Hundreds of Beatles fans are trying out for a new West End musical based on the lives of the Fab Four – the first to have the rights to play songs by the sixties group.
Let It Be will take the form of a gig of 20 songs from different stages of the band's life and include real footage of their rise to fame.
Two sets of four Beatles will eventually be chosen from the hopefuls along with two keyboardists – or Fifth Beatles – to provide backing and effects for some of the band's later hits which were never performed live.
Auditions at the Gielgud Theatre, in London, came a week after others were held at the Cavern Club in Liverpool – where the Beatles played their first gigs.
It is the first West End show to be granted the rights to the band's back catalogue.
Let it Be will have a limited run at the Prince of Wales Theatre, where the Beatles played the 1963 Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen Mother.
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