Saturday, 19 April 2014

Come Join Us at the Turks Head Pub Next Sunday



Next Sunday we are going to a fantastic event in Twickenham at the very pub where Ringo played darts in the film A Hard Day's Night.  This flyer doesn't have room to list all the all the FAB bands and speakers who are going to be there but the list is long. If you are able to come along, be sure to stop by the BBFC table and say hello!

You can check out a bit more info on this Facebook Page.
 

Friday, 11 April 2014

It's Spring Break - Have some Beatle Fun

Now that Spring Break has finally arrived, why not check out our What's On page and find some Beatles fun in your neck of the woods. There is something on from Aberdeen to Ontario and lots of places in between.

Friday, 4 April 2014

BRIAN EPSTEIN PLAY LAUNCHES IN LONDON’S WEST END

We are all delighted with the news that "Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles" will be opening in the West End on July 30.  It's a truly fabulous play and is not to be missed.  To read our review of the play when it was first performed at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpook, click here



Cast members Andrew Lancel and Will Finlason at Leicester Square Theatre
Photo: Matt Ford

Starring Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein, with Will Finlason as ‘This Boy’

Written by Andrew Sherlock | Directed by Jen Heyes

Leicester Square Theatre, London

Wed 30 July – Sat 6 September 2014


The cast and producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles - the long-awaited play about the legendary music manager Brian Epstein - visited London’s Leicester Square Theatre last week to officially launch the show’s initial 6-week run at the venue this Summer.

2014 also sees Brian Epstein posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame after a campaign from fans and also the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque at the London offices of Epstein’s company NEMS.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is the untold story and window into the private world of the music entrepreneur whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a household name yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in the closet. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.

Acclaimed stage and TV star Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and actor Will Finlason will return to the roles of Brian Epstein and the fictional character ‘This Boy’ respectively, for which they each received rave reviews during the initial run of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool, where the show premiered in November 2012 as part of the city’s official Beatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein Theatre.

Andrew Lancel said: “As a huge Beatles fan I am absolutely delighted to be returning to London and this role, wonderfully written by Andrew Sherlock. Especially in the year that would have seen Brian Epstein celebrate his 80th Birthday. It was great to see and chat to so many media representatives from outlets all over the World who wanted to hear more about the play.”

“Andrew Lancel as Epstein is terrific...
As the boy, Will Finlason gracefully mingles brashness and compassion.”
The Times

“A show of thought-provoking insight and raw emotion…
The Beatles Manager superbly portrayed by Andrew Lancel.
An experience not to be missed!”
The Stage

This two-hander play imagines this brilliant but troubled man’s drug-fuelled final days whilst looking back upon his illustrious adult life and meteoric career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group - a must-see opportunity to discover a previously unexplored story and celebrate a true icon of 1960’s popular culture – a man who shaped music and style across the world.

Martin Witts, Artistic Director at the Leicester Square Theatre said: “We are very much looking forward to having this exciting new play in residence at the Leicester Square Theatre throughout the Summer period, it is a perfect fit for our diverse audience and a great attraction for international visitors. It’s very fitting that the show is coming to London during what is going to be a Rock and Roll year celebration of Brian Epstein’s life and the instrumental impact he had on popular music, we hope it will run and run."

Running from 30 July – 6 September 2014 at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is brought to you by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd, written by Andrew Sherlock and directed by Jen Heyes.

“At times comic, at times intensely moving... Epstein is not merely an exercise in nostalgia, it also finds the real man lurking inside an enigma.”
The Arts Desk

“An evocative and moving history lesson, enlivened with wit - enthralling for those who were there (and still remember it) and for a new generation discovering their musical roots.”
Whatsonstage.com

Writing co-commissioned by Homotopia. 

Supported by Orange Amplification, Arts Council England, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool Echo.

Production partners: The Beatles Story (Liverpool), Hard Day’s Night Hotel (Liverpool), Hard Rock Cafe (London), The Beatles Coffee Shop/Beatles Walks (London)

The official production charity partner is CALM www.thecalmzone.net.

More information on Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles can be found at www.epsteintheplay.com.

LISTING INFORMATION:

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles
Leicester Square Theatre
6 Leicester Place, London, Greater London WC2H 7BX
30 July – 6 September 2014
Preview Performances: 30 July – 2 August
Mon – Sat Evenings: 7.30pm I Thurs mats 3.00pm I Sat early shows 4.00pm
Ticket Prices: £30-£42.50

HOW TO BOOK:
Book in person at the venue, online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com or via telephone on 08448 733433. Booking fees may apply

CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE
OAP/Under 18/NUS/Reg Dis              -               £5 off (excluding Fri and Sat eves, previews and matinees)
Groups 10+                                           -               1 in 20 free (all performances)
School/Student Group 10+ (14-18yrs) -          £15 Tickets – Midweek Mat and Monday Eve

Running Time 2hrs approx
Suitable for age 14+

The Mersey Beatles at the Epstein Theatre - May 24. Tickets on sale now!


May 24th 2014
THE MERSEY BEATLES
are back at
THE EPSTEIN THEATRE
Box office 0844 888 4411  From LOVE ME DO to LET IT BE live“THE BEST I’VE HEARD”-
Julia Baird - 
John Lennon’s sister

  Doors 7pm                     Showtime 7:30


For more information, or to book tickets, visit:

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Looking for something to do?

It's time to make your plans for the weekend and beyond. So many Beatle events happening yet again. Be sure to check our What's On list when planning your fun. Our listing includes tribute bands, shows, cruises and even Paul and Ringo too. We are trying hard to get bands to keep the list up-to-date by sending us their gig lists, but if you know of a band we are missing, email us and we will be sure to add their gigs. Here's a snapshot of what's scheduled for the next 7 days. Link to the full What's On Page.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Beatle things going on all over the place

Holy Moly! Check out the HUGE list of Beatle things going on this coming week. Tribute bands, shows, and more all crammed into 7 short days. We are trying hard to get bands to keep the list up-to-date by sending us their gig lists, but if you know of a band we are missing, email us and we will be sure to add their gigs. Here's a snapshot of what's scheduled for the next 7 days. Link to the full What's On Page.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Paul's getting Out There!

Paul has been announcing more tour dates in South America and now Japan. The list below is from our What's On Page. You can use the green button on that page to filter the list to see just Paul's concerts, or just events in your country, or even a single date. It's pretty handy.