LET IT BE
Princess Theatre, Torquay
THE cast of Let It Be, a musical extravaganza paying homage to The Beatles, deserved the standing ovation and the chants from the packed auditorium who demanded 'we want more' before the band returned for the encore.
Having seen the smash hit show in the West End, I knew the audience were in for a good night of entertainment, which showcases all the Fab Four's hits in all their glory.
What's great is no expense has been spared and the touring version hasn't been stripped back and is just as good as the London show.
What makes this production tick is the musicianship of the cast and their skill to perfect the numbers to sound exactly like The Beatles. The elaborate stage set is also a winner. The show starts with a very minimal and dark set, based in Liverpool's The Cavern Club, but within minutes the audience is transported to America's Shea Stadium and the Royal Variety Show all thanks to clever projections on a backdrop. The lighting and backdrops were also incredible and were some of the best I've ever seen in the theatre.
The psychedelic staging for the Sergeant Pepper segment was mind blowing, especially during Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
Sparkly, dream-like lighting and a transparent screen on the front of the stage, which played out projected images while the band played and sung, left the adoring audience transfixed.
The acoustic section, where the band slowed the pace down, was also a crowd pleaser and let each of the cast show off their musical talents without all the fancy staging.
Emanuele Angeletti, Reuven Gershon, Stephen Hill and Luke Roberts, who played the Fab Four, along with Graham Harvey (who accompanied them) are at the top of their game and they have perfected John, Paul, George and Ringo's mannerisms.
This is helped along by the vast array of costumes and wigs which help take you on the journey of their incredible career. Don't expect a detailed story of The Beatles or a musical, this is purely and simply a theatrical production which is a jolly romp through their back catalogue. Fans of the Fab Four won't be disappointed.
Let It Be runs until March 15.