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Cast Revealed for Backbeat at the Duke of York's Theatre

Thursday, 8th Sep 2011  

Andrew Knott, Daniel Healy and Nick Blood Among Those Headed to the West End

Last month it was revealed that a musical would be arriving at the Duke of York’s Theatre that would focus on the early days of The Beatles, which will explore that relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (the band’s original bassist), his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr and John Lennon. Now the cast has been revealed for the production, with a mixture of new performers and cast members that originally appeared in the show at the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre in 2010.

The Beatles themselves will be portrayed by Andrew Knott (John Lennon), Daniel Healy (Paul McCartney) and William Payne (George Harrison), with Nick Blood playing Stuart Sutcliffe and the rest of the cast including Ruta Gedmintas (Astrid Kirchherr), Oliver Bennett, Ben Fox, Dominic Rouse, Adam Sopp and James Wallace.

The production is written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, the former responsible for the 1994 movie of the same name. However, instead of using the music of The Beatles, Softley, Jeffreys and director David Leveaux will employ other rock ‘n’ roll songs of the era such as “Long Tall Sally” and “Twist and Shout”.

Andrew Knott has appeared in various stage and television shows with credits such as “The History Boys” at the Lyttelton National Theatre. His screen roles have included “Gavin & Stacey” (alongside another “History Boys” star James Corden from this year’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), “Spooks: Code 9”, “Lewis”, “Coronation Street”, “Where the Heart Is” and the movie “The Secret Garden”.

Daniel Healy, meanwhile, has also appeared on the stage and screen with credits like “Taggart” and “Wedding Belles”, before taking on the role of McCartney when “Backbeat” premiered at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow last year.

Finally, Nick Blood previously appeared in “The Priory” at the Royal Court Theatre, “Women Beware Women” at The National Theatre and television shows like “The Bill”, “Material Girl”, “Trollied” and “Combat Kids”.

“Backbeat” joins a host of other jukebox musicals in London such as “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Jersey Boys” when it begins its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Monday 10th October 2011 (previews from September). It then continues to Saturday 24th March 2012.

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