The Beatles Perform Shakespeare

The Beatles take on the roles of the "rude mechanicals," performing the Pyramus and Thisbee scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1964.
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In honor of Shakespeare's 400 birthday, the Fab Four performed the scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for a TV special called "Around the Beatles." Aired originally on April 28, 1964, the skit was performed live with Paul and John as the ill-fated lovers Pyramus and Thisbe, respectively, with Ringo as the Lion and George as Moonshine.