Betty Blue EyesDuration 2h30

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

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 & Creatives

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
Adapted from an original story by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray
Richard Eyre
Music by
George Stiles
Lyrics by
Anthony Drewe
Book by
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman
Cameron Mackintosh
Stephen Mear
Lighting Designer
Neil Austin
Mick Potter

Novello Theatre

Aldwych, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 4LD
0844 482 5115 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Covent Garden (approx. 300m) Charing Cross (approx. 600m) Holborn (approx. 600m)
Nearest bus
6, 13, 19, 77a
Nearest train
Charing Cross

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This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 482 5137 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
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.
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.
Men's and Women's toilets at Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle levels.
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle
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).
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens