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The Beatles Perform Shakespeare, 1964 In April of 1964, just a month after their famous debut on the Ed Sullivan show the Beatles performed a sketch from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream as part of a one-hour Beatles television special. Britain, at the time, was celebrating the Bard’s 400th birthday. Paul and John.

The Beatles, backstage at the Odeon Cinema, Southend-on-Sea, 31 May 1963 Photo: Derek Cross ““Paul was always the friendliest, almost playing the host: ‘C’mon in, the party’s just fine. This is John,...