The brand new Epstein Theatre will be opening its doors to the public for a very special celebration on Wednesday 19th September, the birth date of one Liverpool’s favourite sons Brian Epstein and for whose name the theatre has the honour of holding.

The theatre management are giving the people of the city the opportunity to come and have a look around the beautiful restoration of the theatre which was formally called The Neptune.

The Epstein Theatre will be open from 10 am until 7pm on Wednesday 19th to allow the public to pop in throughout the day, lunch break or after work to see the foyers, bars and auditorium. Boards showing the history of the theatre and the restoration will also be on display.

They are also offering every visitor a free cup of coffee or cup of tea in the brand new and beautifully refurbished Brian’s Bar which opened to the public just recently. Accoustic musicians will perform music from the Merseybeat era from the bands that Brian managed.

To coincide with the box office opening at the theatre, they are also offering all visitors a special discounted ticket for anybody who books in person at the theatre on Wednesday 19th. A £5 discount is available on booking (*full price tickets only, may exclude some performances) for the forthcoming world premiere of Epstein- The Man Who Made The Beatles which stars Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein and the Christmas Pantomime Cinderella which stars Sonia, Philip Olivier, Nikki Grahame and Simon Greening.

The General Manager of the Epstein Theatre, Rebekah Pichilingi said, “The Neptune Theatre held so many wonderful memories for both audience and actors alike. Now re-launched as the Epstein Theatre we are thrilled to open our doors once more. We would like to welcome everybody down to have a look around this gem of a theatre on a very special day for us. This will be the first of our annual events for Brian’s birthday.”

This is a great chance to re-live old memories and envisage new ones at Epstein’s Theatre, whilst there raise a glass to the memory of Brian Epstein, the man Paul McCartney said of, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian”, it certainly isn’t worth contemplating what The Beatles and Liverpool would have been without his influence.

Ian D. Hall