Epstein play in The Times’ ‘Top Five Plays'
02 November 2012
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is the long-awaited world premiere about one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs, Brian Epstein.
The multi-media play with live music forms part of the official programme of Liverpool's 50th Anniversary of The Beatles, a highlight of Liverpool's annual Homotopia International Arts Festival and the first major production at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre named after Brian.
Written by Andrew Sherlock, Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Liverpool Screen School, LJMU; the play is co-created and directed by Jen Heyes, who graduated with a first class degree from the Drama programme at LJMU, with students from the Department working on placement in a number of areas of the production.
Acclaimed actor and TV star, Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill, Queer as Folk) will take the lead role of Brian Epstein and newcomer, Will Finlason takes on the fictional role of 'This Boy' – a role that embodies the soul of 60s Liverpool. This two-hander play charts Brian Epstein's adult life and illustrious career from his drama school days to managing the world's biggest pop group.
Born in Liverpool in 1934 to Jewish descent, the cool, modern, gay and urbane Brian spent his early adult life working for the family business, NEMS (North End Music Stores). He was drafted into the Royal Army Service Corps and moved to London to join RADA. He returned to Liverpool to manage the brand new NEMS city centre music store and not long after made the historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool lads perform - the rest is history. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is set during this famous but enigmatic man's last days. This is a must see opportunity to discover a previously unexplored story and celebrate a true icon of 1960's popular culture – a man who shaped music and style across the world.
Running from 15 November – 1 December 2012, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is brought to you by Bill Elms and Jen Heyes Productions Ltd (Tales from Haunted Liverpool, Tales From Charles Dickens), written by Andrew Sherlock (Wall Talks and The Shankly Show) and created and directed by Jen Heyes (Treasured, Blood Wedding, Wall Talks).
Andrew Sherlock commented on the forthcoming production of his new play, "I'm delighted to be working with such a talented cast and crew and the involvement of graduates and students from the Drama Department at LJMU in this world-premiere is testament to their skills and talent."
Judith Jones, Director of the Liverpool Screen School said, "Andrew's achievement in bringing this play to production is commendable. As a School within a civic University, we are particularly pleased that our staff, students and graduates are involved in this production about Epstein, one of the city's most famous sons."
For more information on Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, visit the website.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles
The Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY
Thursday 15 November – Saturday 1 December 2012
Preview Performances: 15-17 November 2012 - Seats From £10
Thursday and Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm
Monday – Saturday Evenings: 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: £10-£24 (Concessions Available)
How to Book:
Box Office: 0844 8000 410* or 0844 888 4411.
Book online at Ticket Quarter or the Epstein Liverpool website
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