(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with Aldwych.
A brand new musical from the man who brought Les Misérables to the West End! Cameron Mackintosh’s Betty Blue Eyes arrives on the stage of the Novello Theatre in March 2011, complete with the star cast of Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith, whilst the renowned Richard Eyre takes on the role of director. Based on the 1980s movie A Private Function, originally starring Maggie Smith and Michael Palin, it will be a great opportunity for London theatre fans to experience a brand new production, which deals with a topic that will be much-talked-about in 2011 – a Royal Wedding.
With the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton taking place early in the year, Betty Blue Eyes could not have arrived in the West End at a better time. But it is a royal wedding between the prince’s grandparents that becomes the focus of this musical, with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip both tying the knot in 1947; five years before the former was crowned Queen Elizabeth II. We witness a celebration of the marriage in the musical, or a comedy farce as the case may be, as the organisers strive to get hold of a prize hog and go through some dodgy channels to acquire it.
Richard Eyre steps up to the mantle as director on the back of a career in television, film and theatre. For the screen he has been behind such television shows as Tumbledown, as well as movies such as the Judi Dench-starring Iris and the adaptation of Notes on a Scandal. For the stage he has previously worked for The National Theatre (where he was the Artistic Director) and put together the likes of Guys and Dolls for the venue, in addition to Hamlet at the Royal Court Theatre, Mary Poppins in the West End and, in 2007, The Reporter which saw him return to the National Theatre.
And those with theatre tickets will witness two well known performers of the screen in lead roles in the forms of Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith, the former best known for her work on Coronation Street and the latter as part of The League of Gentlemen. Lancashire previously appeared in a production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre whilst Shearsmith has been seen in the 2010-2011 production of Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Betty Blue Eyes appears at the Novello Theatre and begins its run on Friday 15th April 2011 (previews from Saturday 19th March 2011) and runs to Saturday 22nd October 2011.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 19th March 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th January 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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