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Savoy Theatre

Strand WC2R 0ET

Let It Be

Savoy Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Savoy Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 1st Feb 13
Opens 1st Feb 13
Closes 8th Feb 14

Show Times

Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri & Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Sat & Sun 3.00 pm
Sunday 7.00 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 15min

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




In a Studio complex a single named Mellow Yellow was being recorded by Donavan. It was  being put together in an atmosphere rife with views and not much confidence. They were thinking it was twee and other bits of tremulous commentary. At about 4.30pm the vibe was apparently bad in the absence of thoughts of imminent success. The arranger was straining at arranging and MD-ing away and nobody was happy. They had been at it for hours and hours with the clock ticking.

Paul McCartney walked in and started moving to it and exclaimed 'Great! this is the best song i've heard for months.' or something like that. There was a radical mood swing.

A creative influx of ideas swung from one to another among the people creating the single and as it went round town that Paul loved it it they all put their best behind it. It was a massive hit. Paul wasn't known for raving about songs willy nilly.

Paul could hear a good song.  Well after all he wrote rather a lot of them himself.


A gut-full of Beatles.

Transferred from the Prince of Wales Theatre.

You can't blame em really.  The guys who did the Beatles lookalike show for the West End hit on a formula which is bound to appeal to the masses and make a few bob while they are at it.  And why not?  They did it OK. It's always gone down well at parties.  Many an Irish band who do covers to get party gigs earn an honest living at it. Playing it safe it's called BUT if it's well mimicked, it's well done. said to be more like a concert really. Good luck to them.

Let It Be - PerformerThe thing about jukebox shows is that they are always a lot of fun because at the theatre you can get involved, sing along,'even bop a little when the band gets the bop as well as the notes. Especially, as in this case, the musicians clearly love the gig themselves.  That's all too important in any performance of course. A crowd with like minds gets you going even if you would 'Never" normally...... Authenticity is enhanced by screens either side of the stage showing montages of clips.

One rather sickening trailer, refreshingly short, does get a glimpse of the energy the audience have gained from the feeling of involvement - even the sly politician who got his own agenda in there-quick as a flash -  looked more animated than usual.  It sounds as though the first night was a bit stiff at first - then melted with the gently weeping guitar.

Cool Trailer

Just one thing to remember though - the SONGS were the reality of beatlemania all along.  As much as the press tried to put the fab four down by relentlessly pursuing them as people. The band itself only survived eight years. However because  the songs per se are generally great - the people voted with their wallets despite the shock-horror of the marsbar and more.

The people will flock to this show and enjoy themselves because the radio and TV controllers have been flooding the airwaves with horrible tuneless bopless, synthetic sounds and also flouting rapped up whining nasties. The media show producers have a guideline of "something "new" because they seem to imagine the public are just fashion followers like themselves. Why do they do this?  Do they really have cloth ears enough to think the synths have charisma? Would a synth 'beat' track do this to a young girl now? Well does it? No and that "suits them suits"

Let It Be Young Girls
courtesy BBC Archives

Epstein's much repeated boast was that he backed the Beatles though he didn't like the music. He clearly saw money in them charisma hills.  He had boasted in the days of 'Love Me Do" that "these lads would be bigger than Elvis". Still all over the world children grow up practicing 'being Elvis' and there must still be thousands of people competing to win prizes 'doing' his songs. Maybe this show will get more children practicing Paul or mimicking John.  The air guitar is maybe the most played instrument ever. Perhaps when folk eventually put their TVs outside the door... oh yes They will be lining up soon enough.

Let It Be - Full Cast

The power of the familiar.  Even this picture taken from Google's images for a  'beatles' search has such a familiar feel to it that the faces imagined are, apparently, comforting enough.

Let It Be - The Beatles

There's little doubt that a night out with some good tunes and interesting words is bound to lift the spirits  - so booking a seat or four for all the family will be a night well spent in both senses of the word.


  • Emanuelle Angeletti
  • Reuven Gershon
  • Stephen Hill
  • Luke Roberts
  • James Fox
  • Michael Gagliano
  • John Brosnan
  • Phil Martin

  • Director - John Maher
  • Design - Tim McQuillen Wright
  • Lighting - Stephan Gotschel
  • Sound - Gareth Owen
  • Video Design - Darren McCaulley & Mathieu St-Arnaud
  • Casting - Pippa Ailion
  • Costume - Jack Galloway
  • Musical Supervisor - John Maher
  • Producer - Jamie Hendry Productions, Annerin Productions, Rain Productions, BB Promotion, MagicSpace Entertainment & Julian Stoneman Associates
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