Reece Shearsmith
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Reece Shearsmith
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Full casting has been announced for the new musical Betty Blue Eyes, which will begin performances at the West End's Novello Theatre on March 19, according to a report on Whatsonstage.com. Richard Eyre will direct, with choreography by Stephen Mear and design by Tim Hatley.

The show is based on Alan Bennett's film A Private Function and features a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

The movie is set in a Yorkshire village after the Second World War, where the locals hope to celebrate the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in style by slaughtering an illegally raised pig. Chaos ensues when the pig is stolen and a food inspector arrives, determined to stop activities circumventing the food rationing.

The show will star Sarah Lancashire (Joyce), Reece Shearsmith (Gilbert), David Bamber (Swaby), Jack Edwards (Allardyce), Mark Meadows (Lockwood), Adrian Scarborough (Wormold) and Ann Emery (Mother Dear), along with Ian Conningham, Claire Machin, Kirsty Hoiles, Annalisa Rossi, Rachael Archer, Laura Medforth, Andy Mace, Gemma Wardle, James Barron, Dan Burton, Neil Ditt, Chris Howell, Hollie Taylor, Howard Jones, Holly Dale Spencer, Veronica Hay and Rebecca Louis.

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