Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles

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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.

 

directed with subtlety and feeling by Jen Heyes . . .This is a beautifully crafted play with two wonderfully layered performances

****, West End Wilma

I actually encountered Epstein once in NEMS, though didn’t speak. This was in June, 1967. Andrew Lancel brought this all back to me

Keith Moore

Whether you remember the Sixties or not, Epstein is a thoroughly satisfying theatrical experience. Do. Not. Miss.

*****, Whats on Stage

CAST
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

Directed with subtlety and feeling by Jen Heyes…this is a beautifully crafted play with two wonderfully layered performances

4 stars, WEST END WILMA

This really is a diamond of a show. Andrew and Will play their parts to perfection and play with our emotions, and for those old enough, memories of Brian Epstein, the man

LondonTheatre1

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”)

Paul Taylor

The Independent

Lancel as Epstein is a revelation. The accent and mannerisms are present and correct, but this never feels like an impression. . . as powerful and convincing as you’ll see on the London stage

Digital Spy

An experience not to be missed

The Stage

Andrew Lancel as Epstein is terrific… As the boy, Will Finlason gracefully mingles brashness and compassion

The Times

The device of staging the play as a two-hander, with occasional use of filmed backdrops and silhouettes, gives Jen Heyes’ production considerable intensity

4 stars, CLASSIC ROCK

At times comic, at times intensely moving… Epstein is not merely an exercise in nostalgia 50 years on from the Beatles first hit. It also finds the real man lurking inside an enigma

4 stars, The Arts Desk

the acting by Andrew Lancel as ‘Brian Epstein’ is mesmerising

LONDON THEATRE

Brian was a genius, but he was also human and it is the human side of Brian that Andrew Lancel brings to life. By the end I felt as if I knew and understood Brian for the first time and, again for the first time, I realised how sad I was that he had died so young

BRITISH BEATLES FAN CLUB

It’s 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

4.5 stars, THE BEST OF THEATRE.CO.UK