December 1963

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

There were normally two ‘houses’ during the run of The Beatles’ Christmas Show. On this evening, however, there was just one, to give the group, the crew and the other performers enough time to prepare for their New Year celebrations.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

The Beatles performed twice on this day, as part of the continuing run at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London. The season continued until 11 January 1964.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

This was the third night of The Beatles’ Christmas Show, which took place at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London. The show’s 16-night run continued until 11 January 1964.

Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

This was the second night of performances at the Astoria Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, for The Beatles’ 1963 Christmas season specials. The Beatles flew from Liverpool to London during the day, following their Christmas Day break.

The Beatles’ Christmas Show begins

The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, who himself had had theatrical aspirations, conceived The Beatles’ Christmas Show, a variety stage production featuring the group. It ran at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London for 16 nights, ending on 11 January 1964.

Live: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

This was the second preview of The Beatles’ Christmas Show in the north of England, ahead of its full run at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, on 24 December 1963.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Bradford

Prior to the opening of The Beatles Christmas Show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park London, on 24 December 1963, there were two preview concerts held in the north of England. The first was at Bradford’s Gaumont Cinema, with the second taking place the following evening at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.

Radio: From Us To You

On this day The Beatles recorded a two-hour radio special, to be broadcast on the BBC Light Programme service on Boxing Day 1963.

Radio: Saturday Club

The Beatles recorded their contribution to the 1963 Christmas edition of the BBC radio show Saturday Club on this day at the Playhouse Theatre in London.

Television: Thank Your Lucky Stars

This was the second edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars to solely feature acts from Liverpool. The first had been recorded on 23 June 1963.

Live: Wimbledon Palais, London

The Beatles had given a special concert for members of their Northern Area Fan Club in Liverpool on 7 December 1963. One week later they did the same for the Southern Area, with a performance at the Wimbledon Palais in London.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Southampton

The Beatles’ lengthy 1963 Autumn Tour of the UK and Ireland finally came to an end on this day. This was the 34th date of the tour, which had started in Cheltenham on 1 November.

Live: Odeon Cinema, Nottingham

The 33rd and penultimate date of The Beatles’ 1963 Autumn Tour of the UK and Ireland took place at the Odeon Cinema in Nottingham.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster

This was the third and final occasion on which The Beatles performed at Doncaster’s Gaumont Cinema. They had previously visited on 5 February and 22 March 1963.

Live: Odeon Cinema, Southend-on-Sea

This was The Beatles’ second and final concert appearance in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The occasion was the 30th date of their 1963 Autumn Tour of the UK and Ireland.