lane.


DISABLED ACCESS TO BETTY BLUE EYES

Infrared system in the auditorium, and reinstating loop system in the Box Office.
Guide dogs are not allowed into auditorium, but staff are happy to dog-sit.
Separate access for wheelchair users off Catherine Street. Venue not suitable for scooters. Theatre provides transfer seats for one wheelchair in total per performance. Transfer seats are available at A23 and A24 in the Dress Circle. Wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion. Customers who can't transfer from their wheelchair can use Dress Circle AA 10-11.
Disabled access lavatory at Dress Circle level with street access from Catherine Street.