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Betty Blue Eyes

Genre Comedy/Satire; Drama; Romance
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Composer George Stiles
Lyricist Anthony Drewe
Book By Ron Cowen; Daniel Lipman
 
Other Credits Based on Alan Bennett's screenplay "A Private Function"
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Restricted: This work is currently unavailable for amateur licensing in Australia & New Zealand. Please refer back to this website for updated information.
Version Original London Version

Short Synopsis

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.

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 centred 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 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, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig.

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

JOYCE CHILVERS

GILBERT CHILVERS

DR JAMES SWABY

HENRY ALLARDYCE

MOTHER DEAR

FRANCIS LOCKWOOD

INSPECTOR WORMOLD

SERGEANT NOBLE/VOICE OF MOVIETONE

MRS METCALF/BILLY CARROLL’S TRIO

MRS ALLARDYCE

VERONICA

MRS ROACH/KITT/PRINCESS ELIZABETH

BARRACLOUGH/PRINCE PHILIP

MRS TURNBULL/MRS TILLBROOK

REG BOWEN HANDYMAN

MRS LOCKWOOD/BILLY CARROLL’S TRIO

MRS LESTER/BILLY CARROLL’S TRIO

FARMER SUTCLIFFE/ARTHUR CUNLIFFE

NUTTALL

THE VOICE OF BETTY

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$575.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$144.00 – per month

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$357.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$123.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

16% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$285.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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