|Let it Be|
Beatles show Let it Be transfers to Savoy Theatre in Feb
Date: 29 November 2012
Beatles concert show Let it Be will transfer to the West End's Savoy Theatre following its current run at the Prince of Wales.
The show, which is billed as a "spectacular theatrical concert", will open at the Savoy on 1 February 2013 and is booking until 5 October.
Its run at the Prince of Wales - scene of the Beatles' iconic "rattle your jewelry" Royal Variety Show appearance in 1963 - continues until 19 January.
Producer Jamie Hendry said: "Night after night audiences leap to their feet, demonstrating that the music of The Beatles is as popular now as it ever has been. I am delighted that Let it Be has been so positively received, both critically and commercially, and the transfer to the Savoy Theatre will allow this fantastic music to continue being showcased in the West End."
The show, which opened in September, marks the first time that the grand theatrical rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue have been granted by Sony/ATV for a West End production.
Its arrival in London was announced with a special rooftop gig by the cast at the Trafalgar Hotel in August (picture below). Cast member Stephen Hill, who plays George, told Whatsonstage.com: "It's a huge responsibility bringing it to the West End... There's The Bible, and there's The Beatles. It's got to be done right."
Let it Be is packed with over twenty of the band's greatest hits, recreating their meteoric rise from their humble beginnings through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces.
Directed by Joey Curatolo, the current company is comprised of: Emanuele Angeletti, John Brosnan, Gordon Elsmore, James Fox, Michael Gagliano, Reuven Gershon, Stephen Hill and Phil Martin. Each band is joined for several songs by either Ryan Alex Farmery or Michael Bramwell on keyboards.
- by Theo Bosanquet
|Terrible show, which if there was any justice would of long since been killed off by word of mouth and good taste,it really wasn't my idea of a fun night out, I could of had more fun lancing the cats boil and we don't even have a cat!!
Ticketmaster shame on them are their utmost to stifle freedom of speech. They remove almost all reviews that contain critical comments, if you don't believe me try it out for yourself, but I would advise against anyone trying out Let It Be theirselves..
It is pure hogwash!!
- J Ross ||06 Dec 12|
|I just hope this is not the new Thriller: Live, we could do without two West End houses being full of this type of production (for want of a better word!). - Daniel Whitley||03 Dec 12|
|Is this some sort of sick joke? I really can't believe the run is being extended when there are regularly empty seats at shows. I'm another audience member whose memories of the Beatles have been sullied by this abysmal excuse for a show. Like others have said its not a show in the proper sense just a very poor tribute band doing a gig. - Selena||30 Nov 12|
|Unbelievable Let It Be is to transfer to the Savoy after its criticaly mauled and publicly unpopular run at the Prince of Wales. It is one of the wrose shows I have ever had the misfortune to see!
The first half fails to catch a light at all white the second half is little better until the last two singalong numbers Hey Jude and Let it Be.
this is a show for unfussy people who want to go to a theatre drink during the show and sing along tunelessly, in other words people who aren't real fans of The Beatles - Craig Terry ||29 Nov 12|
|What a travesty if youngster like Alice think Le air Be is anything like a fair facsimile of the Beatles and we are all doomed to diet of xfactor driven pap if this show is accepted as being fit for the West Stage.
Vote with your feet people don't let great real music be watered down like this support the indie bands and singers they are the Beatles true heirs not this shambles which is an insult to the greatest legacy in pop music! - Mark Wilson - Chelsea ||29 Nov 12|
|Well I for one enjoyed it and am looking forward to going again. I am in my early 20s and adore the Beatles. I know that no one can EVER fill their shoes but for me, and for many younger fans, this is a chance to get a taster of what it was like to see them live, and to hear these songs being sung by a talented and classy tribute act. I know there's no story to the show but I don't think it needed one - the music speaks for itself. And I am in no way saying that this show comes CLOSE to what it must've been like to see the real thing live, but it is something for fans to enjoy, and I am glad it has been extended as I'll probably go a third time now! - Alice||29 Nov 12|
I was around in the 1960's and fell in love with George the quiet one, and grew up and their music grew with me. when i read about let it be i had to go see it, i really wish i hadn't. the cast i saw no one looked like any of the Beatles and they didn't sound like the Beatles either no story and songs played with out any passion. feel ripped off and that the memory of my idols and childhood had been insulted avoid believe the bad reviews not the good - Linda Green ||29 Nov 12|
|So Sony/ATV are to further defile the memory of the Beatles and their back catalogue then, it's a very dark day for music indeed!
Let It Be is a non-show, no story or acting, it's just a bunch of odd looking blokes (six of the eight look noting like the Beatle they portray, some of the cast members even dressed up to look Beatley would you have guessing all day who they're supposed to be, )
I found only one of the Johns of the entire company to plausible in anyway, most of the others especially the two Paul's fall completely into simple and unimpressive parod.
The Beatles music is fantastic that goes with saying, but its delivered poorly to audiences who for the large part are unimpressed.
The plug should have been pulled early much less the agony of this facade continuing like this.
- David Lane||29 Nov 12|
|Shocked Let It Be was critically panned as hardly been embraced by the public either. as the customer reviews on this website and others show,
it's a poor covers band tribute act concert not a West End show, one of the current cast look nothing like The Beatles at all and sound only occasionally like the Fab Four.
The show is working mans club fayre with a few bells and whistles thrown in as a distraction! - Brian||29 Nov 12|
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