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Betty Blue Eyes is a porky charmer

It's rather more than A Private Function with songs.

Betty Blue Eyes.
Praise the pig.


A musical opening up of the 1984 movie A Private Function, 2011's Betty Blue Eyes brings the biting satire of Alan Bennett’s cinematic script to the stage in a musical that is caustic, touching and invigorating all at the same time.


Written for the stage by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, with music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, Betty Blue Eyes reflects the hypocrisy, frustrations and realities of the post-Second World War British class system. Staying close to A Private Function's plot, the musical follows the pignapping of an illicit porker, as it is prepared for a culinary feast in an austerity-stricken northern town organised to celebrate the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten.

As well as building upon the raucous comedy of A Private Function, Betty Blue Eyes adds a layer of pathos to the tale and a mediation on the suffering endured by the British public during and immediately after World War II.