Let it Be: New Alexandra Theatre

Terry Wills has been reliving the glory days of the Fab Four.


It’s the perfect show for golden, and not so golden oldies, and there were more than a few standing, cheering, clapping as Beatlamania reigned supreme.

The Fab Four, still recognised as one of the world’s most successful show business phenomena, resurrected memories, recollections, and the amount of pleasure they bought wherever they performed. This was the rock’n’roll era in all its perceived glory, and although this was at the time where many yet to fall under their spell it was a true night of nostalgia.

8th February 1964, the day 5,000 screaming American teenagers screamed a welcome to New York, plus footage of their unbelievable success, was flashed onto four TV screens and I wasn’t alone in drifting back to those memorable Beatlemania days.

All their smash hits, Eleanor Rigby, Ticket to Ride, She loves You, Strawberry Fields Forever and many more were resurrected by a talented group of black wig-wearing musicians, all of them far too young to have seen the band in the flesh. The bulk of the smash hits came early as they replicated the early days in Cavern Club before Beatlemania began to dominate the American charts. Then, the perfect end to round off what had been a tremendously nostalgic evening saw the entire audience standing and waving arms in unison while joining in the inevitable Hey Jude singalong.

Yet another great night at the Alex. Long may they continue.

Let it Be is at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham until 22nd March. www.atgtickets.com/