Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles – the long-awaited play about the legendary music manager Brian Epstein – officially opens at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on Mon 4th August and will continue throughout the summer until Sat 6 September.
The show opens hot off the heels of The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary celebrations happening around the world. Brian Epstein has recently been posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after a campaign from fans, and a commemorative blue plaque has been unveiled at the London offices of Epstein’s company NEMS. Epstein would have celebrated his 80th birthday this September.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is the untold story and window into the private world of the gay Jewish 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 star Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and actor 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 in Liverpool, where the show premiered in November 2012 as part of the city’s official Beatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein Theatre.
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 30 July – 6 September 2014 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.