Watch Peter Sellers perform The Beatles ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in a Shakespearean voice
Back in 1965, at the height of the Beatlemania pandemonium, a television special designed to honour two of the members of the iconic Liverpool bands was launched and titled The Music of Lennon & McCartney.
Exploring the songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the TV show was produced by Granada Television and aired on that network on December 16th, 1965. With scripted narration from The Beatles duo, the show generally consisted of numerous well-known artists of the time miming along to iconic Beatles songs.
Despite the likes of Lulu, Dick Rivers, Esther Phillips, Cilla Black and more all making an appearance, it was the effort of comedian and actor Peter Sellers which has remained the most memorable act of the show. Sellars might have displayed his acting artistry in Stanley Kubrick films Lolita and Dr. Strangelove in the immediate years prior to his appearance on The Music of Lennon & McCartney, but nothing can compare to the Shakespearean masterclass he muscled up for the crowd that day.
Reading the lyrics of Beatles song ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, Sellers was tasked with reinterpreting the track in a comical effort which resembled Laurence Olivier’s 1955 performance of the opening soliloquy taken from Richard III.