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Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4BG
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Backbeat brings the story of the emergence of the world’s greatest band, The Beatles, to the London stage.

This musical version of Backbeat, Iain Softley’s 1994 film, follows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe as they embark on their journey from Liverpool’s famous docks to search for success in Hamburg’s insalubrious red light district. Performing in the clubs of the Reeperbahn, they would play rock ‘n’ roll cover after rock ‘n’ roll cover every single night. These musical classic – including Twist And Shout, Long Tall Sally and Mr Postman – are included in the stage musical.

At the heart of Backbeat is the triangular relationship between Lennon, his best friend and The Beatles’s original bassist Sutcliffe, and German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, with whom Kirchherr fell in love.

The stage musical version of Backbeat was first seen at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre in 2010. It is directed in London by the award-winning avid Leveaux.

Cast & Creatives

Oliver Bennett, William Payne, Daniel Healy, Andrew Knott, Nick Blood, Ruta Gedmintas
David Leveaux
Book by
Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys
Karl Sydow

Duke of York's Theatre

St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4BG
0870 060 6623
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Nearest tube
Leicester Square (approx. 100m)/ Charing Cross/Embankment (approx. 200/400m)
Nearest bus
14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176
Nearest train
Charing Cross (approx. 200m)

50% of parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown or Q-Park Trafalgar, both only 5 minutes away from the theatre.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0871 297 5477 Fax: 020 7565 6465 Minicom: 0870 060 6641
Discounts depend on the current production - please check with the Box Office.
Limited mobility
Royal circle is on street level, with 2 steps between rows.
Access description
No steps from the street through 2 sets of swing doors into the foyer. Box Office is straight ahead. No steps to row D of Royal Circle, then 2 steps between each row. Staircases have handrails on both sides and all steps are highlighted. 20 steps down to Stalls and 23 up to Upper Circle (2 steps between rows in the Upper Circle).
Hearing impaired
Dual channel infra-red system with 12 headsets. This covers the whole auditorium except the front boxes. Headsets available from cloakroom. Portable induction loop at Box Office.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium, or staff can dog-sit if preferred. Maximum of 4 guide dogs per performance. You will be seated in an aisle seat. Provisions vary depending on production and customer requirements – please check when booking.
2 spaces for wheelchair users in the third row of the Royal Circle at C23 and C1. Transfer seating at D18 and D1. Wheelchairs stored in the cloakroom in the foyer or in the Royal Circle if there is room. Maximum of 2 wheelchair transferees and 1 scooter per performance.
Women’s up 2 steps from the foyer. Men’s off Stalls bar and Men’s and Women’s off Circle bar.
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet at the back of the Royal Circle, on the right. The turning space is quite tight.
2 licensed bars. Stalls bar down 21 steps from the foyer, moveable seating. Circle bar up 23 steps moveable seating. Ice-cream and soft drinks on sale in cloak room. Beverages can be brought to disabled customers in auditorium – please ask duty manager.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
Age suitability
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Opening night
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