Beatlemania is about to hit Manchester as Let It Be twists and shouts its way into the city. Following its hugely successful run in London’s West End, the hit Beatles show has a ticket to ride and launches it’s first ever UK & Ireland tour at the Palace Theatre on 28 February 2014 running till March 8th.
Echoing The Beatles’ own early UK tours, Let It Be will play the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland, visiting first Manchester, then Torquay, Birmingham, Sunderland, Stoke, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Bristol, Southampton, Cardiff, Northampton, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Sheffield and Southend.
Let It Be showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock‘n’roll band, in a spectacular theatrical concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces.
Manchester’s Finest got to be a groupie for the day and were invited to an intimate gig with the fab four before the show opened.
Not one to miss an opportunity we grabbed a couple of the cast members Reuven Gershon (John Lennon) and Steve Hill (George Harrison) to give us the inside scoop on what it’s like being in the show.
MF: How are you finding taking on The Beatles?
Reuven: It’s a never-ending saga getting it right and trying to perfect it. You can never reach what The Beatles did and you never dream to be as good as them, you can only do the best you can do. Since I was a kid I was a Lennon in training, I always loved The Beatles so I’ve been working on it since then just by naturally enjoying the music.
MF: How do you feel about taking the show on tour for the first time across the UK & Ireland?
Steve: To tour the show is gonna be great as we get the chance to reach as many people as possible. In the West End we have had people come and watch the show from all over the world. We have screamers in too! We had a load of American cheerleaders in to see the show recently and they went crazy. You do get that Beatles reaction sometimes and when you do you just soak it up.
MF: What can we expect?
Reuven: It’s a big multi-media show with set and costumes to go through every stage of their career from the early days at the Cavern to the eventual split. The music is one thing but the visuals are another, there’s a lot going on in the show. It’s not the story of The Beatles though it’s one big concert that takes you through their timeline, so I guess you get their story but it’s told through their music. You see them grow…just like their beards and moustaches!!
MF: Is there a key moment in the show that you guys enjoy the most?
Reuven: One of our favourite moments onstage is when we all come out in our Sergeant Pepper outfits with the backdrop of the album cover. The reaction from the audience is incredible.
LET IT BE
28 February – 8 March 2014
Palace Theatre, Manchester