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Betty Blue Eyes Set to Close Early at the Novello Theatre

Wednesday, 24th Aug 2011  

The Period Musical Will Be Closing in September Instead of January as Planned

“Betty Blue Eyes” has been one of the stand-out musicals to arrive in the West End in 2011, receiving positive reviews and a star cast that includes Reece Shearsmith and Sarah Lancashire. So it might come as a surprise to many people that the production is set to close its doors early at the Novello Theatre, with producer Cameron Mackintosh citing low audience attendance as the cause. As a result London theatre audiences will have until September 2011 to witness the acclaimed antics onstage.

“Betty Blue Eyes” takes audiences back to the 1940s with the focus being on the Royal Wedding of the decade between then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The show arrived when 2011’s wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton was in the headlines so it had plenty going for it. However, with that plot as the background the main story concerns a local community attempting to put on a big party to celebrate the occasion, with a prize pig their primary concern, which might have to be obtained from less-than-standard means.

In addition to the mentioned Shearsmith and Lancashire, the production also features David Bamber in a lead role alongside Ann Emery, Jack Edwards, Mark Meadows and Adrian Scarborough.

Reece Shearsmith is best known to audiences for his roles in television shows like “The League of Gentlemen” and “Psychoville” and was last seen in the West End early this year when he appeared in “Ghost Stories” at the Duke of York’s theatre. Sarah Lancashire, meanwhile, is best known for “Coronation Street” and has appeared in stage shows like “Guys and Dolls” at the Piccadilly Theatre.

The show is directed by Richard Eyre, another person who is known for a range of work on the stage and screen, from his work as Artistic Director of The National Theatre to other roles such as director of the movie “Iris”.

“Betty Blue Eyes” appeared in a year that also welcomes musicals like “Rock Of Ages”, “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Ghost The Musical”, among others.

It remains at the Novello Theatre until Saturday 24th September 2011.

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