Glass Onion Stars Visit The Beatles Story

THE cast members from acclaimed play Lennon: Through A Glass Onion took a break from rehearsals in Liverpool to visit an exhibition featuring some of The Beatles’ front man’s most iconic memorabilia. Actor Daniel Taylor and pianist Stewart D’Arrietta are busy putting the final touches to the show, which opens tonight at the Epstein Theatre. But they took a break from rehearsals to visit the Beatles Story attraction at Albert Dock Liverpool. Lennon: Through A Glass Onion runs at the Hanover Street theatre for two weeks from Monday 18 until Friday 29 April. There will be 14 performances across the two weeks, including four matinees. The show has the blessing of John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. The production, which focuses on Beatles legend John Lennon, opened in Australia and has played Off Broadway New York, before wowing audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival where the Epstein team saw it and opened discussions to bring the play to its spiritual home of Liverpool. Amongst the artefacts on display at the Beatles Story at Albert Dock Liverpool and Pier Head Liverpool, Daniel and Stewart saw John Lennon’s iconic orange tinted round spectacles; the last piano he ever played; and The White Room which features a full replica of the grand piano from Imagine. Liverpool actor Daniel Taylor, who hails from West Derby, portrays John Lennon, revealing the essence of the life of a true icon. Daniel has won critical acclaim as the lead role in The Tommy Cooper Show, he has played Sammy in Blood Brothers, and recently appeared as Mickey in Down The Dock Road. Daniel commented: “The play features 31 songs and lots of monologues so rehearsals are intense. So taking a short break to visit the Beatles Story to see some of John’s most treasured items and some of his most iconic images has been such a fitting and inspirational experience before the show opens tonight. “I feel so compelled to play John. John belongs to this city and audiences put their trust in you, so I want to represent him in the very best way that I can. I also want to bring out the fun and feisty side of John. The Beatles played at my Auntie’s 21st Birthday and were kicked off the stage by my Nanna – not many people can say that!” Daniel will be joined by accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta, from Australia. Stewart recently enjoyed a nine-month New York run of his Tom Waits show, Belly of a Drunken Piano. Earlier this year, he was the musical director for The White Album Concert by The Beatles, performing on stage at the world famous Sydney Opera House. Stewart added: “The show takes audiences on a journey inside the man and the problems he faced as a youngster, we get to the vulnerabilities of John. We peel away the layers of the onion to reveal the real man. “I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in Liverpool, what a fantastic musical city with so much talent. The people are incredible, and everyone seems to have a story about John Lennon or The Beatles – even our very own Daniel. We cannot wait to perform for audiences in Liverpool, they have such a sense of humour. We are going to have a ball.” The Beatles Story has produced a blog on its website following the visit of Daniel and Stewart, it can be found at http://www.beatlesstory.com/blog/2016/04/13/through-a-glass-onion-cast-members-visit-the-beatles-story/ Lennon: Through A Glass Onion is written by John Waters and produced by Harley Medcalf. The show is part-concert, part-biography and celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon. It features 31 iconic hits of Lennon and his collaborations with McCartney including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Woman, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Working Class Hero, and Jealous Guy. LENNON: THROUGH A GLASS ONION Monday 18 April – Friday 29 April 2016 Evening shows: 7.30pm Matinee shows: 1.30pm Thursday 21 April / Saturday 23 April / Thursday 28 April / Friday 29 April Tickets: £15 – £25 THE EPSTEIN THEATRE 85 Hanover Street Liverpool L1 3DZ HOW TO BOOK: Call 0844 888 4411, visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk or book in person at The Epstein Theatre box office open 2pm-6pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-6pm Friday-Saturday