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Betty Blue Eyes

23 Jan - 27 Jan

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Betty Blue Eyes

23 Jan - 27 Jan 2024


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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.

It is 1947, war has ended but Britain’s long-suffering citizens are suffering under the burden of food rationing, high unemployment and the coldest winter for decades.

The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.  Enter Betty, an adorable pig who is being illegally reared to ensure local dignitaries of a small community in Yorkshire can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet whilst the local population make do with Spam.

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

On Sale:
24 Jul – Gold Friends, corporates and supporters
26 Jul – Friends and Best Friends
28 Jul – General

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


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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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