Last night was the opening of Let It Be at The Edinburgh Playhouse, a West End international hit show, which celebrates one of the world’s most iconic rock ‘n’ roll bands – The Beatles.
I was excited to see this show as I grew up listening to The Beatles. My parents would play them often. Their music stirs nostalgia and reminds me of fun times as a child. Having being born in 1979 there was no chance I was ever going to see the actual band, so I was hoping this experience would offer the next best thing – and it delivered.
I was taken a back by how much the talented cast sounded just like the fab four! John Lennon was played by Michael Gagliano, Emanuele Angeletti played Paul McCartney, John Brosnan played George Harrison and Ben Cullingworth played Ringo Starr.
Act One was a journey through The Beatles early years including their famous performances at the Royal Variety Performance and Shea Stadium. They belted out all the old favourites including She Loves You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Yesterday and Twist and Shout. You could really get a sense of Beatlemania with the TV screens dotted around the stage showing all the screaming fans and hysteria.
Then we moved into the Sergeant Pepper era with the wonderful colourful costumes and hits including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends and the fun When I’m Sixty-Four.
Act Two moved into a ‘what if’ senario with a fictious one night reunion on John’s 40th Birthday – 9th October 1980 – set a decade after the boys split in 1970. I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad watching this – John Lennon would be dead just two months later in real life after being murdered in front of his apartment on 8th December. What an incredibly sad time for his family, friends and the world for losing such a legend. Michael Gagliano did a great job of honouring John’s legacy.
Another poignant moment for me was Emanuele Angeletti’s performance of Blackbird. What a beautiful song, which was really well delivered.
The performance came to a close with all the old favourites Imagine, Let It Be and a final encore of Hey Jude, which had everyone singing along and shouting for even more. I was really touched by the number of couples in the audience who were clearly having the time of their life, singing and dancing to all the songs from their youth. You could see the nostagia oozing out of them. It was a really enjoyable show, one which you really need to see if you are a Beatles fan.
Let It Be is on at The Edinburgh Playhouse all this week – 9th – 13th October 2018. Tickets are priced from £17.50 per person. Book tickets here.