Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles
Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles
Produced by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes
London, West End
Directed by Jen Heyes Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is a window into the private world of the 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 actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and 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 of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool. 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.
I actually encountered Epstein once in NEMS, though didn’t speak. This was in June, 1967. Andrew Lancel brought this all back to me
The tricky concurrence of being both Jewish and gay in that period is robustly broached (Epstein’s predicament reminded me, with variations, of Posner’s great line in The History Boys: “I’m a Jew. I’m small. I’m homosexual. And I live in Sheffield. I’m fucked”)
Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein
Will Finlason as This Boy
Writer – Andrew Sherlock
Director – Jen Heyes
Co Produced by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes
Associate Designer – Katie Scott
Lighting Design – Phil Saunders
Film Maker – Anthony Swords
Original Designer – Amanda Stoodley
Original Sound Design – Adam Sloan
Original Lighting Design – Kay Haynes
Marketing and PR – Bill Elms Associates