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Following in Fab Four's footsteps

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

ICONIC IMAGE: The Let It Be cast at South Devon College, Paignton Torquil MacLeod TQTM20140224C-04_C

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FOLLOWING it's runs in London's West End, the hit Beatles show Let It Be heads to the Bay next week. It plays the Princess Theatre, Torquay, from March 10 to 15.

At the Liverpool Empire and the Princess Theatre in Torquay, Let It Be will play on the very same stages The Beatles played on their 1963 UK tour.

In fact, The Beatles played the Liverpool Empire five times in all, in 1963 (three times), 1964 and 1965.

Let It Be is a theatrical concert jam-packed with 40 of The Beatles' greatest hits. Relive The Beatles' meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be.

The fab four — played by James Fox, Luke Roberts, Stephen Hill and Michael Gagliano — came to Torquay to promote the show last month and talked about the production and Beatles fame.

"I think they were so big, because they were the first of their kind," said Michael who plays John Lennon in Let It Be.

"They set the bench mark. They were everyday people. They mirrored society and reflected hope back at us and that's what made them massive."

The talented cast have all spent time mastering their characters in the show and now have their mannerisms, accents and musical skills perfected.

"It's a show where you are playing a part, but you can't put your own stamp on it as you want to give an authentic performance," said James, who is Paul McCartney in the show.

"It's more of an impersonation. Every detail has been fine tuned from the amps to the guitars to the costumes."

As The Beatles are legends, the actors in the show have a lot to live up to and are under scrutiny.

"It comes with a lot of pressure, I've been a lifelong fan and studied Lennon, so to me now, it's second nature. It comes with a lot of responsibility," said Michael, who lived in Torquay in the 1990s.

"I truly believe it's the next best thing to seeing the band.

"I've seen a lot of Beatles tribute bands and we give the ultimate experience and we've gone into painstaking detail to get it right."

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