Full Cast Announced for Cameron Mackintosh's Betty Blue Eyes; Previews Begin in March

News   Full Cast Announced for Cameron Mackintosh's Betty Blue Eyes; Previews Begin in March
Full casting has been announced for Betty Blue Eyes, a new musical produced by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the film "A Private Function," that begins performances March 19 prior to an official opening April 13.

Adrian Scarborough
Adrian Scarborough

Joining the previously announced Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith in principal roles are Adrian Scarborough, David Bamber, Jack Edwards, Ann Emery and Mark Meadows. The company also includes Rachael Archer, James Barron, Dan Burton, Ian Conningham, Holly Dale-Spencer, Neil Ditt, Victoria Hay, Kirsty Hoiles, Chris Howell, Howard Jones, Robert Kershaw, Rebecca Louis, Andy Mace, Claire Machin, Laura Medforth, Annalisa Rossi, Hollie Taylor and Gemma Wardle.

Adrian Scarborough, who will play Wormold, was most recently seen on stage at the National Theatre in After the Dance and The Habit of Art. He can currently be seen in the film "The King's Speech." TV credits include "Upstairs Downstairs," "Gavin and Stacey" and "Miranda."

David Bamber, who will play Swaby, last appeared on the London stage in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular at the Garrick. He won an Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in My Night with Reg. He is also featured in "The King's Speech" and recently also palyed Adolph Hitler in "Valkyrie."

Jack Edwards, who will play Allardyce, was most recently seen in Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; other West End theatre credits include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Ann Emery, who will play Mother Dear, has just completed a five-and-a-half-year run as the original Grandma in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace. Other credits include the original cast of Cats. Mark Meadows, who will play Lockwood, recently appeared in Mary Poppins; other stage credits include The Three Musketeers, High Society and White Christmas.

"A Private Function," scripted by Alan Bennett, 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 now adapted and expanded this story for the stage, and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (currently represented on Broadway by their additional songs for Mary Poppins) have written the score.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5170 or visit www.bettyblueeyesthemusical.com.

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