“Two of Us” at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre is a phenomenal show that celebrates the iconic songwriting partnership of Lennon and McCartney. Starring Mark Newnham and Tom Connor, who gave very convincing performances as the legendary duo, the show takes audiences on a journey from the early Beatles hits like “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do” through to their rooftop concert, showcasing the band’s journey from Liverpool to America and to the East during their psychedelic period. The story of the eventual breakup of the Beatles is also skilfully weaved into the performance, providing a well-rounded and emotive experience.
The musical performances were exceptional, and apart from the lack of screaming teenagers, it was almost like being at an actual Beatles concert. The audience was treated to gentle ballads like McCartney’s “Yesterday” and Lennon’s “Julia,” which were performed with great sensitivity and emotion. The show also has roof-raising numbers such as “Revolution” and “A Day in the Life,” which have the lovely art deco theatre echoing back to its rock concert heyday. The excellent band featuring Ben Gladwin on Keyboard, Greg Joy on drums, Adam Keast on bass, and Mike Woodvine on guitar, all talented musicians in their own right, was a true asset to the production.
One standout performer was the ambidextrous Tom Connor, who showed off his impressive skills by playing the piano, as well as the left-handed Höfner bass and regular right-handed six-string acoustic guitar. The musical direction by Howard Grey was spot-on, and the show was expertly directed by Bob Eaton, bringing the story of Lennon and McCartney to life in a way that was both touching and entertaining.
In conclusion, “Two of Us” is an outstanding tribute to the iconic Beatles duo, Lennon and McCartney, not to be missed. The production showcases their legendary music and provides a glimpse into the personalities behind the music, highlighting their friendship and eventual split.
The exceptional performances and outstanding musicianship, combined with the great direction, makes for an unforgettable experience that will warm the heart of any Beatles fan and be remembered for years to come.
The show runs until 25th February. Tickets cost from £15 and are available from the box office or online.