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Review: Andrew Lancel dazzles as Brian Epstein
by Katie Hickox, reporting from London
Andrew Lancel, who is familiar to audiences from his many appearances on The Bill and Coronation Street, dazzles as Brian Epstein in the new play, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, that is being performed at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.
This new play gets high marks from this author because the playwright, Andrew Sherlock, and directed by Jen Heyes, gets it right about who the Beatles Manager was behind closed doors in the final days before he tragically died on August 27th, 1967.
Co-starring in this play, Will Finlason, is from Manchester and he plays "This Boy" in the play who represents every other young protege from Liverpool who makes it to London and is brought back to Brian's flat from a bar where they first met.
Will Finlason and Andrew Lancel
Andrew captures Brian's "look" and mannerisms to a point where the audience feels that Brian is really here on stage with us. Will is brilliant as "This Boy" and even auditions one of his songs for Brian. "This Boy" came back to Brian's flat because he wants to learn about who the real Brian Epstein is, not the one in his recent biography "Cellar Full of Noise".
Earlier this year, The Times acclaimed Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles as one of the "top five must see plays this autumn." The multi-media play with live music forms part of the official program of Liverpool's 50th Anniversary of The Beatles and is the first major production at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre in Liverpool named after Brian.
In Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, the audience is left spellbound as the two actors go on a virtual roller coaster of emotions, at one point capturing the foreshadow to Brian's all too early and tragic death. Bravo!
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is performed at The Epstein Theatre which is located at Hanover Street in Liverpool. The play premiered on November 15 and plays through Saturday, December 1, 2012. Thursday and Saturday Matinees are available 2:30 pm, regular performances are Monday though Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm. Ticket Prices are £10-£24. For more information, go to www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/theatre/epstein-the-play/.
Published November 19, 2012
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