Saturday 9 January 2016

PETE BEST OF THE BEATLES will debut at the New Theatre in Temple Bar, Dublin, from February 8th -13th.

Stephen Kennedy, Director of the Dublin Beatles Festival, has written and is directing a new play about Pete Best that will debut in Dublin in early February.

Here is a description of the play in Stephen’s own words:

As you know, Pete was drummer with The Beatles for two years in the early 1960s.  He played hundreds of shows with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison – and then was mysteriously sacked a few short weeks before they released their debut single (‘Love Me Do’) and went on to take over the world.  This play has taken me over two years to research and write.  It examines the mystery of Pete’s firing from the greatest rock ’n’ roll group of all time – and it presents a fascinating insight into the early days of The Beatles and their wild nights in Liverpool and Hamburg.  As the logo on the poster says… “If you think you know The Beatles – you’re wrong!”
Actor Padraic McGinley

Yapperhead Theatre Company are putting the play on at the New Theatre.  Dublin actor Padraic McGinley is playing the part of Pete Best and he is superb in the role.  Tickets are €10-€15 and can be booked by going to

PETE BEST OF THE BEATLES is Stephen’s follow-up play to JOHN LENNON’S LAST DAY which had sold-out runs in Dublin, Belfast and Berlin – as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2 last October to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday.  He has also written DEATH AND THE BEATLES FAN and LENNON v McCARTNEY.  The latter play was performed on the Adelphi’s main stage at Liverpool’s International Beatleweek and went on to be made into a short film by Eddie Jackson. 
Playwright Stephen Kennedy

1 comment:

  1. Wish I could be there for this! Not knowing how this play will portray Pete, I would still love to see it. I'm a big fan of Pete Best. In my opinion, he will always be the original drummer for the Beatles, and was with them in the "trenches" as they honed their skills and tightened up as a band. AND he's been a stand up person after being dealt such crushing disappointment. Love the guy!