Betty Blue Eyes

Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London

New musical Betty Blue Eyes is set at a time when belts are being tightened and the country’s 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 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 Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. 

Based on Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray’s comic film A Private Function, Betty Blue Eyes centres on a pig that is being illegally reared to allow local dignitaries to celebrate the regal nuptials in style while the local population makes do with spam.

A very British musical, Betty Blue Eyes is full of eccentric characters including an evangelical chiropodist, an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat and a collection of bullies, spivs and snobs.

The cast of Betty Blue Eyes is led by Sarah Lancashire, wh is best known for playing Raquel in Coronation Street, and Reece Shearsmith, co-writer and star of dark TV comedies The League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville.

For more about Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello theatre read the First Night Feature or the Big Interview with Adrian Scarborough.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Sarah Lancashire, Reece Shearsmith, David Bamber, Ian Conningham, Jack Edwards, Ann Emery, Mark Meadows, Adrian Scarborough, Rachael Archer, Victoria Hay, Claire Machin, James Barron, Kirsty Hoiles, Laura Medforth, Dan Burton, Chris Howell, Annalisa Rossi, Holly Dale-Spencer, Howard Jones, Hollie Taylor, Neil Ditt, Robert Kershaw, Gemma Wardle, Rebecca Louis, Andy Mace

author: Adapted from an original story by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray

director: Richard Eyre

music by: George Stiles

lyrics by: Anthony Drewe

book By: Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman

producer: Cameron Mackintosh

designer: Tim Hatley

choreographer: Stephen Mear

lighting designer: Neil Austin

sound: Mick Potter

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Musical
  • Duration: 2h30
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Novello Theatre
Aldwych, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 4LD

  • Nearest tube: Covent Garden (approx. 300m) Charing Cross (approx. 600m) Holborn (approx. 600m)
  • Nearest bus: 6, 13, 19, 77a
  • Nearest train: Charing Cross
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 0844 482 5137
  • Telephones: BT card phone in the Doubles Bar up 2 steps.
  • Discounts: Discounts available for disabled customers and their companions
  • Limited mobility: Only 10 steps to rear of Dress Circle.
  • Access description: 5 steps into the foyer through swing double doors. Box office on the left. To get to Stalls there are 20 steps. 10 steps up to Dress Circle seating. Staircases are highlighted and have handrails.
  • Hearing impaired: Infrared system in the auditorium
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, but cloakroom staff can look after them.
  • Wheelchairs: Separate access for wheelchair users off Catherine Street. 4 steps down inside the door. 2 spaces for wheelchair users in Box A. Venue not suitable for scooters. However, theatre provides transfer seats for 2 wheelchair/lightweight scooters in total per performance. Transfer seats are available at A32, A33, A10 and A11 in the Dress Circle (view better on right hand side). Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
  • Toilets: Men's and Women's toilets at Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle levels.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle
  • Bars: There are four licensed bars. Sam's Bar is situated behind the foyer down 7 steps although there is street access from Catherine Street via a ramp. The Shubert Bar is up 29 steps from the foyer. Ivor's Bar at the back of the stalls is down 2 steps and through the auditorium then a further 3 steps. The Waldorf Bar services the Grand Circle (up 17 steps) and Balcony (8 steps down).