Show: Betty Blue Eyes
Starring: Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith
Summary: are no longer available at the Novello. The show has either closed, moved theatre or gone on tour. Check our booking system for alternatives, otherwise visit our Novello page to find out what is now on there.
Belts are being tightened and the countrys long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. It is of course a Theatre Break set in 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called A Private Function, which centered around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British Theatre Break, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear Shes seventy four and ravenous; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig. With a simply marvellous cast of great British actors headed by Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith, Betty Blue Eyes is like no musical you will have ever seen but she is worth saving up for!
Performance Times: NOW CLOSED