Jeanette Cronin as Queen Bette.
Photo by Richard Hedger
Devised by Peter Mountford and Jeanette Cronin from an idea by Peter Mountford
Directed by Peter Mountford
“What he and his star have done is to create a three-dimensional, fully realised woman in a richly fascinating story that plays out over a tantalising one hour solo show. The result is an absorbing yet light-hearted docudrama that brings to vivid life one of Hollywood’s pioneering greats. The real royal deal. “
Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
“Whether you go to get closer to this important and interesting female, or to see Cronin’s astonishing performance and manifestation, just make sure you go. This is a night you won’t forget in a hurry.”
“Even if your interest in Davis is fleeting, this engrossing little showcase is worth seeking out. A top stage moment of the year"
Jason Blake, Eight Nights A Week
“Vibrant, funny, and tremendously expressive. Dynamically paced, with unexpected stylistic changes developing between scenes to keep us attentive and fascinated.”
Suzy Goes See
"It’s, quite simply, the stellar transportation of an audience through a brilliant performance and you need to see it in this small, intimate venue before it is swept onto a larger stage. Rain or shine, grab a ticket if you can.”
Judith Greenaway, Sydney Arts Guide
“The text is beautifully constructed. For fans of Bette Davis, QUEEN BETTE, is a must. For others interested in the source of the creative 'energies' of a great artist, too, QUEEN BETTE is a worthwhile indulgence.” Kevin Jackson, Theatre Diary
Queen Bette in rehearsal
Queen Bette had its sold-out first season in 2015 at the Old 505 Theatre, Sydney for Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.
It returned there again in 2016 and 2019, and was also performed as part of the inaugural Hunter Valley Theatre Festival in 2016.
The most recent sold-out season was at Gasworks Melbourne as part of Midsumma, 2020.