In a small Northern town in 1947 the townsfolk are suffering from the continuing food rationing. Councillor Swaby and some similarly corrupt local businessmen plan to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with a lavish pork supper, and are illegally raising a pig for their “private function”, even though one of the men, Henry Allardyce, has found himself strangely attracted to the beautiful blue eyes of the pig herself. However, the pig is stolen by a local chiropodist, Gilbert Chilvers, encouraged by his socially ambitious wife Joyce, in protest against the Town Council’s refusal to grant him planning permission. Joyce’s confused and elderly Mother Dear, over-hearing talk of “killing the unmentionable” believes she is the intended victim of this murder. Meantime, a fanatical Inspector Wormold, from the Ministry of Food, is on the lookout for illegal pigbreeding, while Betty, the stolen pig, is hidden in the Chilvers’s bathroom, from where she emits great clouds of green methane gas.
Betty Blue Eyes has received much press in being producer Cameron Mackintosh's "first gleaming new musical in over 10 years."
When describing what drew him to the project (which he has described as "delicious"), Mackintosh said: "The score was written by friends of mine, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, whom I've known for 25 years and [who,] of course, did all the terrific new songs for Mary Poppins ... The book was written by two Americans [Cowen and Lipman], and it was their idea... I read it and I thought it was the most original piece I had read in a long, long time. I mean, I knew they were working on it, because the moment I heard it was a musical version of A Private Function — a film I loved, by Alan Bennett, which was very, very funny and off-the-wall — I was intrigued..."
Based on the screenplay “A Private Function” by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray, the book for this very English story was written by two Americans.
Betty Blue Eyes opened at the Novello Theatre in the West End, London, on April 13, 2011, following previews from March 19, in a production directed by Richard Eyre, with musical staging by Stephen Mear and design by Tim Hatley. The orchestrations were by William David Brohn. The cast consisted of Sarah Lancashire as Joyce Chilvers, Reece Shearsmith as Gilbert Chilvers, David Bamber as Doctor Swaby, Jack Edwards as Mr Allardyce, Ann Emery as Mother Dear, Mark Meadows as Lockwood and Adrian Scarborough as Inspector Wormold. Despite positive reviews the musical closed in London on September 24, 2011, after a run of just six months.
Overture (Austerity Britain) — The Orchestra
"Fair Shares for All" — Joyce, The Company
"A Place on the Parade" — Gilbert, Joyce
"Magic Fingers" — Gilbert, Mrs Roach, Mrs Lester, Mrs Turnbull
"Magic Fingers" (Reprise) — Mrs Metcalf, Gilbert
"Painting by Heart" — Wormold, The Company
"Nobody" — Joyce, The Company
"A Private Function" — Swaby, Allardyce, Lockwood
"Betty Blue Eyes" — Allardyce, Gilbert
"The Riot" — Wormold, Noble, The Company
"Lionheart" — Joyce, The Billy Carroll Trio, The Company
"Steal the Pig" — Gilbert, Joyce, Swaby, Allardyce, Lockwood, Wormold, The Company
Entr'acte (The Pignap) — The Orchestra
"Another Little Victory" — Gilbert, Joyce, The Company
"Kill the Pig" (Reprise) — Joyce
"It's an Ill Wind" — Mrs Tilbrook, Townswomen
"Pig No Pig" — Joyce, Gilbert, Mother Dear, Wormold, Veronica
"The Kind of Man I Am" — Gilbert
"Since The War" — Swaby, Allardyce, Lockwood, Noble
"Betty Blue Eyes" (Reprise) — Gilbert, Allardyce
"A Private Function" (Reprise) — The Company
"Finale Ultimo" - Confessions — The Company
"Magic Fingers" (Reprise) — Gilbert, Joyce
"Goodbye Austerity Britain" — The Company
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Betty Blue Eyes (2011-04-Novello Theatre-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Novello Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 19 mars 2011Première : mercredi 13 avril 2011Dernière : samedi 24 septembre 2011Mise en scène : Richard Eyre • Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear • Producteur : Avec : Sarah Lancashire (Joyce Chilvers), Reece Shearsmith (Gilbert Chilvers), Ann Emery (Mother Dear), Adrian Scarborough (Inspector Wormold), David Bamber (Dr Swaby), Jack Edwards (Henry Allardyce), Mark Meadows (Francis Lockwood), Annalisa Rossi (Princess Elizabeth), Dan Burton (Prince Phillip), Clare Machin, Laura Medforth, Gemma Wardle, Hollie TaylorCommentaires : With an absolute top-drawer cast and production team, and with a superb animatronic pig (voiced by none less than Kylie Minogue) this was a perfectly timed show set in 1947 austerity Britain at the time of a Royal Wedding ... thus echoing 2011 Britain in a deep recession with the forthcoming Royal Wedding of William and Katharine.Commentaires longs: It began previews on March 19th, which included a gala charity performance in aid of the Grenadier Guards and in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh. It was reported that the Prince and the attending guardsmen all laughed heartily throughout the show. With just a few dissenting voices, the show received mostly very good notices praising the excellent performances, memorable score and excellent choreography. However, it simply failed to catch on with the public and was taken off on September 24th.Presse : "Superbly endearing and entertaining show"
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph
"It's a production with heart and an unusual mix of gentleness and naughtiness."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standrad
"Musicals these days are constantly being based on movies. But this witty and delightful adaptation of the 1984 film A Private Function strikes me as better than the original."
Michael Billington for The Guardian
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