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Item 5027 - Brian Epstein Signed Program Catalog 524 (Mar 2018)

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Original program for 'Another Beatles Christmas Show,' presented at the Hammersmith Odeon from December 24, 1964, to January 16, 1965, 8.25 x 10.75, signed vertically on the front cover in pencil by Brian Epstein. The covers feature printed holiday illustrations by John Lennon, taken from the Christmas edition of 'In His Own Write.' In fine condition, with scattered light foxing. As a result of the enormous success of the inaugural edition of The Beatles' Christmas Show—an extravaganza which drew 100,000 fans to London's Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park for the twice-nightly, 16-day run between December 24, 1963 and January 11, 1964—manager Brian Epstein booked a larger venue for the second and final edition, the Hammersmith Odeon, adding four additional days of performances to the twice-nightly show that would be attended by 132,000 fans. Billed as Another Beatles Christmas Show, this time extending from Christmas Eve until January 16, the formula remained the same with music, pantomime sketches, comedy, and a number of special guests. With support from The Yardbirds, Freddie & The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated, The Mike Cotton Sound, Michael Haslam, Elkie Brooks, Ray Fell, and DJ Jimmy Savile, the throngs of fans were treated to a pantomime sketch featuring The Beatles dressed as Antarctic explorers searching for the Abominable Snowman (Jimmy Savile). They closed the show with an 11-song set, which included their current double-sided #1 single, 'I Feel Fine' and ‘She's A Woman.'

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