14 May 2012

Epstein Theatre Liverpool announces major production with Epstein the Play

Epstein Theatre

Epstein Theatre Liverpool announces major production with Epstein the Play

Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre officially opened to great fanfare last week - and plans for what is to be the first major play staged at the venue are well underway. As announced in February this year, EPSTEIN – a brand new play about legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein - will premiere this November at the theatre that bears his name, also making a fitting end to the year that celebrates the 50 anniversary of the Beatles’ first single.   

EPSTEIN the Play, which runs from 15 November until 1 December 2012, is already eagerly anticipated and the show’s creators Andrew Sherlock (writer), Jen Heyes (Director) and co-producer Bill Elms can today reveal some exciting new developments.  

Designer Amanda Stoodley has been appointed to create the perfect look for the play. Amanda studied at Liverpool’s LIPA and her designs for theatre and exhibition include Two and Making an Exhibition of Ourselves (At Home) at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Winterlong at Royal Exchange Studio & Soho Theatre, I Know Where the Dead are Buried at Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival, Dark Side of the Building at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, Innovasion at Liverpool Biennial with Hope Street Ltd., Four Corners at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Arts Centre and Wish You Were Here at the Liverpool Everyman. Amanda is currently designing Manchester Lines ( Library Theatre Co.), Truth About Youth Festival and Black Roses (Royal Exchange) and collaborating with director Sam Pritchard on Fireface, which won the JMK Trust Award this year, and will be staged at London’s Young Vic Theatre this September.

A striking EPSTEIN logo and brand, an example of which is displayed above, has also been created.

The play - which charts Brian Epstein’s adult life and illustrious career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group - is now fully realised, having since its announcement evolved from a one man show to a ‘two-hander’, where a second actor playing various characters will interact with the character of Brian Epstein, and also provide the musical element to the show.

Writer Andrew Sherlock said: “Wading through tons of information and interviews has been fascinating and slowly but surely, in the writing, researching and long creative chats with Jen, It feels like we have got to know the man and created a new show with a unique insight into what drove Brian to do the extraordinary things he did and what it felt like, through the good times and bad to be a man changing the way the world listens to music and coming to terms with himself. Working with our partners The Liverpool Echo, and the help of brilliant editor Ken Rogers, we have been given a unique opportunity to use and incorporate original archive of the 1960s Liverpool Echo News reports as the backbone of the production. . .  In 1967 a young man from Liverpool with his fans’ scrap book tucked under his arm, meets his hero Brian Epstein one night in London and is granted an audience...  For the rest you’ll have to come and see the show.” 

Andrew Sherlock had worked extensively as a writer and director both on the West End and with several Liverpool theatres and producers including the Everyman & Playhouse, Royal Court and Bill Kenwright. He has also served as a regular Drama/Arts adviser to the city of Liverpool and its winning European Capital of Culture team and won a Vivian Ellis Prize for his musical theatre writing. His writing credits also include Sleepover Planet, a multi-media download musical for BBC Online, Them’s the Breaks, a drama which received a North West Vision award, Capture The Moment, a youth comedy drama which received a BBC new writing award and The Representative, a feature drama commissioned by the NIFTC.  His drama/documentaries Digging of the Tunnel and Best Of Order for BBC Radio Merseyside were both nominated for Sony awards and his afternoon play Jimmy’s Letters was broadcast on Radio 4.  He created the multi-media Shankly Show, hit of Liverpool 08 and his ITV1 feature TV drama The Girls Who Came To Stay won Alun Armstrong a Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and followed winning a Granada New Writing Initiative for feature drama On The Out, which also went on to win the Royal Television Society Award for Best Programme in the North West. 

Brian Epstein was best known as a music entrepreneur and legendary manager of The Beatles and was the person responsible for their rise to mega-stardom all over the world. He also managed other popular artists such as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer, The Foremost, The Dakotas and Cilla Black

EPSTEIN is brought to you by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd (Tales from Haunted Liverpool, Tales From Charles Dickens), written by Andrew Sherlock (Wall Talks and The Shankly Show) and directed by Jen Heyes (Blood Wedding, I love Vinegar Vera and Wall Talks).

The search is now on to find the finest actor to perform the role of Brian Epstein as well as auditions being held to discover the young actor/musician who will join him on stage.

EPSTEIN is sponsored by Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP Solicitors (Matthew Street and Penny Lane)

Supported by The Cavern and The Liverpool Echo.

More information can be found at


EPSTEIN the Play
The Epstein Theatre
Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY
Thu 15 November – Sat 1 December 2012
Preview Performances: 15-17 November 2012
Thu and Sat Matinees:  2.30pm | Mon – Sat Evenings: 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: £10-£24 (Concessions Available)

How to Book:
Box Office: 0844 8000 410* Online at*
or in person at the TicketQuarter, Queens Square, Liverpool* 

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