Shenfield Operatic Society to perform musical comedy Betty Blue Eyes at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 January 2018

Shenfield Operatic Society members Rachel Watson, Kerry Cooke, Kate Smith, Jess Pether, Suzanne Gunn, and Steph Ironmonger.

Shenfield Operatic Society members Rachel Watson, Kerry Cooke, Kate Smith, Jess Pether, Suzanne Gunn, and Steph Ironmonger.

Shenfield Operatic Society

A touching musical comedy centred around the excitement of a royal wedding during 1940s Britain is making its way to the borough.

A production of Betty Blue Eyes, which is based on the 1984 film A Private Function, will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, by members of the Shenfield Operatic Society (SOS) next month.

Publicity officer Suzanne Gunn said: “Betty Blue Eyes is considered by some to be a comedy with music, rather than a musical with comedy, and is a warm and emotional show with a little history of the time thrown in for good measure.

“It is a story about real people in a situation filled with temptation and more than just a little bit of comedy.”

In the show, the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment, and the coldest winter for decades.

But one small community can see a bright spark on the horizon - they are determined to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a banquet.

Alongside them, greedy councillors want to host their own celebration with more than just rationed spam and decide to illegally rear Betty the pig for the feast but will everyone get to enjoy the wedding and what will happen to Betty?

Suzanne says the society is looking forward to the performances, especially during a year when another royal wedding will be taking place.

She said: “We are delighted that our version of Betty Blue Eyes has been rehearsed during the year when Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary and will be performed in the year of another royal wedding, that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“While wishing them a very happy platinum anniversary, SOS invited Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh to come and watch the show, but sadly they had other commitments.

“They were extremely gracious in wishing us every success though and thanked us kindly for their invitation.”

Betty Blue Eyes will be performed at Queen’s Theatre from February 7-9.

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