Betty Blue Eyes is a 2011 stage musical comedy based on the 1984 film A Private Function. The film will feature music by George Stiles, with lyrics by Anthony Drewe.
Betty Blue Eyes is a 2011 stage musical comedy based on the 1984 film A Private Function. The film will feature music by George Stiles, with lyrics by Anthony Drewe. The book was written for the stage by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, adapted from Alan Bennett’s original screenplay. 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 of course 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace. 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 marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. This 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. Don’t forget about the star of the show Betty the pig!
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