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1963, London Prince of Wales

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4th November, 1963
Prince Of Wales Theatre, London

This was the night that Beatlemania hit the Royal Variety Performance. The Beatles
attracted ecstatic fans outside the Prince of Wales theatre and through the Sunday
rehearsals the noise of the throng could be heard by the artistes on stage. It
was necessary to construct a screened passageway between the theatre and the
hotel next door, where the Beatles were staying, in order to get them in and
out of the theatre without being seen. The effect of the crowds obviously affected
the other artistes on the bill and Marlene Dietrich made a point of always being in
evidence when the photographers were around! During rehearsal Paul McCartney
managed to get his guitar caught in the curtains, but on the night itself the Beatles
took the show by storm and John Lennon passed into Royal Variety history when
he made his celebrated suggestion that those in the cheap seats should clap their
hands; the rest could just rattle their jewellery. You can watch their full performance
by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
AND
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARGARET

Presented by: Bernard Delfont
Musical Director: Harold Collins
Producer: Robert Nesbitt

THE BILLY PETCH DANCERS
THE CLARK BROTHERS
MAX BYGRAVES
LUIS ALBERTO DEL PARANA and LOS PARAGUAYOS
CHARLIE DRAKE with TESSA DAVEES and
the eight charlies
susan maughan
THE BEATLES (see their performance below)
DICKIE HENDERSON
FRANCIS BRUNN
BUDDY GRECO
NADIA NERINA
(with the cast of sleeping beauty)
JOE LOSS AND HIS ORCHESTRA WITH
ROSE BRENNAN, ROSS MCMANUS, LARRY GRETTON, THE BILLY PETCH DANCERS.
"sTEPTOE & SON"
WITH WILFRED BRAMBELL, HARRY H.CORBETT
"PINKY & PERKY & company" :
jan and vlasta dalibor
eric sykes and hattie jacques
michael flanders and donalD swann
marlene dietrich with burt bacHarach
tommy steele
(with the half a sixpence company)
harry secombe
(with the pickwick company)


The beatles WITH marlene dietrich



The BEATLES following their ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE



the cast of the 1963 royal variety performance line up to be congratulated by her royal highness the queen mother and princess margaret.



the beatles during rehearsals for their royal variety performance

 


The Beatles in dressing room, prior to going on stage: Royal Variety Performance 1963

Beatles RVP Rehearsals
The Beatles in Royal Variety reheasals. Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Nov 4, 1963

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