Welcome to A Hard Day’s Night with the Beatles live and interactive virtual experience!
Be transported back to the 60s in London to see these places and more on this online tour, from the comfort of your own home.
• Get Back to the place where the opening scenes for A Hard Day’s Night were filmed
• the restaurant featured in Help!
• the former Apple Shop which had the psychedelic mural painted on the wall
• the registry office where two of the Beatles were married
• the apartment where Ringo, Jimi Hendrix and John and Yoko all lived – and where the Two Virgins album cover was taken.
• we’ll also see the house where Paul lived with Jane Asher. It was here that John and Paul wrote I Want To Hold Your Hand, and Paul dreamt one of his most famous songs.
A Hard Day’s Night, the Beatles first film, was born out of the fact that film makers United Artists wanted to release a Beatles soundtrack album in America, and for that they needed a film. It was to be done quickly and cheaply, and the easiest way was for the Beatles to play themselves, showing how trapped they were in the middle of Beatlemania. The opening scenes are chaos and mayhem, with fans – real ones, no need for extras with hundreds of fans following the Beatles everywhere they went – running, screaming, chasing John, Paul, George, Ringo, – and Paul’s Grandad – around Marylebone Station in London. The Beatles did not have to put on much acting, as this was part of their daily life. When George falls over and hurts his knee, this was an accident – and a painful one for him! – but the director Richard Lester kept it in, and it captures the spirit of the film – the Beatles are the victims of their own success.
This is a live online tour, and that there will be a Q & A session at the end. It is a great opportunity to meet fans from around the world!
I am Richard Porter, author of the book Guide to the Beatles London; writer and presenter of The Beatles’ London’ DVD; and a guide of 30 years experience. I was the President of the London Beatles Fan Club for 10 years and was a former winner of the ‘Beatles Brain of Britain’ competition. I organised the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road, and was on the committee that erected a blue plaque to commemorate the Beatles famous ‘Rooftop concert’ at 3 Savile Row. In short, I am Super Fanatical Beatles Fan!