Review: Let It Be, Lyceum Theatre

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It’s quite an undertaking to recreate the biggest band ever on stage and give just a flavour of how much four lads from Liverpool changed music forever but this show achieves that very well.

The show combines performances of 42 of The Beatles’ songs and multi-media images to restage many days in the life, from performing in The Cavern in Liverpool in the early 1960s to when Paul McCartney left in 1970.

The show got off to a quiet start but the fake Fab Four turned on the charm in the manner of their heroes and coaxed the audience up on to their feet to dance, clap and sing along.

The party really got started towards the end of the first half during a section based on The Beatles’ incredible performance to a gigantic crowd at Shea Stadium near New York in 1965. Clever sound effects emulated the sheer noise of Beatlemania at its height.

Reuven Gershon was the most convincing as John Lennon, both in terms of voice and personality, but Emanuele Angeletti took a while to get into his stride as Paul McCartney. Stephen Hill showed incredible musical ability as ‘quiet lad’ George Harrison and Luke Roberts was an effective Ringo.

The best parts were when the show turned into a Beatles concert you wished you’d been to, complete with two encores. Storming stuff.