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Betty Blue Eyes (Susan Elkin reviews)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Betty Blue Eyes was performed by Trinity Laban Musical Theatre students at Stratford Circus, London.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

Betty Blue Eyes is set in the post war austerity of 1947 at the time of Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Philip. Meat is severely rationed and people are pretty fed up. Then some local bigwigs secretly breed a pig named Betty for a party with pork… cue for some delightful music from George Stiles (don’t miss the reference to Crown Imperial and the moment when he weaves Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’ into the texture) and lots of fun trying to keep the whole piece in period.

The very best thing in this show is Rebecca d’Lacey as Joyce Chilvers (she alternates the role at other performances with Emily Harper), an upwardly mobile chiropodist’s wife …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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