The play, which also includes performances of songs such as "Twist & Shout", "Rock & Roll Music", "Long Tall Sally", "Please Mr Postman" and "Money", premiered at Glasgow Citizens Theatre in February 2010. David Leveaux directs the show's West End debut, which has musical direction by Paul Stacey.
Backbeat chronicles the genesis of the Beatles, when Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best left Liverpool for Hamburg, searching for their big break. Sutcliffe (Nick Blood) falls in love with German photographer Astrid Kirchherr (Ruta Gedmintas) and creates struggle within the band and his friendship with Lennon (Andrew Knott).
The cast and crew were joined to celebrate their opening night by guests including Harry Enfield, Dominic Cooper, Joseph Millson, Jessica Kirton, Gary Lineker, Virginia and Jason Lawson, Hayley Mills, Greg Dyke, Steven van Zandt and Dave Clark.
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