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Betty Blue Eyes

14 Mar - 5 Apr
  • 2hrs 20mins including interval
  • £25 - £10 & discounts (£12 preview performances 14 and 15 March)
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Audio Described with Touch Tour
  • Captioned

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!

Mercury Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CO1 1PT

01206 573948

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Cast
Amy Booth Steel
Amy Booth Steel
Joyce Chilvers
Haydn Oakley
Haydn Oakley
Gilbert Chilvers
Sally Mates
Sally Mates
Mother Dear
Laura Baldwin
Laura Baldwin
Veronica/Ensemble
Adam C Booth
Adam C Booth
Mr Lockwood/Mr Barraclough/Ensemble
Ricky Butt
Ricky Butt
Mrs Allardyce/Mrs Tillbrook/Ensemble
Rebecca Louis
Rebecca Louis
Mrs Metcalf/Ensemble
Kate Robson-Stuart
Kate Robson-Stuart
Mrs Lester/Princess Elizabeth/Ensemble and Violin
Oliver Izod
Oliver Izod
BBC Announcer/Mr Nuttall/Ensemble and Accordion/Violin
Joe Maxwell
Joe Maxwell
Mr Metcalf/Prince Phillip/Mr Cuncliffe/Ensemble
Tobias Beer
Tobias Beer
Mr Wormold/Ensemble and Violin
Jenni Bowden
Jenni Bowden
Mrs Turnbull/Mrs Cuncliffe/Ensemble and Clarinet/Saxophone
Rachel Knowles
Rachel Knowles
Mrs Lockwood/Mrs Roach/Ensemble and Trumpet
Lauren Logan
Lauren Logan
Kit, Betty Puppeteer/Ensemble
Matt Harrop
Matt Harrop
Mr Allardyce/Ensemble
Kit Benjamin
Kit Benjamin
Dr Swaby/Ensemble and Violin
Anthony Ray
Anthony Ray
Mr Atlee/Sergeant Noble/Reg Bowen/Mr Sutcliffe/Ensemble
Richard Reeday
Richard Reeday
Musical Director/Piano
James Newton
James Newton
Drums/Percussion
Alex Smith
Alex Smith
Trumpet/Cornet/Horn
Sandy Suchodolski
Sandy Suchodolski
Double Bass
Creatives
Daniel Buckroyd
Daniel Buckroyd
Director
Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright
Choreographer
Sara Perks
Sara Perks
Designer
Mark Dymock
Mark Dymock
Lighting Designer
Adam McCready
Adam McCready
Sound Designer
Anne Vosser
Anne Vosser
Casting Director
Mary Howland
Mary Howland
Dialect Coach
Rebecca Louis
Rebecca Louis
Assistant Choreographer
Richard Reeday
Richard Reeday
Musical Director
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