Original Beatles drummer Pete Best is set to make his acting debut — portraying himself.
Best will appear in a new stage play called Lennon’s Banjo that will premiere this spring at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, U.K. Best will appear in three of the performances during the production’s 15-show run, scheduled from April 24 to May 5, 2018.
Lennon’s Banjo blends fact and fiction in telling the comedic tale for the search to find the long-lost first instrument John Lennon learned to play as a child: a banjo that belonged to his mother, Julia. The play was written by Rob Fennah, and was based on a 2012 novel called Julia’s Banjo, co-written by Fennah and Helen A. Jones.
Best says in a press statement that he became interested in the project after reading Julia’s Banjo.
“It made me smile; a really enjoyable read,” he notes. “So, when speaking to Rob Fennah about the book becoming a stage play, I said in passing, ‘I should play me!’ And low and behold, here I am doing a few of the performances.”
Pete will be featured in the two performances scheduled for April 25, as well as in the final show of the run, on the evening of May 5.
“I would have loved to have done all of them but prior commitments made that impossible,” Best adds. “Anyway, either with me, or the actor playing me, this show is going to be great fun!”
Hennah, meanwhile, says, he “was gobsmacked” when Best agreed to be in the play, adding, “Having a real life Beatle up there on stage is going to be a fantastic buzz, not just for those fortunate enough to get tickets for the shows Pete is performing in, but for the whole cast and crew.”
For more info, visit LennonBanjo.com.
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