Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Backbeat The Musical To Close Early

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Backbeat at the Duke Of York's Theatre in London which charts the early days of the pop supergroup The Beatles, is to end its run earlier than expected, on 18th February 2012.

The west end stage show adaptation of Iain Softley's 1994 movie, which opened in London in October this year, had originally been booking until 24th March.

Following its run in the west end, producers are hoping to transfer the show over the pond to Canada in the summer of next year.

Speaking about Backbeat, producer Karl Sydow said: "I am enormously proud to have brought Backbeat to London and look forward to working with David Mirvish to take this great production to Canada next year."

Backbeat follows the fortunes of the world's most famous band as they leave their native Liverpool behind to play cover versions of rock songs in Hamburg on the Reeperbahn. As, night after night, they playclassic tracks including singalong classics like Mr Postman and Twist And Shout, the show explores the love triangle between John Lennon, the original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and German photographer Astrid Kirchherr.

News of the early closure was swiftly followed by the announcement that the star of TV show Scrubs, Zack Braff will make his West End debut in his own play, All New People, which will begin a London run at the Duke of York's Theatre on 22 February 2012.

Theatre tickets to Backbeat and all productions of the Duke Of York's Theatre in London are available to book securely online through Theatre Tickets London, or BmyConcierge.

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