West End Musicals

Betty Blue Eyes Reviews - Novello Theatre

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Venue Information
Novello Theatre

Novello Theatre
5 Aldwych

Seating Plan


(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.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)


Latest Review: "Great night out, really lifted the spirits. Sorry to hear that its coming off. Would have thought..."

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    Saturday, 3rd Sep 2011 by benny125

Great night out, really lifted the spirits. Sorry to hear that its coming off. Would have thought that it would have played to packed houses over the Christmas season.

    Thursday, 28th Jul 2011 by Doreen

Enjoyed every minute could come and watch it again but we live to far away. A big thank you to all the cast for a wonderfull performance.

    Tuesday, 24th May 2011 by Boxoffice Review

It is so refreshing to have a new musical in the West End with original music and a story that celebrates everything that is quintessentially British.  Multi award winning producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has taken a huge risk with this new work based on the 1985 movie A PRIVATE FUNCTION, penned by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray.  The result is a hilarious musical romp featuring some brilliant one liners, catchy numbers, terrific choreography and a pig called BETTY!

Set in 1947 when post war rationing was at it’s height and the country was preparing for a Royal Wedding (Elizabeth and Phillip rather than Wills and Kate) Britain is feeling hungry in peace time.  Betty (a pig) is being illegally reared to become the main course at a banquet for local dignitaries to celebrate this auspicious occasion. 

However, not all of the citizens of the town are invited to partake in the celebrations - much to the chagrin of Joyce Chilvers (Sarah Lancashire) and her down-trodden husband Gilbert (Reece Shearsmith).  When Betty is kidnapped, the entire town is up in arms - what will they eat at their Private Function? Will Betty be slaughtered and eaten in secret?  Will she be caught by the meat inspector?  Or will the charm of her blue eyes prove too much for anyone to have the heart to kill her?

First of all, this musical is fun.  It doesn’t try to take itself too seriously and yet it deals with social issues and is set in a time which could easily be depicted as depressing.  It is also one of the best musical scores from a British Musical since Oliver!  Director Richard Eyre has pulled together a show that is at least as good as his stage version of Mary Poppins and Stephen Mear’s choreography ensures the stage bursts into life with infectious energy.

With excellent central performances from Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith and a terrifically camp performance from Olivier award winner Adrian Scarborough as meat Inspector Wormold, Betty Blue Eyes is a very British, very entertaining night in the Theatre.

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Show Information
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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