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Betty Blue Eyes

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It’s 1947, and the war is over. But the steel claws of food rationing still grip Britain, and Spam is the king of the dinner table. Soon, Princess Elizabeth will marry Prince Philip – a royal wedding to give the people a chance to celebrate.

And in a small Yorkshire village, a daring plan hatches.

They will raise a pig named Betty, destined to become the centrepiece of a feast fit for a local dignitary. But between them and their celebratory pork roast stands a formidable obstacle: Inspector Wilkins, a man whose nose for sniffing out contraband is as sharp as his dedication to the rationing laws. 

Will he blow the whistle on their porcine plot? Cue hilarious hijinks, retro revelry and a toe-tapping score!

Betty Blue Eyes is a hilarious and touching musical comedy, based on the 1984 Alan Bennett film ‘A Private Function’ with Michael Palin and Dame Maggie Smith as a Yorkshire couple struggling to make ends meet just after the war.

Brilliantly adapted for the stage and with a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary Stiles and Drewe score, the result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, and of course, our star, Betty the pig!

Betty Blue Eyes premiered in the West End in 2011, starring award winning actress Sarah Lancashire, and received nominations for ‘Best New Musical’ in the Laurence Olivier Awards, The Evening Standard Awards and the Awards.

The Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society is thrilled to be bringing this feel-good musical to the stage in January 2024, with direction and choreography by Chris Cuming. (Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music, Made in Dagenham, Guys and Dolls, Top Hat)

This is an amateur production by arrangement with MTI Europe and produced by The Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society. NNOS.CO.UK

Important information

Ticket prices: £10 - £31

Friends – 5% Off Bands A-D
Best Friends and Gold Friends – 10% Off Bands A-D
NNOS WI Groups– 10% Off  – Tue, Wed evening and Thu Matinee
Groups – 20+ 10% Off, 40+ 20% Off, 80+ 25% Off


Prelude Restaurant

Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!




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