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Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles transfers to W/E

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles have announced that the play about legendary music manager Brian Epstein, will open at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in Summer 2014 for an initial 6-week run – from August 5 (previews from July 30) to September 6.

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. Epstein died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.

Acclaimed stage and TV actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and newcomer 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 play’s initial run in Liverpool, where it premiered in November 2012 as part of the city’s official Beatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein Theatre.

Andrew Lancel said: “As a huge Beatles fan I am absolutely delighted to be returning to London and this role, wonderfully written by Andrew Sherlock. Especially in the year that would have seen Brian Epstein celebrate his 80th Birthday.”

This two-hander 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.

Presented by Bill Elms and Jen Heyes Productions, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is written by Andrew Sherlock and directed by Jen Heyes.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is suitable for age 14+.

Tickets: £30 – £42.50 (concessions available). To book, call the box office on 08448 733433 or visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

Early Booking Offer: Book before December 25, 2013 and receive £5 off the price of any ticket for any performance.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday matinees at 3pm; Saturday early shows at 4pm.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours.

Also at Leicester Square Theatre: the adult panto Dick! Comes Again: Bigger, Longer, Harder! and One Night With Joan, Joan Collins’ acclaimed one woman show.