|Booking From:||Saturday, 24th September 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 24th March 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
I was privileged to attend the opening night of 'Backbeat'. This was the most enjoyable two hours of West End theatre I have ever sat (or danced) through.
If you want to know what the Beatles were like before fame and fortune this is the closest you are ever going to get. When the group opened up with 'Johnny B. Goode' I felt as if i'd been punched in the chest by a hurricane. A powerhouse of raw and primal rock ‘n roll. As Roy Carr once said of the Hamburg Pre-Fab five: "The bum notes fly like beer bottles".
If you are expecting 'Hey Jude' you are missing the point. The story is the bond between John Lennon and his art school friend Stuart Sutcliffe which is in danger of being broken when Stuart falls for the lovely Astrid.(Andrew Knott, Nick Blood and Ruta Gedmintas).
This leaves Paul McCartney as the driving force of the group who is trying to drag Lennon back to the fold. Great performances all round but special mention must go to Daniel Healy as Paul McCartney with stunning vocals, musicianship and characterization. The imaginative sets really evoke the spirit of the period. As do the terrific costumes.
The highlight of the play for me was the 'love me do scene with Lennon & McCartney. Poignant and hilarious and is the moment when John realises where his destiny lies. Dramatic license? Who cares! A 5* Must See!! - John Ormond
Brilliant, funny, raw, bouncing and at times heart wrenching. A superb performance from the whole cast with an explosive ending.
It was like being at a play, a musical and a rock concert all in one.
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