Thursday 6 September 2012

Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre Announce Opening Season

Hanover House, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ 
(Formerly The Neptune) 

· Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre Announce Opening Season. 

· New Theatre Bar Opens Named After Brian Epstein. 

· The 11 O’Clock Private Members Club For Creative Industries Is Launched. 


The brand new Epstein Theatre has unveiled its line-up for their first official opening season of shows, the news comes following its £1m restoration of the old Neptune Theatre and renamed after one of Liverpool’s most-loved sons and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein.

A mixed programme of events from live music, plays, classical, comedy, panto, film and burlesque all form part of the opening season at the hidden gem in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.

Liverpool institutions such as Laughterhouse Comedy and The Martini Lounge have found new homes at the venue and great theatrical performances such as the hotly anticipated world premiere of EPSTEIN – The Man Who Made The Beatles, recently listed in the top 5 must-see plays for autumn in The Times newspaper. A Christmas pantomime also returns to the theatre with LHK Productions star-studded production of Cinderella with an all star cast, Panto has historically been a popular event in the theatre as the old Neptune.

Another exciting announcement is the refurbishment of the theatre bar into Brian’s Bar after namesake himself, acclaimed designer Richard Eastwood has created a stunning space to relax throughout the day over a drink, pastry or savoury snack, overlooking the hustle and bustle of Hanover Street. Brian’s Bar will be open from 2pm – 11pm every day and will also have its own programme of events with exhibitions, live music and poetry evenings all in the planning. Brian’s Bar opens from Friday 7th September at 2pm.

There will also an exclusive member’s only club The 11 O’Clock Club, where the city’s creative Industries can come together from 11pm until 3am creating a constant hive of activity at the Hanover Street venue.

CEO of Liverpool Sound City and The Epstein Theatre Dave Pichilingi said “Epstein is now fully open for business and we are delighted to be unveiling our Autumn and Winter programme. We have also fully refurbished the bar area of Epstein Theatre which is now officially known as Brian's Bar. Our aim is that Brian's Bar becomes the destination of choice for all the creative and artistic community from the region. It features its own stage and performance area where artists can test out their new art and ideas in front of a receptive audience. Also part of the Epstein offer is the late night '11 o Clock Club'. This is Liverpool's first members club for the creative and music community from the city.”

September highlights include a brand new play by Coronation Street’s Pauline Fleming called Dirty, Guitar Masters Andy McKee, Jon Gomm and Preston Reed stop off on their UK tour. Liverpool Comedy Festival will take over the Epstein for four nights of Laughterhouse Comedy stand-up with Chris Stokes, Piff The Magic Dragon, Nige, Richard Herring and Steve Shanyaski. Everton fans can also enjoy An Evening With Neville Southall.

October Highlights include the finest front women in Irish music today Dervish are set to perform live as part of Liverpool Irish Festival. With Cathy Jordan’s ever distinctive voice combined with finesse and subtlety this the true way to experience Ireland’s most enduring bands. The Martini Lounge is returning to their new home in what is set to be another night of sizzling burlesque performances. With glamorous costumes, variety, comedy and vocal acts are part of the program all carefully crafted by Liverpool’s own Millie Dollar, it’s one of the must-see burlesque events in the UK. Halloween brings an event with a difference with the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10 performing Frankenstein!! Conducted by Clark Rundell.

November will be a very special month for the Fab Four, Beatlemania will be sweeping throughout the Epstein with two very special shows dedicated to legacy of Liverpool’s favourite sons. Racking up over 350 performances at the Cavern Club alone and have headlined festivals and events the world over, Liverpool’s favorite Beatles tribute band will be coming home. The Mersey Beatles will play 2 x 1hour sets of all era Beatles classics in full costume.

The highlight of the Epstein Theatre opening season is the world premiere of EPSTEIN – The Man Who Made The Beatles. A brand new play about one of Liverpool’s most-loved sons and one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs is to premiere in Liverpool, in the year that celebrates 50 years since The Beatles came together. This multi-media play with live music is created by Jen Heyes and Andrew Sherlock and runs from 15 November to 1 December 2012. Already gathering interest the world over from Beatles fans and the media, this event will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy at the venue. Full cast announcement is coming soon.

December can only mean one thing, the countdown to Christmas has begun and a very special production comes to town as the traditional pantomime returns to the boards of the Epstein in the form of Cinderella, the greatest fairytale of them all. LHK Productions take the helm to bring back traditional Pantomime to the old Neptune stage after a seven year absence (a venue with a tradition of Christmas Pantomimes). With a start studded cast including Songstress Sonia, resident Liverpool pin-up Philip Olivier, Reality TV star Nikki Grahame, Radio City’s very own Simon Greening and local girl Alison Crawford who was a finalist on BBC’s Grease is the Word. This ends a launch season to remember at The Epstein Theatre.

Tickets for all events can now be purchased in person from Brian’s Bar; pop in and pick up a new season brochure. 


Box Office: 0844 888 4411* online at* or in person at Brian’s Bar at The Epstein Theatre from 2pm – 11pm every day. 
*Subject to booking fee. 

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