New tour of Let It Be to come to Dartford
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:41 12 October 2018
The new UK and Ireland tour of Let It Be will be arriving at the Orchard Theatre on Monday, October 15.
Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles Part II features all the classic tracks from the group’s world domination in the 1960s.
But while the first half of the theatrical performance is comprised of those favourites from the Beatles’ stellar career, the all-new second half imagines a world in which the four Liverpool musicians reunited a decade after they went their separate ways.
Producer Jeff Parry said he had come up with the idea behind the show a long time ago: “I’d had in my mind for 30 years what a reunion of The Beatles would have been like,” he said.
“It was bringing it down to a significant time when you could do it.
“I thought October 9 1980, John Lennon’s 40th birthday, rather than a fictitious date, and I wanted to keep it a positive scenario.
“Then when I first came upon Rain, which had started in North America, they said, we already have a Beatles show, and I said okay, that makes sense.
“That became an entity in itself, and the show kept working. We later split with Rain and created Let It Be in the UK, and it was really successful.”
The show is also different that it allows audiences to capture the show by taking photographs and video throughout, encouraging them to snap and share on social media, using the hashtag #LetItBeLive – extremely unique for a stage production.
When asked what fans can expect from the new show, Jeff said: “The whole, original show is in the first half.
“It’s like it’s on steroids! All the set changes remain and you still get the whole show.
“All the content is there. Half way through we do Sergeant Pepper, and sometimes people get up after that, thinking that’s the interval!
“The first half ends with the final medley from Abbey Road.
“Before the second half starts, we scroll film saying The Beatles are squabbling and breaking up. Then eventually John and Paul are talking again and we say what if they did get together? Just imagine!
“The Beatles of 1980 are dressed in clothes of the time and there are no costume changes in the second half. The lighting and whole feel is very natural.”
The band’s solo material featured includes Starting Over, Band On The Run, Black Bird, Got My Mind Set On You, My Sweet Lord, Live and Let Die, and Imagine.
When asked which song he would choose to hear at a real reunion, Jeff said: “Probably Helter Skelter – I’ve always wanted to see them rip it up like that.
“I’ve got a bunch of favourite songs. And Your Bird Can Sing and I Need You are two others.”
According to Jeff, the second half of the show gets the biggest audience reaction.
He said: “It brings an emotional response as this gives the audience something they never have seen, a reunion which could have been.
“I love to watch people’s faces when they see a Lennon song followed by a Harrison song.
“It’s almost as if they didn’t link the two together.
“The Lennon songs from Double Fantasy and then, of course, Imagine bring real emotion as they have never been performed live, and it reminds us all of how much he is missed and how much more he could have contributed.”
A cast of talented musicians play the fab four, and the performers have already toured the show to entertain on some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.
Following the UK and Ireland Tour, the show will head to Europe and overseas, with the international tour taking in countries including Germany and North America.
To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.