Thursday, February 27, 2014


The Making of Betty Blue Eyes Exhibition at the Mercury

Ever wondered what goes in to making a mammoth musical comedy to take on a 102 date country-wide tour? Well, from Monday 3rd March you can find out when The Making of Betty Blue Eyes exhibition opens at the Mercury Theatre.

Visitors will get the chance to see exactly what happens when four of the finest regional theatres join forces to re-invent a superb West End musical.
Set in 1947 austerity Britain, Betty Blue Eyes received rave reviews when it premiered in the West End in 2011, picking up an Oliver Award nomination for Best New Musical.
Featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creatives, this live exhibition will change and grow over the weeks as new exhibits are introduced as the show approaches its opening night on Friday, March 14th. Visitors will get to see the intricate and sometimes bizarre details that go into staging a production of this magnitude such as 21 performers, 75 costumes, 46 pairs of shoes, 17 pairs of wellies, a porcelain foot and blue-eyed pig named Betty! 
The exhibition will open in the Mercury Theatres Digby Gallery on Monday, March 3rd and run until Saturday, April 5th. Entry is free and booking is not required.
Director of Communications Robin Fenwick said:
“We want to lift the veil on the work that goes on behind the scenes here at the Mercury. Our in-house production capabilities are among the best in the country, and this is an opportunity for us to show off everything from the construction of this show’s huge set, to the intricate stitching on the costumes.”
The show itself opens on Friday, March 14th at the Mercury Theatre before embarking on a 5 month tour across England in a new co-production between Mercury Theatre Colchester, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Mercury Theatre Colchester
01206 573948

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