EPSTEIN: THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES to Open at Leicester Square Theatre, Summer 2014
The producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, the long-awaited play about the legendary music manager Brian Epstein, are delighted to announce that the play will open at London's Leicester Square Theatre in Summer 2014 for an initial 6-week run. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 17 October at 10am.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is a window into the private world of the music entrepreneur whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a household name yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in the closet. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.
Acclaimed stage and TV actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and newcomer Will Finlason will return to the roles of Brian Epstein and the fictional character 'This Boy' respectively, for which they each received rave reviews during the initial run ofEpstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool, where the show premiered in November 2012 as part of the city's officialBeatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein Theatre.
Andrew Lancel said: "As a huge Beatles fan I am absolutely delighted to be returning to London and this role, wonderfully written by Andrew Sherlock. Especially in the year that would have seen Brian Epstein celebrate his 80th Birthday."
This two-hander play imagines this brilliant but troubled man's drug-fuelled final days whilst looking back upon his illustrious adult life and meteoric career from his drama school days to managing the world's biggest pop group - 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 5 August - 6 September 2014 (previews from 30 July) at London's Leicester Square Theatre, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is brought to you by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd, written by Andrew Sherlock and directed by Jen Heyes
Book in person at the venue, online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com or via telephone on 08448 733433
Born in Liverpool in 1934 to Jewish descent, the cool, modern, gay and urbane Brian Epstein 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 was the historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool lads perform and 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 brought to you by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd, written by Andrew Sherlock (Wall Talks and The Shankly Show) staged and directed by Jen Heyes (Tony Teardrop, Treasured, Blood Wedding).