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LET IT BE UK Tour Opens Next Week; New Dates Added!

Audiences round the country are gearing up to Twist and Shout when the biggest ever tour of The Beatles' celebration show LET IT BE starts next week (Tuesday, 12 January) - and a further five venues have been added to the tour before the curtain even goes up.

The national UK tour will visit 26 theatres across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales between January and July 2016 - entertaining theatregoers with a show spanning the iconic eras of the band's illustrious career.

Opening with six performances at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on 12 January 2016, the tour continues throughout the Spring and Summer months with the final date currently confirmed as 23 July at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.

The mega tour will take in Southend; Southampton; Bromley; Bath; Torquay; Truro; Sheffield; Manchester; Wimbledon; Dublin; Woking; Blackpool; York; Swansea; Edinburgh; Birmingham; Aylesbury; Darlington; Canterbury; Bristol and Oxford.

Dates have now been added for Eastbourne; Dartford; Nottingham; Leeds and Brighton. Further venues are expected to be announced.

The start of the new tour coincides with the 53rd anniversary of The Beatles' second single, Please Please Me - which was released on 11 January 1963. Over half a century later, The Beatles have never been so popular with a real resurgence in the band's popularity and new fans discovering their music.

LET IT BE audiences can look forward to a show lasting more than two hours bursting with timeless hits, showstopping sets, dazzling costumes and a brilliant performance which fans will never forget. The show also continues to attract theatregoers and fans of live music, alongside the most dedicated Beatles' enthusiasts.

LET IT BE will take to the road thanks to Annerin Productions and Flying Entertainment.

A cast of talented musicians will take to stages across the country as the Fab Four, wowing audiences with their effortless and indistinguishable portrayal as John, Paul, George and Ringo. The performers have already toured the show to some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.

The cast have been confirmed as Paul Canning and Reuven Gershon (John Lennon); Emanuele Angeletti and Iain Hornal (Paul McCartney); John Brosnan and Paul Mannion (George Harrison); Luke Roberts (Ringo Starr). The band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by Michael Bramwell on keyboards.

Derek Nicol, joint Managing Director of Flying Entertainment, commented: "The time has come to take LET IT BE on the road for its biggest ever tour - it's an incredibly exciting time for the show and we're delighted to add another five venues to the tour before it's even started.

"We have an extremely talented cast who have performed the show to audiences on New York's Broadway, in London's West End, and toured across Europe and Japan. The show's most recent run was in Liverpool, where they certainly know their stuff when it comes to The Beatles. They truly welcomed LET IT BE into their hearts, the response was fantastic and we knew it was time to share the show with the rest of the country through a 26-venue tour spanning seven months.

"The show will have audiences on their feet from the very start. They won't be able to help themselves thanks to the iconic songbook from the world's biggest band. We're also looking forward to entertaining the next generation of Beatles' fans."

LET IT BE celebrates the music of the world's most successful rock 'n' roll band in a spectacular concert charting the band's meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. They were just four boys from Liverpool who went on to change the world.

The show celebrates music history's greatest ever worldwide phenomenon and is packed with over 40 of The Beatles' greatest hits, 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. Travel back to the Swinging Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

The show has already wowed London's West End and New York's Broadway audiences. It recently completed a five-week run in the birthplace of the biggest band in the world, Liverpool, where it enjoyed 5-star rave reviews and sell-out performances at Royal Court Theatre Liverpool.

The Liverpool run coincided with what would have been John Lennon's 75th Birthday, breaking box office records at Royal Court Theatre Liverpool as the venue's fastest selling show.

Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, LET IT BE continues to delight audiences across the globe, having recently performed to audiences in Germany, Japan, Moscow, and France.

LET IT BE has established itself as one of the West End's most popular shows since originally opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in September 2012, where it recouped its initial investment after just 18 weeks before transferring for a year-long run at the Savoy Theatre from January 2013 through to February 2014. Before moving to Royal Court Theatre Liverpool, the show completed an 8-month run at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.

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FULL TOUR LISTING

SOUTHEND

Cliffs Pavilion

12 January - 16 January 2016

01702 351 135

www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON

Mayflower

18 January - 23 January 2016

02380 711811

www.mayflower.org.uk

BROMLEY

Churchill Theatre

25 January - 30 January 2016

0844 871 7620

www.atgtickets.com/bromley

BATH

Theatre Royal

1 February - 6 February 2016

01225 448 844

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

TORQUAY

Princess Theatre

8 February - 13 February 2016

0844 871 3023

www.atgtickets.com/torquay

TRURO

Hall for Cornwall

15 February - 20 February 2016

01872 262 466

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

SHEFFIELD

Lyceum Theatre

22 February - 27 February 2016

0114 249 6000

www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

MANCHESTER

Opera House

29 February - 5 March 2016

0844 871 3018

www.atgtickets.com/manchester

WIMBLEDON

New Theatre

7 March - 12 March 2016

0844 871 7646

www.atgtickets.com/wimbledon

DUBLIN

Board Gais Energy Theatre

14 March - 19 March 2016

00353 (1) 677 7999

www.boardgaisenergytheatre.ie

WOKING

New Victoria Theatre

21 March - 26 March 2016

0844 871 7645

www.atgtickets.com/woking

BLACKPOOL

Grand Theatre

28 March - 2 April 2016

01253 290 190

www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

YORK

Grand Opera House

4 April - 9 April 2016

0844 871 3024

www.atgtickets.com/york

SWANSEA

Grand Theatre

11 April - 16 April 2016

01792 475 715

www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre

EDINBURGH
Playhouse Theatre

18 April - 23 April 2016

0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

BIRMINGHAM

Hippodrome

25 April - 30 April 2016

0844 338 5000

www.birminghamhippodrome.com

AYLESBURY

Waterside Theatre

2 May - 7 May 2016

0844 871 7607

www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

DARLINGTON

Civic Theatre

9 May - 14 May 2016

01325 486 555

www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

EASTBOURNE

Congress Centre

1 June - 4 June 2016

01323 412 000

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

CANTERBURY

Marlowe Theatre

6 June - 11 June 2016

01227 787 787

www.marlowetheatre.com

BRISTOL

Hippodrome

13 June - 18 June 2016

0844 871 3012

www.atgtickets.com/bristol

OXFORD

New Theatre

20 June - 25 June 2016

0844 871 3020

www.atgtickets.com/oxford

DARTFORD (on sale 13 January 2016)

Orchard Theatre

27 June - 2 July 2016

01322 220 000

www.orchardtheatre.com

NOTTINGHAM

Royal Concert Hall

5 July - 9 July 2016

0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

LEEDS (on sale 27 January 2016)

Grand Theatre

11 July - 16 July 2016

0844 848 2700

www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

BRIGHTON (on sale 18 January 2016)

Theatre Royal

18 July - 23 July 2016

0844 871 7650

www.atgtickets.com/brighton



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