Filming: A Hard Day’s Night

Following their four-day Easter break, The Beatles returned to London’s Scala Theatre to film the concert performance sequence which marked the climax of the A Hard Day’s Night film.

The performance took place in front of 350 fans, each of whom was paid a standard union fee for their appearance. Among them was Phil Collins, then a 13-year-old child actor, but later to find fame with Genesis and as a solo artist.

In the film The Beatles are shown miming to four songs: ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘If I Fell’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’ and ‘She Loves You’. They also filmed others, including ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’, but these were unused in the final cut.

The Beatles filming A Hard Day's Night at the Scala Theatre, London, March 1964

Last updated: 30 March 2017
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