Tuesday 1 May 2018

Lennons's Banjo Opens to Rave Reviews

Pete Best (credit Anthony Robling)

Danny O'Brien & Stephanie Dooley (credit Anthony Robling)

Alan Stocks & Lynn Francis (credit Anthony Robling)

The Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best thrilled
Liverpool audiences by making his stage debut
First look at images - Show continues at Epstein Theatre until 5 May
New stage comedy Lennon’s Banjo had its world premiere in Liverpool last night – starting its two-week run, last night’s press night performance has received a whole host of rave and 5-star reviews.
The show opened earlier this week with preview performances at the Epstein Theatre, where it will continue its run until Saturday 5 May.
The all-star cast and creative team have generated rave reviews for the new show, in which Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best made his stage debut.
The eight-strong cast feature Eric Potts, Mark Moraghan, Jake Abraham, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Stephanie Dooley, Alan Stocks, and Roy Carruthers.
Pete Best also appears as himself in three special performances. Two yesterday and the final performance being the last show in the run on Saturday 5 May. Alan Stocks will portray Pete Best in all other performances.
Lennon’s Banjo is based on the 2012 novel Julia’s Banjo written by Rob Fennah and Helen A Jones. The play is produced by Rob Fennah and Pulse Records Ltd in association with Bill Elms and directed by Mark Heller.
This is what the critics had to say about Lennon’s Banjo:
“two hours of high jinx, rip roaring antics and perfectly timed one liners”
North West End
“A fast-paced, entertaining retelling of Rob Fennah’s and Helen A. Jones’ acclaimed novel which will have audiences captivated till the end.”
YM Liverpool
“The strong cast deliver Rob Fennah’s witty script to perfection in this laugh out loud production… Lennon’s Banjo is a fun and fast paced comedy romp.”
Opening Night
“A captivating drama with great touches of comedy, filled with honesty, a dynamic between the superb cast which is tremendous to witness”
Liverpool Sound and Vision
Writer Rob Fennah commented: “Wow, what a fantastic reaction we’ve had to the world premiere of Lennon’s Banjo – and in Liverpool too, where the magic of The Beatles first began. The story about John’s missing banjo on which he was taught to play music by his beloved mother has really struck a chord with audiences. And our super talented cast, crew – and not forgetting original Beatles’ drummer Pete Best have really bought the story to life on stage.
“We’re looking forward to introducing audiences to the story until 5 May – the mix of fact and fiction really is fascinating.”
Lennon’s Banjo is set in present day Liverpool. The quest is on to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia – the missing banjo on which John Lennon was first taught to play music by his mother Julia Lennon, who introduced the youngster to rock and roll.
Mysteriously, the banjo went missing shortly after Julia’s death. One thing is certain though, if it did resurface it is estimated to be worth in the region of five million pounds.
The race to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia is on!
When Beatles tour guide Barry Seddon (Eric Potts) finds a letter written by John Lennon, he unearths a clue to solving the greatest mystery in pop history – the whereabouts of Lennon’s first musical instrument which has been missing for 60 years. But Barry’s loose tongue alerts Texan dealer Travis Lawson (Danny O’Brien) to the priceless relic.
In an attempt to get his hands on the letter and the clues, he persuades his wife Cheryl (Stephanie Dooley) to befriend the hapless tour guide and win his affections. The race to find Lennon’s Banjo is on!
The Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field project is the official charity partner of Lennon’s Banjo.
Lennon’s Banjo’s are delighted to be working with its Fab Four Production Partners who are The Cavern Club Liverpool, The Beatles Story, Hard Days Night Hotel, and The Beatles Shop.
Watch the promo video here  https://youtu.be/ddpVnRStAmo   
For more info visit www.lennonsbanjo.com

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Until Saturday 5 May 2018
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