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0001 - Betty Blue Eyes (2011)
Musique: George Stiles
Paroles: Anthony Drewe
Livret: Daniel Lipman • Ron Cowen
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Genèse: Betty Blue Eyes opened at the Novello Theatre in the West End, London, on April 13, 2011, following previews from March 19, in a production directed by Richard Eyre, with musical staging by Stephen Mear and design by Tim Hatley. The orchestrations were by William David Brohn. The cast consisted of Sarah Lancashire as Joyce Chilvers, Reece Shearsmith as Gilbert Chilvers, David Bamber as Doctor Swaby, Jack Edwards as Mr Allardyce, Ann Emery as Mother Dear, Mark Meadows as Lockwood and Adrian Scarborough as Inspector Wormold. Despite positive reviews the musical closed in London on September 24, 2011, after a run of just six months.

Résumé: In a small Northern town in 1947 the townsfolk are suffering from the continuing food rationing. Councillor Swaby and some similarly corrupt local businessmen plan to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with a lavish pork supper, and are illegally raising a pig for their “private function”, even though one of the men, Henry Allardyce, has found himself strangely attracted to the beautiful blue eyes of the pig herself. However, the pig is stolen by a local chiropodist, Gilbert Chilvers, encouraged by his socially ambitious wife Joyce, in protest against the Town Council’s refusal to grant him planning permission. Joyce’s confused and elderly Mother Dear, over-hearing talk of “killing the unmentionable” believes she is the intended victim of this murder. Meantime, a fanatical Inspector Wormold, from the Ministry of Food, is on the lookout for illegal pigbreeding, while Betty, the stolen pig, is hidden in the Chilvers’s bathroom, from where she emits great clouds of green methane gas.

Création: 13/4/2011 - Novello Theatre (Londres) - représ.