Friday, 27 November 2015


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Off Broadway Show Heads To Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre in April 2016
A play about Beatles legend John Lennon which opened in Australia, has played Off Broadway New York, and wowed audience at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival is heading to Liverpool for two weeks in April 2016.
Lennon: Through A Glass Onion will open at The Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street, on Monday 18 April, running through to Friday 29 April. There will be 14 performances across the two weeks, including four matinees.
Written by John Waters and produced by Harley Medcalf, the show is part concert, part biography and celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon. It features 31 iconic hits of Lennon and Lennon/McCartney including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Woman, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Working Class Hero, and Jealous Guy.
Writer John Waters is one of Australia’s most recognised, respected and critically acclaimed actors and singers. Born in Britain, he has built and retained a fan base across four decades of theatre, musicals, TV, film and music.
Producer Harley Medcalf’s career spans 40 years. He has produced shows in over 300 cities worldwide and worked with artists including Elton John, Michael Crawford, Michael Flatley, Shirley Bassey and Meat Loaf.
The show was first performed on a small stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney in 1992 – 12 years after John Lennon’s untimely death. The show struck a chord with audiences and was an instant success. In the years that followed, Waters and accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta toured the show and sold out venues including The Sydney Opera House. It then headed to London’s West End for three months.
It recently played a 16-week season in New York. And in Summer 2015, it entertained audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for three weeks. The play is currently back on tour in Australia.
Harley commented: “The play has received a really warm welcome in venues across Australia, Off Broadway in New York; and by audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. So it’s a real honour and truly humbling to be bringing to show to Lennon’s Liverpool birthplace. This is going to be a very special run and we invite the people of Liverpool to come along and hear about John’s life from a brand new perspective.
“For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. And where better to do just that than in the birthplace of The Beatles.”
Lennon: Through A Glass Onion features Liverpool actor Daniel Taylor in the lead role, who will reveal the true essence of the life of a true icon, whose astonishing talent is still treasured the world over. Daniel has won critical acclaim as the lead role in The Tommy Cooper Show. Daniel will be joined by accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta.
Stewart D’Arrietta recently enjoyed a nine-month New York run of his Tom Waits show, Belly of a Drunken Piano. Earlier this year, he was the musical director for The White Album Concert by The Beatles, performing on stage at the world famous Sydney Opera House.
‘A deeply felt reflection of the man, savour every minute’ – New York Times
‘Lennon’s spirit shines through’ – New York Post
‘Surprisingly compelling’ – Rolling Stone
‘Brilliant’ – The Spectator
Facebook:           Lennon – Through A Glass Onion
Twitter:                @LennonOnStage
Monday 18 April – Friday 29 April 2016
Evening shows: 7.30pm
Matinee shows: 1.30pm Thursday 21 April / Saturday 23 April / Thursday 28 April / Friday 29 April
Tickets: £15 - £25
85 Hanover Street
L1 3DZ
Call 0844 888 4411, visit or book in person at The Epstein Theatre box office open 2pm-6pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-6pm Friday-Saturday).
Tickets on sale Friday 27th November at 10am.

Sunday, 22 November 2015


The Trembling Wilburys are hosting their 3rd annual Xmas Xtravaganza at Dingwalls in Camden, London on Wednesday 16th December. This is the one Christmas party gig you don't want to miss and one of BBFC's favourite events - last year's show was a fantastic night, acclaimed as one of the best shows of the year with a great turnout.

The Trembling Wilburys are the must-see tribute to legendary supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, featuring classic songs like "Handle With Care", "End OF The Line" and "Last Night" plus an array of solo hits by George Harrison/Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne/ELO.  The band features Glen Knowler as the living double of George Harrison ("I thought I'd seen a ghost!" - Joe Brown), and Dave Collison who perfectly reproduces the Big O's unique vocal style, along with a superb band of top musicians. These include drummer & occasional BBFC magazine contributor Dave Stark (of SongLink fame), who not only was made a LIPA Companion by Paul McCartney in 2006 but is also the official deputy drummer for The Quarrymen, having stood in for Colin Hanton in London back in 2012.  If you haven't seen the Wilburys yet, this your big chance!

Tickets £12.00, book here: 

Also check out the band's Facebook page:

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Life With the Beatles - moves to London - don't miss it

A life with the Beatles was very successful at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in Scotland, but if you missed it, you are in luck.  The show is going to be in London from the 23rd to 28th of november as part of a festival for new writings.

Click here for information about the show, the venue and to buy tickets.

The Beatles sat here!

A unique tribute to the Beatles' bums is being installed in Plymouth commemorating the spot where the Beatles once sat while in Plymouth for the filming of Magical Mystery Tour!

Read about the art project here.
Read the "Here comes the bums" newspaper article about it here.
Get tickets to the celebration concert on November 27th here.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Jingle Bell ROCK coming December 5

Go back to the Sixties this Christmas with a fabulous event on 5th December - Jingle Bell ROCK! 

Five bands are in the line up and will be playing the varieties of the 1960s - including Beatleweek favourites the Starclubbers and Johnny and the Moondogs, as well as London's favourite Beatles tribute band "The Beatles with an A". Also on the bill are The Mersey legends (1st managed by The Beatles first manger Alan Williams in the 1960's) playing all the Merseybeat classics, along with a fantastic Kinks tribute band.  

The event is being held at The legendary Gunnersbury Tavern (Chiswick High Road, opposite Gunnersbury Station), tickets are £10 in advance (via ) or £12 on the door. 

For more information go to the event Facebook page at 

Find this event and more on our What's On page and if you are a tribute band and want to be added to the calendar, just email us your schedule. 

Thursday, 22 October 2015


Winner: Patrick Maguire
A Young Merseyside writer has beaten two seasoned dramatists to win £150 in the Ticket to Write international Beatles-themed play festival.

Patrick Maguire from Litherland’s play You Are Lennon took the honours against Stalking The Beatles by Maureen Brady Johnson from Oberlin, Ohio and Face in a Jar entered by Rob Taylor from London.

The three one-act plays, staged at Unity Theatre, Liverpool, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October, were judged by theatre professionals Ian Kellgren and Clare Dow with the audience from both nights making a third judge.

“It was just really great to see the play staged,” said a delighted Patrick after the result was announced on Saturday.

Patrick graduated from The Young Writers Course hosted by The Everyman and Playhouse Theatres in June 2014 and was  a semi-finalist of Ticket to Write’s maiden festival.

“All the plays were warmly applauded by the audience and I’m always humbled by the effort put in by the teams,” said producer Jamie Gaskin from Southport, who devised the event.

Over its four years the Ticket to Write Festival has attracted nearly 80 plays about Liverpool’s favourite sons. 

More details about the event and the people involved at

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A Life with The Beatles - Now playing London

For the first time in London, after the great success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A Life With the Beatles is playing at The Kings Head Theatre from November 23rd through November 28th. 
The show is an amazing Magical Mystery Tour of the Beatles’ history, focused on the night of the recording of A Day in the Life, the song that closes their most famous album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This incredible story is told from Neil Aspinall’s perspective, the Beatles’ road manager since the early days in Liverpool, the only one who was always at their side, behind the scenes and away from limelight, from 1961 to the 1970 break-up, and who later became the CEO of Apple Corps. 
Groups can call the box office on 02072268561 and for every ten tickets booked you get one free and the booking fee will be waived For more information on ‪#‎Festival45‬ or to book online, please visit our website:

The King's Head Theatre is a Registered Charity 1161483