The producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles have announced that acclaimed actor and television star Andrew Lancel will portray Brain Epstein in the long awaited world premiere play about the legendary music manager in this, the Beatles50th Anniversary year.

The play, which runs from the 15th November till 1st December at Liverpool’s recently reopened Epstein Theatre, Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is written by Andrew Sherlock (Wall Talks and The Shankly Show) and created and directed by Jen Heyes (Treasured, Blood Wedding, Wall Talks)

Lancashire-born Andrew Lancel has most recently played the high profile part of Frank Foster in I.T.V.’s Coronation Street and had notable roles in The Bill (as D.I. Neil Manson), Queer as Folk and B.B.C.’s Cardiac Arrest.

Andrew Lancel said, “As a Beatles fan it’s a daunting but hugely exciting challenge to be playing Brian Epstein and I was very honoured to be asked. This is the first play I’ve accepted in 10 years which says a lot- it’s a powerful and moving piece but also an entertaining insight into one of our own and what makes him tick.”

Jen Heyes, co-creator and director of the play said, “I am so pleased that Andrew Lancel has accepted the part of Brian Epstein. The casting process was a long and considered one as befits this iconic role and I can think of no better to play Brian than Andrew- a professional Liverpool actor who has become a household name, with a fantastic and varied body of work under his belt. We had a responsibility to find the right actor for this role and I am extremely excited to have Andrew on board, I know he will do Brian justice and he even has a resemblance to him which is an added bonus.”

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, formally The Neptune, which is named after Brian.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is on the recently renovated and refurbished Epstein Theatre on Hanover Street in Liverpool from Thursday 15th November to Saturday 1st December 2012. Thursday and Saturday matinees available and start at 2.30. Monday to Saturday performances start at 7.30pm.

Tickets for Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles are priced from £10 to £24. (Concessions available). Tickets can be purchased from the Epstein Theatre Box office, by telephone on 0844 8000410 or 0844 8884411* or online at*

*Subject to booking fee

Ian D. Hall