Betty Blue Eyes musical at Novello from 19 March 2011


Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed that the new musical Betty Blue Eyes, will be at the Novello Theatre from 19 March 2011, directed by Richard Eyre.

Public Booking opens 29 Nov 2010.

It has book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, adapted from an original story by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray and the screenplay of ‘A Private Function’ by Alan Bennett. Music is by George Stiles and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe.

Cast includes Sarah Lancashire (Joyce), Reece Shearsmith (Gilbert), David Bamber (Swaby), Jack Edwards (Allardyce), Ann Emery (Mother Dear), Mark Meadows (Lockwood), Adrian Scarborough (Wormold).

Designed by Tim Hatley, lighting by Neil Austin , sound by Mick Potter.

A comedy musical set in 1947, the story concerns an upwardly mobile chiropodist and his wife. He and his wife are in immediete and austere post Britain.. The Second World War might been over over two years, but food rationing is still in place. Food rationing has made things worse than during the war itself. Within this hierarchy of a very small town, desperate times call for desperate measures. Particularly when it comes to trying to prepare a fine pork roast to celebrate the royal wedding. The chiropodist and his wife steal a pig in order to fatten her up for a banquet celebrating the impending wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. But the pig is not as co-operative as they want her to be.

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