Betty Blue Eyes

Harrogate  Operatic  PlayerS 



6th - 10th June 2017 @ Harrogate Theatre

Betty Blue Eyes

It is 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute 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.  The story centres around a small Yorkshire town and Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam.

Watch the trailer!

Fair Shares For All!

Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share.

A Right Royal Affair.

Based on the hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray.

The town's elite hatch a plan to celebrate the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in style. With an appearance from our future Queen.

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Cast & Crew


Gilbert Chilvers

Stuart Hutchinson
Joyce Chilvers

Ruth Graham
Mother Dear

Christine Castle
Inspector Wormald

Richard Upton
Dr James Swaby

Robin Withey
Francis Lockwood

Simon Berger
Henry Allardyce

Chris Cowling

As Herself


Mrs Lockwood

Kaye Killin
Mrs Allardyce

Judi Kenley
Veronica Allardyce

Holly Todd
Queen Elizabeth

Portia Crewe 

Gavin Mills

Gary Holmes

Rob Hastings
Metcalf / Prince Philip

Ben Russell
Sgt. Noble

Dan Stanford
Reg Bowen

David Hartley
Mrs Roach

Laura Jackson
Mrs Lester

Helen Mills
Mrs Turnbull

Lizzie Gravestock
Mrs Metcalf

Laura Askew
Mrs Tillbrook

Melanie James
Mrs Sutcliffe

Lauren Birch

Arthur Sutcliffe
Mr Cunliffe

Richard Lill
Mrs Cunliffe

Lizzie Oates

Fern Leah Summerton
Club Singer

Naomi Bass
Club Singer

Natalie Page
Club Singer

Morna Bunce


Directed by

Mike Kirby
Musical Director

Stage Manager

Nadia Murrell
Back Stage Crew

Cathy Hellas
Back Stage Crew

Steve Graham
Back Stage Crew

David Hartley

Richard Lill
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