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Friend or Foe – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

FriendorFoe

Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray   By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foe  falls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Liverpool Playhouse

Betty Blue Eyes Uk Tour - (C) Robert Day

Music/Lyrics: George Stiles & Anthony Drewe Book: Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: John Roberts  Alan Bennett’s A Private Function may not seem the most suitable of films to make a stage musical out of, but thanks to the delightfully witty charm of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Betty Blue Eyes makes for a refreshing and quirky ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Betty Blue Eyes - Colchester Mercury

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Sue Collier Betty Blue Eyes is a musical comedy based on the marvellous 1984 film ‘A Private Function’ which starred Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. Whilst this is quite a cast to live up to, this challenge was more than met during a lively performance in Leeds where ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Oxford Playhouse

Betty Blue Eyes - Colchester Mercury

Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Book: Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Fergus Morgan In 1947, although conflict had ceased two years previously, Britain was still living in the economic shadow of the Second World War. Clement Attlee was Prime Minister, the National Health Service was being established, and a 21 year-old Princess Elizabeth was preparing ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Betty Blue Eyes - Colchester Mercury

Writer: Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage 1947 austerity arrived at Salisbury Playhouse in the form of the new touring production of Betty Blue Eyes, a musical composed by George Stiles and his lyricist partner Anthony Drewe.  Based on the book by writers Ron Cowan and Daniel Lipman this ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Betty Blue Eyes - Colchester Mercury

Music & Lyrics: George Stiles and Antony Drewe Writers: Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Glen Pearce Like a good wine, many stage musicals improve with age. The pressures of ensuring all the pieces are in place for that initial first night don’t allow for the reflection needed to tweak ...

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WHAT’S HOT : Week beginning Monday 24th March 2014

Union - Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

After a little break we are delighted to bring to you a larger and improved What’s Hot feature – bringing you the best shows from all over the UK & Ireland to catch in the coming week. Hopefully there is something for everyone in this week’s selection. If you go to see or have seen any of them, then let ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Betty Blue Eyes - Colchester Mercury

Book: Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Not since Babe has there been such a winsome pig to tug at the heart-strings. Betty is the clandestine hog roast on the hoof in Alan Bennett's film A Private Function, now, thirty years ...

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