Production photos of Backbeat at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Backbeat at the Duke of York's Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Backbeat at the Duke of York's Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

New rock & roll show Backbeat has opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

Based on Iain Softley’s 1994 film, and co-written by him and Stephen Jeffreys, Backbeat follows how The Beatles ‘became’ The Beatles – when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe embarked on their journey from the docks of Liverpool to search for success in the seedy red light district of Hamburg, Germany.

Performing in the clubs of the Reeperbahn, they played rock ‘n’ roll covers night after night, with classics including Twist And Shout, Long Tall Sally and Mr Postman.

At the heart of show is the triangular relationship between Lennon, his best friend and The Beatles’s original bassist Sutcliffe, and German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, with whom Kirchherr fell in love.

Backbeat is directed by David Leveaux.

Photos by Rare Prints.

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