Friday, July 27, 2012


New Release - BETTY BLUE EYES - The Musical

Based on the Alan Bennett film, “A Private Function,” Hal Leonard Australia is proud to announce the release of the West End musical –

BETTY BLUE EYES – A Musical Comedy!



Music by George Stiles
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman
Based on Alan Bennett's screenplay, A Private Function

Two Acts, Book Musical,

Cast: 2 females, 6 males, plus Ensemble.


Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called A Private Function, which centered around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam.

Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (HONK! and MARY POPPINS) have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result 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, spies and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig.


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, 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 marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.


The official trailer from Cameron Mackintosh's new musical comedy, BETTY BLUE EYES, based on the film A Private Function.

Enjoy these stunning performances, by checking out our Audio samples online, requesting to peruse a reference recording, or buying the Cast Recording CD – available through iTunes or from your local CD store.

To watch more clips or read some of the outstanding reviews from the West End premiere please visit the official Betty Blue Eyes website at:

Complete and return the Perusal Request Form or Apply Now!

We look forward to working with you on your next production.

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• Free Perusal Offer – only valid until 31st August 2012

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