Live: Rialto Theatre, York

8.00pm, Wednesday 27 February 1963 (51 years ago)

The headliner of The Beatles’ first UK tour, Helen Shapiro, was ill for a second consecutive day, and so didn’t perform on this day.

In her place at the top of the bill was Danny Williams. Billie Davis also appeared for a second night to fill the show’s line-up.

This was the first of four occasions on which The Beatles appeared at York’s Rialto Theatre. The others all took place in 1963, on 13 March, 29 May and 27 November.

The Rialto opened on 25 November 1935. It had 1,800 seats and was used as a cinema until 1961. The venue closed in 2002 and was demolished to make way for a bingo hall car park.

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