Friday, November 19

Betty Blue Eyes Preview Date and Latest Casting News

Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed that his new musical Betty Blue Eyes starts previews at the Novello Theatre on 19th March 2011 with tickets going on sale on 29th November.

It stars Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith with other casting news to date including David Bamber (Swaby), Jack Edwards (Allardyce), Mark Meadows (Lockwood), Adrian Scarborough (Wormold) and Ann Emery (Mother Dear).

The opening of the musical centres on a Royal wedding which conveniently coincides with the real wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton which was announced earlier this week.

In a statement Cameron Mackintosh said: “Even though my recent productions of Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins and the new Les Mis have all had great success, Betty Blue Eyes is my first original musical in over ten years. As a long-time admirer of Alan Bennett’s wickedly funny screenplay for the film A Private Function, I immediately fell in love with this infectious and delicious musical treatment which has expanded on the original. It is an utterly British and suitably crackers musical and yet surprisingly was the idea of two American writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman – but you’d never know it! As we all face Austerity Britain and a Royal Wedding, Betty Blue Eyes proves that British pluck will make sure good times are just around the corner

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