The weekend will finish with a concert at Theatre Severn featuring – from Liverpool – the top Beatles tribute band, The Mersey Beatles.
The entire weekend is in aid of the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s charity 2019-20, the Samaritans of Shrewsbury.
There will be additional events across Shrewsbury including musicians presenting live renditions of Beatles songs in the cellars of The Buttermarket, a venue reminiscent of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Fab Four first attracted attention.
Five great Beatles films will be screened at The Walker Theatre on Friday and Saturday (see details below).
The Beatles played in Shrewsbury three times – once at The Granada, twice at The Music Hall – and they even wrote one of their biggest hits, ‘From Me to You’, while travelling from York to their next gig in Shrewsbury in February 1963.
In addition, it’s the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ classic album, Abbey Road, this September and The Mersey Beatles will be performing the album in its entirety as part of their act.
Thursday 19th September
Beatles Boat Cruise on the Sabrina 7.30pm – depart Victoria Quay Cruise along the River Severn on board the Sabrina for two hours with live Beatles music with Tony Stanton plus records by The Fab Four.
Tickets £12 available now via www.sabrinaboat.co.uk First drink and nibbles are included.
Friday 20th September
The Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn 4.00pm Film – ‘Backbeat’ (cert 15)
6.00pm Launch event with guests - Theatre Severn first floor foyer
8.00pm Film ‘Looking For Lennon’ (cert 12), introduced by director Roger Appleton, followed by Q & A.
Saturday 21st September
10.30am Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (The Music Hall) 10.30am – Historic Town Tour of Medieval and Tudor Shrewsbury with Martin Wood, Town Crier finishing with coffee on the Balcony of The Music Hall, where The Beatles played twice (14th Dec 1962 & 26th April 1963)
1.30pm Film – ‘Good Ol’ Freda’ (cert PG) Tickets: £8
4.00pm Film – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (cert U) Preceded by a short talk by Cara Spencer, daughter of Beatles photographer Terence Spencer.
7.30pm Film ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, The Touring Years’ (cert 12A) Tickets: £8
The Wheatsheaf, Frankwell7.00pm until late - Beatles Open Mic Night. Local bands and singers perform The Beatles’ greatest hits and lesser known songs.
Sunday 22nd September
10.30am and 11.30am – Tours of the Granada Theatre (yet to be confirmed)
The Buttermarket Cellars, Howard Street
12 noon – 2.00pm Lunchtime Live at ‘The Cavern’. Live Beatles music with The Backbeat Three, Famous Last Words and Two-faced Tom & The Bootleg Boys. Doors open 11.30am, event ends at 2.30pm. Refreshments - tea & coffee, licensed bar. Settle down with a drink, a Sunday paper and enjoy some great Beatles music in a venue that will bring back Cavern memories! Tickets: £10 including bacon roll and salad (or vegetarian option) Bookings open online 20th May
The Hive, 5 Belmont
2.30pm Talk: ‘The Beatles in Comics’ by Tim Quinn. Since arriving at the Toppermost of the Poppermost, The Beatles have appeared in thousands of comic strips and gag cartoons. Former Marvel Comics comic book creator Tim Quinn takes a look at 100 of the best....and worst!
Tickets: £9 via www.facebook.com/shrewsburybeatles/events
Theatre Severn - Main auditorium
7.30pm Live in concert – The Mersey Beatles The showstopping setlist includes around 40 of The Beatles’ greatest songs, covering every era, and occasionally a lesser known classic for the true Beatles aficionados. Every concert is a unique experience. No script, just great music and a desire to capture the true spirit of The Beatles with a refreshing authenticity. The whole of the album ‘Abbey Road’ will be performed for its 50th anniversary. Tickets: £22 & £20 Book soon as tickets are selling fast!
See the Beatles Weekend events and book tickets at www.facebook.com/shrewsburybeatles/events