THE stage adaptation of Alan Bennett's film A Private Function will be staged at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight later this week.

West Kirby Musical Theatre Company (WKMTC)'s production of Betty Blue Eyes is at the venue from Thursday (November 2) to Saturday (November 4).

Described as a 'wonderfully entertaining, incredibly funny musical comedy', it is based on A Private Function, which starred Michael Palin and Dame Maggie Smith as a Yorkshire couple struggling to make ends meet just after the war.

It is 1947, war has ended but people are still suffering under the burden of food rationing, high 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 who is being illegally reared to ensure local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet whilst the local population have to make do with Spam.

The show is directed by Sharon Henderson, with musical direction by Rob Bowness and choreography by Deborah Clarke.

A spokesperson for the WKMTC said: "Brilliantly adapted for the stage with a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping score, the result is an unforgettable musical, full of beautiful melodies, witty lyrics, lots of dance routines, eccentric characters, and of course, the star of the show, Betty the pig!

"Betty Blue Eyes premiered in the West End in 2011, with actress Sarah Lancashire playing the social climbing housewife Joyce Chilvers.

"It received nominations for ‘Best New Musical’ in the Laurence Olivier Awards, The Evening Standard Awards and the Awards. It also had a 3 week run at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2014.

"West Kirby Musical Theatre Company (WKMTC) is thrilled to be staging this feel-good musical at the Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight."

The show, produced by WKMTC in partnership with the Wallasey School of Ballet, promises to be 'Irreverent, cheeky, brilliantly timed and fantastic fun for all the family' but is most suitable for children aged 11 years and upwards.

Evening performances start at 7.30pm with the Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are from the Gladstone Theatre Box Office 

Quiz night
A quiz night will be held at St Alban's Parish Centre in Liscard this Saturday. Starting at 7pm, it will feature a fun quiz with bingo and a raffle. Admission is £5, pay on door.

Exercise class

FLEXERCISE - described as fun and friendly exercise sessions for the over 60s, take place every Wednesday from 6.30pm-7.45pm. at St. James Church Hall on Victoria Road in New Brighton. 
They are described as suitable for most levels of mobility. Details from 07544 150 112

9 to 5

THE Port Sunlight Players' production of 9 to 5 The Musical is on later this month.

Staged at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight from November 30 to December 2, it is about three unlikely friends who take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world.

Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, it is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

Pushed to the boiling point, the three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. Tickets from the Gladstone Theatre box office

Charity coffee

A coffee morning takes place every Tuesday from 10am until midday at St Alban's Parish Centre in Liscard. All for a voluntary donation in aid of the Lourdes fund. Everybody welcome.

Opera magic 

A concert celebrating the magic of opera will be staged at Heswall Methodist Church on Saturday, November 11. Tickets from, , 0151 558 1552 or at the door on the night.

Support group

THE next meeting of Wirral Multiple System Atrophy support group is on Wednesday, November 15 in the hall of St John the Baptist Church, Meols. It starts at 2pm. Friends and families are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served. Details from Roy on 07931511258.

Country music

LEASOWE Castle Country Music Club meets every Thursday at Poulton Vics Social Club, Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey from 7.15pm to 11pm.

It features live country/ line dance music with line dance instruction by a qualified instructor.

Admission is £5 for members and £6 non-members. Details from the chairperson on 07707 712936.

Race night 

CHILDREN's charity Stick ‘'n' Step is hosting a charity race night on Friday, November 24 at Poulton Vics Social Club. First race starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets from For details, email or call 0151 638 0888.

Piano bar 

THERE is live piano music at the Mess Cafe at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton every Thursday night. Admission is free and the event starts at 7pm.  

'The Fort Sessions' - a night of live acoustic guitar and a different singer each week - are held at the venue every Friday (7pm start).

Folk dancing

FOLK dance sessions take place on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of every month at Victoria Hall, Bebington from 8-10pm. For details, contact

Rock ‘n’ roll

CHESHIRE Cats’ rock 'n' roll fundraising nights are every Wednesday from 7.30pm at The Poulton Victoria Club on Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey. Entrance £1.50. Proceeds to charities helping sick children.

Chair Pilates

CHAIR Pilates exercises with Cathy are at United Reformed Church on Marlowe Road in Wallasey on Fridays (1.30 to 2.15pm). Details from 07828 642143.

Dear Santa

WIRRAL Theatre4All.nw presents its concert Dear Santa on Saturday, November 25 at Gladstone Village Hall in Burton (7.30pm). Tickets from or Nikki on 07969040767

Exercise class

A DANCE exercise class takes place at Guide Headquarters on Leasowe Road in Wallasey every Thursday (2pm). Admission £5.
Details from Angela on 07786 360959.

RSPB Wirral 

THE Black Sea Coast is the title of Paul Hill's talk to Wirral RSPB this Thursday. It take place at Hoylake Community Centre at 7.30pm. Admission £5.

Ladies bowling

BEBINGTON Ladies Bowling Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Call 0151 608 8616 for details.

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