Live: The Beatles’ Christmas Show

6.00pm, Friday 27 December 1963 (50 years ago)

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.

Poster for The Beatles' Christmas Show, 1963-64The first act on stage was the Barron Knights and Duke D’Mond. Next came short sets from Tommy Quickly and The Fourmost, and Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas closed the first half. Following the interval there was a return from the Barron Knights and Duke D’Mond, then Cilla Black, and Rolf Harris. The Beatles were the final act of each show, with a performance lasting just 25 minutes.

The Beatles’s set featured nine songs: Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, This Boy, I Wanna Be Your Man, She Loves You, Till There Was You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

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