Saturday, February 19

Sarah Lancashire excited about meeting Betty Blue Eyes

As previous mentioned, the animatronic pig Betty Blue Eyes was flown in from Australia yesterday.  Sarah Lancashire was talking about the new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes on the Graham Norton Show on Radio 2 this morning and said she was very excited as she was meeting her for the first time this afternoon.

She said Alan Bennett’s story “A Private Function” had been expanded for the stage and contained some rather marvellous British eccentric characters. The show is currently in rehearsal and previews next month opening on 14th April which is very timely because it is all about a Royal Wedding and opens just before the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton 

Graham Norton previewed one of her numbers “Nobody” which she described as a little bit of “Broadway in Yorkshire” from the show which she belts out and you can imagine her acting the part while she is singing it.

She went on to say it is very much an ensemble piece with some great numbers from Stiles & Drewe, with the director Richard Eyre certainly getting the best out of the cast who are mainly straight actors and not musical theatre performers.

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