VenueDuke of York's Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From24th September 2011
Opened10th October 2011
To18th February 2012
WhenMon-Sat 19:30. Wed,Sat Mats 14:30
PricesFrom £23.50. To £56.00.
What is currently on at Duke of York's Theatre (V392)
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Backbeat 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.
Author Iain Softley
Author Stephen Jeffreys

Archive :: production:T0730404727, musical:S01977857999, venue:V392

Production details

Special Performances

  • 6 Feb 12 Open Captioned (STAGETEXT)


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
Performer Nick Blood (Stuart Sutcliffe)
Performer Andrew Knott (John Lennon)
Performer Ruta Gedmintas (Astrid Kirchherr)
Performer Daniel Healy (Paul Mccartney)
Performer William Payne (George Harrison)
Performer Oliver Bennett (Pete Best)
Performer Adam Sopp (Tony Sheridan/Ringo Starr)
Performer Dominic Rouse (Klaus Voorman)
Performer Ben Fox (Arthur Ballard/Bert Kaempfert)
Performer James Wallace (George Martin)

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