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BETTY BLUE EYES Musical in 2 acts: music by George Stiles; lyrics by Anthony Drewe; book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman based on the screenplay A Private Function by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray Novello Theatre, London - 13 April 2011, (previews from 19 March 2011) - season until October 2011 SYNOPSIS An utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold - an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – ‘She’s seventy four and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig. Betty Blue Eyes is set in 1947. Belts are being tightened, and government is telling the country there’ll be fair shares for all if they survive Austerity Britain. Meanwhile, local officials feather their own nests by taking more than their fair share. Having won the war, Britain seems to be losing the peace: the country is staggering under rationing, unemployment, and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. MUSICAL NUMBERS Act I 1. Overture (Austerity Britain) —The Orchestra 2. Fair Shares for All —Joyce, The Company 3. A Place on the Parade —Gilbert, Joyce 4. Magic Fingers —Gilbert, Mrs Roach, Mrs Lester, Mrs Turnbull 5. Magic Fingers (Reprise) —Mrs Metcalf, Gilbert 6. Painting by Heart —Wormwold, The Company 7. Nobody —Joyce, The Company 8. A Private Function —Swaby, Allardyce, Lockwood 9. Betty Blue Eyes —Allardyce, Gilbert 10. The Riot —Wormwold, Noble, The Company 11. Lionheart —Joyce, The Billy Carroll Trio, The Company 12. Steal the Pig —Gilbert, Joyce, Swaby, Allardyce, Lockwood, Wormwold, The Company Act II 13. Entr’acte (The Pignap) —The Orchestra 14. Another Little Victory —Gilbert, Joyce, The Company 15. Kill the Pig (Reprise) —Joyce 16. It’s an Ill Wind —Mrs Tilbrook, Townswomen 17. Pig No Pig —Joyce, Gilbert, Mother Dear, Wormwold, Veronica 18. The Kind of Man I Am —Gilbert 19. A Piss Stained, Piss Poor Country —Swaby, Allardyce, Lockwood, Noble 20. Betty Blue Eyes (Reprise) —Gilbert, Allardyce 21. A Private Function (Reprise) —The Company 22. Finale Ultimo - Confessions —The Company 23. Magic Fingers (Reprise) —Gilbert, Joyce 24. Goodbye Austerity Britain —The Company CAST • Joyce Chilvers • Gilbert Chilvers • Dr James Swaby • Henry Allardyce • Mother Dear • Francis Lockwood • Inspector Wormwold • Voice of Betty the Pig A Private Function upon which “Betty Blue Eyes” was based. DVD