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is the story of the fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe (the band's original bassist), and the two most important people in his life: John Lennon and Astrid Kirchherr. Re-imagined for the stage by the original writer and director of the acclaimed 1994 film, Iain Softley. This production of Backbeat is a passionate and vivid portrayal of a love story born out of the famous summer when The Beatles made their name in the city of Hamburg. Inseparable friends, John and Stuart become entwined in a fiery triangular relationship as Stuart falls madly in love with Astrid. John forces Stuart to choose between his deep loyalty for John, a future with the greatest band in history or following his heart and pursuing a life as an artist with the woman of his dreams.Performers Nick Blood (Stuart Sutcliffe), Andrew Knott (John Lennon), Ruta Gedmintas (Astrid Kirchherr), Daniel Healy (Paul Mccartney), William Payne (George Harrison), Oliver Bennett (Pete Best), Adam Sopp (Tony Sheridan/Ringo Starr), Dominic Rouse (Klaus Voorman), Ben Fox (Arthur Ballard/Bert Kaempfert), James Wallace (George Martin).
Author Iain Softley. Author Stephen Jeffreys. Producer Karl Sydow. Director David Leveaux. Musical Director Paul Stacey. Design Christopher Oram. Design Andrew D Edwards. Lighting Howard Harrison. Lighting David Holmes. Sound Paul Groothuis. Sound Ed Clarke.
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