Posted by Becky
Opening at the Novello Theatre this week Betty Blue Eyes is the first original musical Cameron Mackintosh has produced in ten years. Famed for his involvement in hit shows such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, and Cats Mackintosh is one of the West Ends leading producers, with his company Delfont Mackintosh owning seven theatres across London.
Betty Blue Eyes is a Quintessentially British comedy, adapted from Alan Bennett’s award winning film ‘A Private Function’ the story is set in 1947 Yorkshire amidst the struggles of rationing and unemployment in Post-war Britain. With a Royal Wedding on the horizon rations are thrown out of the window as an illegal pig ‘Betty’ is brought in for local dignitaries to enjoy at a royal feast. With the pig stolen and a food inspector on the lookout the story is full of comedic twists and turns.
The £2.5million production opens in a social environment which in some ways parallels the setting of the story. With the nation concerned about the economic climate, rising unemployment and a wedding on the way Betty Blue Eyes cuts through the everyday strains of life to release a fresh new musical comedy into the world.
With an array of British talent in the film, including Maggie Smith and Michael Palin as Gilbert and Joyce Chilver, the musical has a lot to live up to. With Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith in the lead roles Betty Blue Eyes features a wealth of British talent. Plus with music by the renowned George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and directed by Laurence Olivier Award-winner Richard Eyre the show is a sure fire hit.
Will you be going to see Betty Blue Eyes? Do you think it reflects the current climate?