Betty Blue Eyes, the musical adaptation of the Alan Bennett-scripted comedy film A Private Function opens at the Novello Theatre on 13 April 2011 where it has been in previews since 19 March.

Starring Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith, it is producer Cameron Mackintosh's first new musical in over a decade and has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe with a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman.

Directed by Richard Eyre the musical is set in a Yorkshire village after the Second World War, where rationing presents a challenge for the locals who want to celebrate a Royal wedding in style by slaughtering an illegally raised pig for the event. A timely production, Betty Blue Eyes opens just a fortnight before Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot.

The cast for the production also includes David Bamber (Swaby), Jack Edwards (Allardyce), Mark Meadows (Lockwood), Adrian Scarborough (Wormold) and Whatsonstage.com Award-winner Ann Emery.

Betty Blue Eyes has musical staging by Stephen Mear, design by Tim Hatley, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Mick Potter. The musical director is Richard Beadle, musical supervisor Stephen Brooker and orchestrations are by William David Brohn. It is produced in the West End by Cameron Mackintosh.