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In a play anyway: Beatles find shows Paul McCartney acting in 1960 school show

Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, formerly known as Liverpool Institute when Paul McCartney attended.
Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, formerly known as Liverpool Institute when Paul McCartney attended.
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The Beatles Shop in Liverpool, organizers of the Liverpool Beatles Auction, announced Jan. 8 they have a document that reveals new information on Paul McCartney's early history.

The Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, which Paul McCartney attended when it was known as the Liverpool Institute.
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Recently discovered pages from a school play program dating from February, 1960 and presented at the Liverpool Institute, which McCartney attended, show him listed under the name “Paul McCartney” as one of the assessors in the cast of the play “Saint Joan” by George Bernard Shaw. The document will soon go up for auction.

Other alumni of the Liverpool Institute were George Harrison, future Apple Corps CEO Neil Aspinall; Quarrymen member Len Garry; Les Chadwick of Gerry and the Pacemakers; John Lennon's friend Ivan Vaughan; Colin Manley and Don Andrew of the Remo Four; and McCartney's brother, Michael. The school is known today as the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). McCartney, who helped fund the school's renovation into a state-of-the-art higher education institution, is one of the co-founders.

The program will go up for auction this August and is expected to sell for between £450-£550 ($742 - $907 USD). You can find more information on the Liverpool Beatles Auction website.

Note: A previous version of this story did not mention the Liverpool Beatles Auction or the Beatles Shop in Liverpool. We apologize for the error.

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