Monday, 10 September 2012


The producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles are delighted to announce that acclaimed actor and TV star Andrew Lancel will play Brian Epstein in the long awaited world premiere play about the legendary music manager in this, the Beatles 50th Anniversary year.

Running from 15 November – 1 December 2012 at Liverpool’s newly reopened Epstein Theatre, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles 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 created and directed by Jen Heyes (Treasured, Blood Wedding, Wall Talks).

Lancashire-born Andrew Lancel most recently played the high profile part of Frank Foster in ITV’s Coronation Street and has also had notable roles in ITV’s The Bill (as DI Neil Manson), Channel 4’s Queer as Folk (Harvey Black) and BBC1’s Cardiac Arrest (Dr Andrew Collin).

Andrew Lancel said: “As a Beatles fan it’s a daunting but hugely exciting challenge to be playing Brian Epstein and I was very honoured to be asked. This is the first play I’ve accepted in 10 years which says a lot – it’s a powerful and moving piece but also an entertaining insight into one of our own and what makes him tick.”

Jen Heyes, co-creator and director of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, said: “I am so pleased that Andrew Lancel has accepted the part of Brian Epstein. The casting process was a long and considered one as befits this iconic role and I can think of no one better to play Brian than Andrew - a professional Liverpool actor who has become a household name, with a fantastic and varied body of work under his belt. We had a responsibility to find the right actor for this role and I am extremely excited to have Andrew on board, I know he will do Brian justice and he even has a resemblance to him which is an added bonus.”

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles forms part of the official programme of Liverpool’s 50th Anniversary of The Beatles. It is a highlight of Liverpool’s established annual Homotopia international arts festival and the first major production at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre (formerly The Neptune) named after Brian. 

The two-hander multi-media  play charts Brian Epstein’s adult life and illustrious career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group. Brian’s short life was crammed with success and controversy; an intelligent man whose presence, taste, vision and passion left a lifelong impact on the world. Born in Liverpool in 1934 to Jewish descent, the cool, modern, urbane and gay Brian spent his early adult life working for the family business NEMS (North End Music Stores), between being drafted into the Royal Army Service Corps and moving to London to join RADA and live a more openly gay life. He returned to Liverpool to manage the new NEMS city centre music store making it one of the biggest in the North. Not long after was the historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool lads perform and the rest was history. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.

In addition to his TV career, Andrew Lancel has starred in many plays and musicals throughout Britain with great critical acclaim at the Almedia Theatre, London and Chichester Festival Theatre. Roles include Alan Strang in Equus, Motel Kamzoil in Fiddler on the Roof, Andrew in Certain Young Men (World Premiere) Worthy in The Recruiting Officer and Millington in Conduct Unbecoming. After playing Brian Epstein Andrew will star in the Sleeping Beauty panto at Liverpool Echo Arena this Christmas.

A second actor - who will play a fictional character entitled ‘This Boy’ and provide a musical element to the show - will be announced shortly.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is sponsored by Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP Solicitors (Matthew Street and Penny Lane).

Writing co-commissioned by Homotopia. Supported by Liverpool Vision

The production partners: The Cavern, The Beatles Story, Hard Days Night Hotel, Magical Mystery Tour, Fab Cabs Beatles Tours, Annexe Inc and Liverpool Echo.

The official charity of production is C.A.L.M.
More information on Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles can be found at

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* or 0844 888 4411. Online at* or* or or in person at the TicketQuarter, Queens Square, Liverpool* 

*Subject to booking fee. 

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