Who was the fifth Beatle? Was it Stuart Sutcliffe, the band’s bassist and John Lennon’s art-school pal, who died tragically young in 1962? Was it Brian Epstein, the shrewd manager who helped to make them famous? Or George Martin, the producer and arranger behind many of their best-loved recordings?
That’s one of the fan-fodder debates in Rob Fennah’s new comedy, which features yet another contender for that title: Pete Best, the Beatles’ drummer from 1960 to 1962, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr. The play pretends to be a mystery caper — Fennah (of the 1970s Wirral band Buster) even has the leading character repeatedly compare its lame exploits to The Da Vinci Code.
Really, though, it’s just an excuse to wallow in hackneyed…