Betty Blue Eyes

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Fri 14 March 2014
Sat 5 April 2014
2hrs 20mins including interval
£25 - £10 & discounts (£12 preview performances 14 and 15 March)
Mercury Theatre

Betty Blue Eyes received rave reviews when it premiered in the West End in 2011, picking up an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Musical. This updated production, directed by Daniel Buckroyd, marries Alan Bennett’s hilarious story with a wonderfully witty musical score that’s guaranteed to send you home with a spring in your step.

It’s fair shares for you all in Austerity Britain (1947-style)! But in the little town of Shepardsford, humble chiropodist Gilbert Chilvers is still struggling to bring home the bacon. The only light on the horizon is a private function to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Members of the Town Council are fattening up a highly illegal pig called Betty for a lavish banquet in honour of the royal couple – it’s going to be the social event of the season and Gilbert’s wife Joyce is determined that they should be invited. But when the longed-for invitation fails to materialise, the two of them resolve to do whatever it takes to get their fair share of the banquet’s illegal pork roast!

WIll Gilbert be able to pig-nap the porker destined for the royal banquet? Will provincial high society keep a ‘nobody’ like Joyce at the bottom of the pile? And will Gilbert’s dotty mother-in-law ever get to eat anything other than Spam?

Join Betty and friends for this laugh-out-loud, feel-good musical treat!


Daniel Buckroyd



Andrew Wright



Sara Perks



Mark Dymock

Lighting Designer


Adam McCready

Sound Designer


Anne Vosser

Casting Director


Mary Howland

Dialect Coach


Rebecca Louis

Assistant Choreographer


Richard Reeday

Musical Director

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