Beatles tribute show Let it Be opens at Prince of Wales in Sep
Date: 30 March 2012
A new show paying tribute to The Beatles will open at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre in September to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of "Love Me Do".
Running from 24 September to 19 January (previews from 14 September), Let it Be is billed as "a spectacular new West End production featuring more than twenty of The Beatles’ greatest hits".
These will include early hits "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You" and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" as well as "Yesterday", "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Come Together", "When I’m 64", "Get Back", "Hello Goodbye", "Hey Jude" and the title song.
Described in publicity material as a "media rich theatrical concert", the show comes from the same team behind Rain, which ran on Broadway from 2010-11. Let it Be will mark the first time that the Grand Theatrical Rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue have been granted by Sony/ATV for a West End production.
Let it Be is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions, Annerin Productions, Rain Productions, BB Promotion, MagicSpace Entertainment and Julian Stoneman Associates.
The Prince of Wales Theatre was the venue of the Fab Four's legendary Royal Variety performance, when John Lennon issued his famous command, "Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."
The venue's current production, Abba musical Mamma Mia!, is moving to the Novello Theatre from 6 September. Let it Be will be followed in 2013 by the long-rumoured West End transfer of Broadway smash hit The Book of Mormon.
'Let it be' was the production i was hoping for. The musos were acting throughout and the nuances of the fab 4 were well performed. A tribute band just copies the music, these guys had the stage personalities down to a tee. - Bryan
20 Sep 12
If you have seen the "Bootleg Beatles" live, and in a big venue, like the Hammersmith Apollo, you will know just how exhilarating a tribute band can be - and with the authentic backing (a live string quartet for "Day in the Life", for example - (not in evidence here)and good visuals and film clips, you come out buzzing.
The actors/musicians in "Let it Be" are excellent, both playing and inhabiting the Fabs, but the Prince of Wales is too small a theatre, I feel, for this, and the sound was blisteringly loud, as if it was being contained too much. Observing the audience, I could tell that although they loved the music, they were expecting that elusive something more. Pay no more than £20, and you will have a great night. - Steph Tickner
16 Sep 12
Like the previous person, I was shocked to find it was just a Tribute Band playing in the West End, no storyline at all - I has expected a play - unfortunatley I paid £60 for my 3rd row ticket ! Excellent musicians and if you closed your eyes it could have been 'them' but I do feel it was overpriced and over hyped for what it is - tourist stuff I think. - Marion Mayger
16 Sep 12
Went to the 1st show last night - good musicians and a standing ovation, BUT it's basically a tribute band, a VERY good one, with newsreels shown at the side. No acting, which somehow we'd expected. The guys are talented musicians and have good voices, and I was happy to have paid £20 for my stalls ticket, but wouldn't be paying some of the higher prices (finished just after 9.30pm with a 15-20 min interval, so quite short) - Jack
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