The producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles are delighted to announce the second actor who will appear alongside Andrew Lancel (who stars as Brian Epstein) in the brand new play about the legendary Beatles manager at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre this November.
Newcomer Will Finlason will take on the role of ‘This Boy’, the fictional second character. He’s the boisterous soul of 60s Liverpool with far too much energy, talent and to say for himself – his searching questions and commentary don’t just guide us through Brian’s life, they make us feel every moment of his times and makes them shine!
Jen Heyes, co-creator and director said: “I’m so delighted to have found Will after a rigorous and long audition process. The right man for the role needed to be not only a skilled actor but also a great guitarist and singer, and Will very much fits this criteria. From the start we wanted to discover an exciting new talent to play This Boy and with the play being a ‘two-hander’, it was vital for the actor to have good synergy with and complement Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein. I certainly think we’ve found this in Will.”
Will Finlason trained at the Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). In his final year he played Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's much acclaimed ‘Angels in America’ and the title role in Stephen Sondheim's ‘Sweeney Todd’. Since graduating in June he has appeared in ‘The Last Train to Tomorrow’, an original work by Carl Davis CBE, which was premiered by the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester during the summer.
Will said: “I’m just thrilled to be a part of such a new and exciting piece of theatre! The part itself is a dream come true and having strong family connections with Liverpool makes it all the more special to be making my professional debut in a city so close to my heart.”
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).
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.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is sponsored by Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP Solicitors (Mathew 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 www.epsteintheplay.com.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles
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 (all tickets £10 for preview performances)
How to Book:
Box Office: 0844 8000 410* or 0844 888 4411. Online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk* or www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk* or in person at the TicketQuarter, Queens Square, Liverpool*
*Subject to booking fee.
No booking fees if tickets booked in person at Epstein Theatre or Ticket Quarter (this applies to cash payments only)