The country’s next generation of musical theatre stars will be showcasing their talent when students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance stage Alan Bennett’s comedy, Betty Blue Eyes, and the musical, Crazy For You.
The productions appear at Stratford Circus, East London, next month, produced by industry professionals and performed by a cast of Trinity Laban students.
Trinity Laban Musical Theatre kick off with Betty Blue Eyes, adapted from the story by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray, directed by Elva Makins, and set in post-WWII austerity Britain.
Belts are tightened but the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will soon be fair shares for all.
With rationing, unemployment, and the coldest winter for decades, the only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Enter Betty, an adorable pig, reared illegally so that dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish feast while the local population makes do with Spam.
The show, with music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, is based on the film, A Private Function, with original story by Alan Bennett.
Betty Blue Eyes runs at Stratford Circus from June 15-16 with two performances each day.
The following week sees George and Ira Gershwin’s classic musical, Crazy For You, directed by Sarah Redmond.
This lavish Broadway spectacular features a wealth of memorable songs including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You.
Running from June 22 – 23, matinees and evening performances.