BETTY BLUE EYES

Friargate Theatre, York

"Witty, rude, lovable, warm, dramatic, hilarious", "popular entertainment at its very best" – Stiles and Drewe's musical version of the Alan Bennett film A Private Function received rave reviews when it opened in London's West End in 2011.

 

It's 1947 – post-war Britain is in the grip of recession and rationing – and the bigwigs of Ilkley are secretly fattening up a pig for a private function to celebrate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.  Mild-mannered chiropodist Gilbert and his social-climbing wife Joyce are not invited, but when Gilbert stumbles across the pig – Betty Blue Eyes – Joyce hits on the idea of stealing it as revenge.

 

Betty Blue Eyes is based on the 1984 Handmade Films comedy starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. American screenwriters Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman loved it and proposed turning it into a musical. When they approached Stephen Schwartz, the creator of Wicked, he told them the project was perfect for English musical-writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

 

Pick Me Up staged a lavish production of Stiles and Drewe's Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure at the Grand Opera House, York, in 2013. The more intimate Friargate Theatre, just around the corner, is the perfect setting for this charming, laugh-out-loud, tune-packed show.

 

Toni Feetenby (the Baker's Wife in Pick Me Up's Into The Woods) plays Joyce, Adam Sowter (school teacher Mark in Our Day Out) is Gilbert, and Louise Leaf is Mother Dear, the role played by the wonderful Liz Smith in the original film directed by Malcolm Mowbray.

February 5-13 2016

CREATIVES

Music  by

George Stiles

 

Lyrics by

Anthony Drewe

 

Book by

Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman

 

Based on

A Private Function by

Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray

 

Director and Designer

Robert Readman

 

Musical Director

Barbara Chan

 

Keyboard

Sam Johnson

 

Choreography

Stefani Lyons and Robert Readman

 

Lighting

Adam Moore

 

Betty design and construction

Elanor Dunn

 

Hair and Make-Up

Emma Godivala

Cherylene Grivon

Abbie Oxley

 

 

 

 

Joyce Chilvers

Toni Feetenby

 

Gilbert Chilvers

Adam Sowter

 

Mother Dear

Louise Leaf

 

Veronica

Katy Metheringham/Ruby Johnson

 

Mr Lockwood

Neil Foster

 

Mrs Allardyce/Mrs Lockwood

Julie Fisher

 

Mrs Metcalf/Mrs Tillbrook/

Kitt

Susannah Baines

 

Mrs Lester/Girl Trio

Claire Pulpher

 

Soldier/Barman/

Mr Barraclough/Policeman

Matthew Kitchen

 

Mr Metcalf/Mr Cunliffe

Martyn Hunter

 

Mr Wormold

Mark Hird

 

Mrs Turnbull/Girl Trio/Princess Elizabeth

Vicki Lightfoot-Smith

 

Betty Puppeteer/Girl Trio/Wartime Jiver

Elanor Dunn

 

Mr Allardyce

Chris Speight

 

Dr Swaby

Craig Kirby

 

Sergeant Noble/Reg Bowen/Mr Attlee/Housewife

David Todd

 

Mrs Roach/Mrs Sutcliffe

Jeanette Hunter

 

Mr Nuttall/Housewife

Bill Laverick

 

Mr Sutcliffe/Policeman/ Prince Philip/Housewife

Jonny Holbek

 

CAST