Theatre Review: Let It Be - Prince Of Wales Theatre, London ✭✭✭

Let It Be
Prince Of Wales Theatre

Friday 21st September: Here we go again, another Jukebox Musical to grace the West End stage. Does this one work? Well sort of, but then again not. It is billed as a 'Theatrical Concert', so don't go with high hopes of a story of the life of the Fab Four.

Let It Be is exactly what it says on the tin, a concert with a huge string of hits from The Beatles, being played by four look a likes. Emanuele Angeletti is a rather uncanny resemblance of Paul McCartney with the voice and mannerisms to go with it, if only he played guitar left handed too then he would be spot on. Reuven Gershon as John Lennon again looks the part, along with Stephen Hill as George Harrison. Phil Martin however as Ringo Starr plays the drums with the energy and gusto of the former Beatle, but lacks the looks. They are joined by keyboard player Michael Bramwell throughout, and they sound really good on stage.

But alas, this is all the show has going for it, a decent sound with a back catalogue of all the biggest hits in music from Love Me Do, Yesterday, I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Let It Be. There are video sequences being played on large televisions either side of the stage, but these only work in the costume changes, you cant really watch them during the numbers as they distract you from the performance on stage. There is nothing much else to see, apart from the five on stage playing Beatles tracks.

Yes the audience were up on their feet singing away to Hey Jude at the end with the obligatory glitter drop, but that is what Beatles songs do to you, you sing along!

If you are a die hard Beatles fan, then this show is right up your street, if not, then go and watch it anyway for the talents of the musicians on stage, but don't expect anything other than a concert.

3 stars out of 5 ✭✭✭

Prince of Wales Theatre, London W1D 6AS
From September 2012
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat 7.30pm
Thu & Sat 3pm
Sun 5pm
Tickets £20-£60
Box office 0844 482 5115
Group rates available