Epstein at Homotopia
Liverpool’s annual gay arts festival has joined forces with seasoned writer Andrew Sherlock for the production of a new multimedia play that celebrates the life of the Beatles' manager
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Full name, Brian Epstein.
The LGBT arts and culture event brings the best local and international talent to stages across the city throughout November and coincides with Liverpool’s commemoration of 50th anniversary of the Beatles. The two couldn’t possibly have passed without a posthumous pat on the back for the openly gay Epstein, whose superior talent propelled the Fab Four to fame after he encountered them at the legendary Cavern Club in 1962.
The two-man production boasts Queer As Folk actor Andrew Lancel starring as the lead and newcomer Will Finlason playing the fictional This Boy. As far as rock and roll legends go Epstein is one of the greats. A man before his time, he was cutting edge, cool and proud of his sexuality in an era that punished gay men harshly. Epstein died of an accidental overdose in 1967, tragically missing the decriminalisation of homosexual acts that same year.
Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles will be showcased at the recently refurbished Epstein theatre from November 15. It’s a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in British rock history.
Words: Betti Hunter