The Liverpool producers of “Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles,” which premiered in the city last year, announced Oct. 17 that the play will open at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in Summer 2014 for an initial six-week run. Tickets for the production will go on sale on at 10 a.m. Oct. 17.
“Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles,” which looks at the private world of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, stars actor Andrew Lancel (“Coronation Street”) and newcomer Will Finlason as a fictional This Boy. The show premiered in November 2012 as part of the city’s official Beatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.
Epstein's friend, Joe Flannery, praised Lancel's work in the play, saying "I’ve said all along that Andrew needed to shine in this role like Brian used to, and he certainly does. The show brought tears to my eyes. Brian would be so proud.”
Meanwhile, the Beatles tribute show “Let It Be” will tour the UK and Ireland beginning in February, What's On Stage reported Oct. 14. The tour will include venues – the Liverpool Empire, the Mayflower Theatre and the Princess Theatre -- that the Beatles themselves played. “Let It Be” is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End.
LONDON BEATLES DAY: Author Mark Lewisohn will be a special guest at this Sunday's London Beatles Day at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel in London. Lewisohn will be interviewed by Dave Ravenscroft and sign copies of his book, “Tune In.” Also appearing will be Quarrymen Rod Davis and author Kevin Roach, author of a recent book on George Harrison.
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