Video: The Beatles Perform Pyramus and Thisbe

Two of my favourite artists, The Beatles and William Shakespeare, combined in an unexpcted way. Here’s the full clip of the fab four performing the Pyramus and Thisbe play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on one of the many television shows they did in the early days of Beatlemania (I’m not sure which one). It’s a bit of fun, but also interesting to note that a popular band would do such a thing on TV back in the ’60s. Can we assume from this that a large part of the young audience were familiar with the play back then? I can’t imagine a pop band of today doing anything like this, at any rate.



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