Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Review: Let It Be, New Theatre, Cardiff

Let It Be, is the latest adaptation of The Beatles story, a cross between a live concert and a (sometimes) chronological look at the bands musical career, with a touch of party atmosphere thrown in for good measure.

The Beatles and John, Paul, George or Ringo are never mentioned by name, leaving it to meticulously recreated music sequences and familiar mannerisms of The Fab Four to do the talking.

Energetic and fun performance speaks volumes as James Fox (Paul), Luke Roberts (Ringo), John Brosnan (George) and Reuvon Gershon (John) prove when recreating the sounds that shook the world from The Cavern Club (I Saw Her Standing There) in Liverpool via Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium (She Loves You) to Shea Stadium (Help!) in the USA.

Multi-media projections help play a key role in recreating many events including a live stage performance of I Feel Fine at Shea Stadium intermingled with original footage of screaming fans on monitors.

Similarly the psychedelic inspiration of minds eye imagery also play a key role as the band perform Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and A Day In The Life  from Sergeant Pepper on a stage decorated with flowers.

The second half  of the show steps out of chronological mode to deliver an unplugged style set with James, John and Reuvon still in character sitting on stools giving intimate performances of Blackbird, In My Life (featuring a fabulous keyboard solo from Michael Bramwell) and Norwegian Wood before climaxing with a rousing version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Throughout the show the band regularly interacted with the audience encouraging them to sing along with songs  such as When I’m 64, this was brought to full fruition with the encore numbers Let It Be and  Hey Jude with the audience out of their seats, clapping, singing and joining in.

Get Back to the 60s and hear the music of The Beatles performed as they intended, with passion, energy and lots of fun. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

  • Let It Be continues at Cardiff New Theatre until Saturday May 24. Tickets are on sale now with prices from £10.00 to £35.00. For further details about the show or to book tickets* visit newtheatrecardiff.co.uk or call the Box Office on (029) 2087 8889.
  • For details on other venue performances check out the official Let It Be website.

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