<i>Epstein: the Man Who Made the Beatles</i>
Epstein: the Man Who Made the Beatles
© Bill Elms

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which premiered in Liverpool last year, is to open at London's Leicester Square Theatre in Summer 2014 for an initial 6-week run.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is a window into the private world of the music entrepreneur whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a household name, yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in the closet. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.

Acclaimed stage and TV actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and newcomer Will Finlason will return to the roles of Brian Epstein and the fictional character ‘This Boy' respectively.

The play was performed in November 2012 as part of the city's official Beatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein Theatre.

Andrew Lancel said: "As a huge Beatles fan I am absolutely delighted to be returning to London and this role, wonderfully written by Andrew Sherlock. Especially in the year that would have seen Brian Epstein celebrate his 80th Birthday."

This two-hander play imagines this brilliant but troubled man's drug-fuelled final days whilst looking back upon his illustrious adult life and meteoric career from his drama school days to managing the world's biggest pop group - a must-see opportunity to discover a previously unexplored story and celebrate a true icon of 1960's popular culture – a man who shaped music and style across the world.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is at the Leicester Square Theatre from 5 August – 6 September 2014 (previews from 30 July)