About this production
Betty Blue Eyes is the musical comedy based on the 1984 film ‘A Private Function’ starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. The story, written by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray, was adapted for the stage by Ron Conwen and Daniel Lipman and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
Betty Blue Eyes is set in Yorkshire in 1947. Belts are being tightened, and government is telling the country there’ll be fair shares for all if they survive Austerity Britain. Meanwhile, local officials feather their own nests by taking more than their fair share. Having won the war, Britain seems to be losing the peace: the country is staggering under rationing, unemployment, and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Betty Blue eyes is an utterly British musical, 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 – ‘She’s seventy four and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig, who steals the show!
Eagle Award Nominations:
‘Best Production of a Musical”
‘The Brian Glazebrook Award for Outstanding Achievement Award’ for ‘Betty the Pig’