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All-star cast in rehearsals for world premiere of new comedy Lennon’s Banjo

All-star cast in rehearsals for world premiere of new comedy Lennon’s Banjo

by Culture Liverpool

New stage comedy Lennon’s Banjo makes its world stage premiere in Liverpool in less than two weeks – and rehearsals are well underway for curtain up at the Epstein Theatre on Tuesday 24 April.

The all-star cast have been locked away in rehearsals as they prepare for the show. Excitement is mounting and the countdown is now on until audiences take their seats for this hotly anticipated comedy which tells the fascinating story of John Lennon’s missing banjo which is now worth millions to whoever finds it.

Lennon’s Banjo runs at the Epstein Theatre from Tuesday 24 April, continuing through to Saturday 5 May. Tickets are already selling fast!

The eight-strong line-up took a break from their busy rehearsal schedule for some real Liverpool fun and frolics aboard the world-famous Magical Mystery Tour bus, taking in the sights and sounds of the city.

Cast members Eric Potts, Mark Moraghan, Jake Abraham, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Stephanie Dooley, Alan Stocks, and Roy Carruthers were joined by The Beatles original drummer Pete Best to officially launch the show.

Pete Best will make his stage acting debut when he plays himself during three special performances during the two-week run.

Pete’s shows are the 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm performance on Wednesday 25 April, and the 7.30pm show on Saturday 5 May.  Alan Stocks will portray Pete Best in all other performances. The evening performance on 25 April is sold out.

Pete Best commented: “Lennon’s Banjo is an extremely exciting project to be part of, and I’m thrilled to join such a fantastic cast. The story is fascinating, a real mix of fact and fiction with lots of laughs along the way, so I just know that audiences will fully immerse themselves in the show. The team are so warm and welcoming, and I’m really looking forward to making my stage debut as part of such a great line-up.”

Lennon’s Banjo is set in present day Liverpool. The quest is on to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia – the missing banjo on which John Lennon was first taught to play music by his mother Julia Lennon, who first introduced the youngster to rock and roll.

Mysteriously, the banjo went missing shortly after Julia’s death. One thing is certain though, if it did resurface it is estimated to be worth in the region of five million pounds.

When Beatles tour guide Barry Seddon (Eric Potts) finds a letter written by John Lennon, he unearths a clue to solving the greatest mystery in pop history – the whereabouts of Lennon’s first musical instrument which has been missing for 60 years. But Barry’s loose tongue alerts Texan dealer Travis Lawson (Danny O’Brien) to the priceless relic.

In an attempt to get his hands on the letter and the clues, he persuades his wife Cheryl (Stephanie Dooley) to befriend the hapless tour guide and win his affections. The race to find Lennon’s Banjo is on!

Lennon’s Banjo is based on the 2012 novel Julia’s Banjo written by Rob Fennah and Helen A Jones. The play is produced by Rob Fennah and Pulse Records Ltd in association with Bill Elms and directed by Mark Heller.

The race to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia is on!

The Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field project is the official charity partner of Lennon’s Banjo.

Lennon’s Banjo’s are delighted to be working with its Fab Four Production Partners who are The Cavern Club Liverpool, The Beatles Story, Hard Days Night Hotel, and The Beatles Shop.

For more info visit www.lennonsbanjo.com

LISTING INFORMATION

LENNON’S BANJO

Epstein Theatre Liverpool
Tuesday 24 April – Saturday 5 May 2018

Evenings 7.30pm | Wed & Sat Mats 2.30pm | Sun 29th April 5pm

Preview Performance 24th April and 25th April matinee – ALL SEATS £16

Group Rates Available

HOW TO BOOK

EPSTEIN THEATRE

ONLINE:          www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

CALL:               0844 888 4411

IN PERSON:     Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ | Mon-Thu 2pm-6pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-6pm

TICKETQUARTER
ONLINE:
          www.ticketquarter.co.uk

CALL:               0844 8000 410

IN PERSON:     Echo Arena Box Office, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP |

12 noon on Echo Arena event days, and from 9am – 6pm on Fridays

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