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Betty Blue Eyes

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Closed September 24, 2011

Witty and delightful adaptation of the film A Private Function brings home the bacon.

Michael Billington

Why See Betty Blue Eyes?

It's 1947 - austerity Britain, belts are being tightened, fair shares for all, the coldest winter in decades and a royal wedding. Sound familiar?

Adapted from Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray's hilarious comic film 'A Private Function'; a tale that centres around Betty, an adorable pig who is being illegally reared to ensure that the local dignitaries can celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while everyone else makes do with Spam.

This utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, has a deliciously witty score by Stiles and Drewe and a marvellous cast of great British actors, headed by Sarah Lancashire as Joyce, Reece Shearsmith as Gilbert and, of course, Betty as Herself.

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Previews from: 19 March 2011

Opening night: 13 April 2011


Betty Blue Eyes the musical is suitable for audiences aged 5 and upwards.

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval.

And before you stop reading

Reece Shearsmith will be on holiday 29 August to 3 September. Sarah Lancashire will be on holiday 22 to 27 August, 29 September to 1 October 20 to 22 October, 17 to 19 November

Cast and Creative


Sarah Lancashire as Joyce Chivers
Reece Shearsmith as Gilbert Chivers
David Bamber as Swaby
Ian Conningham as Sergent Noble
Jack Edwards as Allardyce
Ann Emery as Mother Dear
Mark Meadows as Lockwood
Adrian Scarborough as Wormold


Directed by Richard Eyre
Based on Alan Bennet's A Private Function
Book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman
Music by George Stiles
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Choreographer, Stephen Mear
Designs by Tim Hatley
Lighting by Neil Austin
Sound design by Mick Potter
Musical director, Richard Beadle
Musical supervisor, Stephen Brooker
Orchestrations by William David Brohn

What you thought

39 reviews, average rating: (4.1 Stars)

4.0 star rating

Dave King: “Cracking opening night!”

Attended the very first performance on 19/3. What a cracking show! Great... more

Becki Robb: “MUST SEE!”

I am still in shock at how fantastic the show really was. The characters,... more

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