Paul McCartney In Conversation with Stanley Tucci


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Join us online for a very special live In Conversation event between Paul McCartney and Stanley Tucci to celebrate the major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Paul McCartney, Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm

During this in-conversation, the pair will explore their shared interest in the creative arts, culture and photography, drawing on experiences behind and in front of the camera. McCartney’s photographs from the 1963-64 period will form the focus of the discussion, as they share stories behind the 250 photographs exhibited as part of the exhibition. Drawing on reflections made in the accompanying book of photographs, 1964: Eyes of the Storm, McCartney will also discuss his photographic influences, sharing insights into his life and his own photography at the time.

The exhibition focusses on portraits captured by McCartney, using his own camera, between December 1963 and February 1964 – a time when The Beatles were catapulted from a British sensation to a global phenomenon. These never-before-seen images offer a uniquely personal perspective on what it was like to be a ‘Beatle’ at the start of ‘Beatlemania’ – from headlining stages in the UK, to performing to 73 million Americans on The Ed Sullivan Show. At a time when so many camera lenses were on the band, it is Paul McCartney’s which tells the truest story of a band creating cultural history – in one of its most exciting chapters.

Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool in 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Since writing his first song at 14, McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. He now lives in England. Paul’s output has been impossibly prolific and singularly influential crossing many different genres. Paul changed the world forever with The Beatles before going on to continue to push boundaries and make music history with his group Wings and as a solo artist. His most recent solo (and 18th) studio album McCartney III secured the UK Album Chart’s festive Number 1 spot in 2020, furthering his lead as the UK’s most successful album act of all time. An 18-time Grammy winner and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards, McCartney’s list of international accolades reads like no other as well as being recognised for decades of philanthropic activities. 

Stanley Tucci is an Academy Award nominated actor known for his versatility as an actor, writer, director, and producer. He has appeared in over 100 films, countless television shows and more than a dozen plays on and off Broadway.

Event in partnership with MPL Communications LTD, Penguin Random House and Norton.

About the event:

This is a livestreamed event. One ticket enables you to watch the livestream on a single device. Once you have purchased a ticket, further details of how to watch will be sent via email ahead of the event.

Please note this is an online event and will require you to have access to a device with internet connectivity to watch.

Ticket holders will be able to access a recording of the event for 7 days following the livestream.

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29 June 2023, 14.00-15.00


£10 (£8 Members / concessions; £5 under 30s)

Ticket sales closed at 12.00 on 29 June.

A recording of the event is available to purchase from 30 June for 7 days.

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