Production is set to be launched in April 2016
A new stage musical based on The Beatles‘ album recording sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios is set to be made.
A replica of the iconic building’s Studio Two will be built at the capital’s Royal Albert Hall for the production, which is set to open next April.
The musical is expected to show how the Fab Four’s albums, including ‘Revolver’ and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, were made at the studio.
The musical’s producer, Stig Edgren, told The Times: “It will be a musical documentary giving audiences an honest, respectful and accurate re-creation of how music history was made”.
Edgren also insisted that actors will not impersonate the Fab Four, adding: “I didn’t want it to be another lookalike show…We’re not trying to look like The Beatles. We [are] trying to sound like them. The idea is you’re watching them in recording session mode.”
The St Johns Wood recording studio, will begin to offer “training and education in audio engineering and music production” to students aged 18 and over.
12 month courses will be located at the north London complex, with promises of “an apprenticeship approach to training: practical, ‘hands-on’ with all the relevant theory delivered… by industry professionals”.
Luca Barassi, the head of the Abbey Road Institute, said of the project: “Synonymous with excellence in recorded music for more than 80 years, Abbey Road’s continued success is largely due to its staff and their knowledge. Now we will be able to share some of this expertise in a course which will provide first-class vocational training for people interested in forging a career in the music industry.”
The Abbey Road Institute are accepting applications for a “select number” of places to start in September 2015. Additional institutes will also launch in Berlin, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney.