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The Beatles Perform Shakespeare in Color, 1964

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The Fab Four take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The Beatles: iconic craze-starters, tireless tourers, comic book heroes, vintage children’s book protagonists, animation pioneers, and one timelessly photogenic bunch. In 1964, the Fab Four added another art under their belt — live theater — when they performed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in color, to the sound of shouting hecklers (scripted, part of the play) and someone yelling “Go back to Liverpool!” (unscripted, decidedly unshakespearean). Enjoy.

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