The Creature Technology Company in Melbourne, who created the stunning animatronics  for the Walking with Dinosaurs live arena tour, and are working on the new King Kong show on Broadway, have been busy at work on a pig!

Betty Blue EyesCameron Mackintosh’s new show, Betty Blue Eyes, starts previews at the Novello Theatre in London on 19 March and the star of the show has just arrived by air freight from Australia.

Based on the Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray movie A Private Function, the fun new musical is set just after the Second World War and sees a pig at the centre of the action as the locals of a village secretly fatten her up to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Liz and Phil.

Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith are the humans stars of the show, but we predict that Betty the pig, if the Creature Technology Company’s other work is anything to go on, will prove a massive West End star.

And big stars don’t come cheap. Cameron Macintosh told the Daily Mail today that Betty has cost more than Michael Crawford in Phantom!

Book tickets to Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre in London