Betty Blue Eyes Harrogate Operatic Players

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6th June 2017 to
10th June

Harrogate Theatre

Adapted from the hilarious film ‘A Private Function’ by Alan Bennett & Malcolm Mowbray– ‘Betty Blue Eyes is a thoroughly British musical with a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. It is of course 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called A Private Function, which centered around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is 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, Betty the pig.

Suitable for children 8+

Harrogate Operatic Players are proud to confirm that the Opening night of Betty Blue Eyes will be dedicated to their Charity of the Year Partner - Dementia Forward.

For every seat sold for the Tuesday night performance of Betty Blue Eyes - Harrogate Operatic Players will donate £1 of the value of the ticket to Dementia Forward.

This will be a glittering occasion with representatives from Dementia Forward and special guests.



Stalls/Circle £19.00
Balcony £17.00
Box seats 4 £70.00


Stalls/Circle £15.00
Balcony £13.00
Box Seats 4 £60.00

Groups of 10+ booked at the same time for the same performance £1 reduction per ticket.

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Venue Information

Harrogate Theatre
Box office
01423 502116
6 Oxford Street,
Show Dates and times

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017
Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Thursday, 08 June 2017
Friday, 09 June 2017
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Saturday, 10 June 2017