Glasgow to stage World Premier of Beatles Film Backbeat in Feb 2010

Posted: 18th December 2009

In February 2010, the stage adaptation of the hit Beatles movie 'Backbeat', which tracked the life and early demise of original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and his close relationship with John Lennon and German photographer Astrid Kirchherr will hit the UK stage.

Based on the popular (and pretty great!) 1994 film of the same name, the stage adaptation is written and directed by the writer and director of the film, Iain Softley.

The stage version will feature Alex Robertson as artist/ bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, Andrew Knott (John Lennon), Isabella Calthorpe (Astrid Kirchherr) with Paul McCartney being played by Daniel Healy, who between them have appeared in the stage/ TV shows: Dirty Dancing on Stage, Gavin & Stacey, Life on Mars, The History Boys, 13 Hours and Daddy's Girl amongst others.

Set predominantly in Hamburg, Backbeat tells the story of the Beatles early knock-backs, and them being on the cusp of success, with the bulk of the story focussing on Stuart Sutcliffe's relationship with the four most important things in his life (at the time): John Lennon, Astrid Kirchherr, Art and Music. Featuring the Rock 'n Roll of the Beatles' early years, the music will be played by a live band.

The show will make its world premiere at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre on Thursday 9th February, running until Saturday 6th March (Mondays to Saturdays). Tickets range from £9.50-£14.50 for Tuesday to Thursday performances, £10-£17 for Friday and Saturday, and an extremely pocket-friendly £7 for Mondays - available from The Citizens' website or box office (0141 429 0022).

Daniel O'Connell