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Neptune Theatre changes name

...to 'The Epstein Theatre' - in honour of the life of Brian

Published on November 9th 2010.

Neptune Theatre changes name

THE Neptune Theatre is to be renamed in honour of Brian Epstein, the former manager of The Beatles.

Council leader Joe Anderson received permission from Epstein’s family to call the venue - The Epstein Theatre - on the day work began to restore the Grade II listed building, which has been closed to the public for the past five years.

Liverpool City Council had dedicated the theatre to his memory in 1997, to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

Councillor Anderson, who has made the £750,000 theatre revamp a priority since being elected in May, said it was fitting the much loved venue would now carry his name and act as a permanent tribute to a man who helped establish Liverpool as a music mecca.

Councillor Anderson added: ‘’Brian Epstein was to many the 5th Beatle but he was also a brilliant entrepreneur who put many Liverpool acts on the road to success. He arguably did more than anyone to stamp the city so emphatically on the world map, an achievement which today generates millions of pounds for our tourism economy.

‘’I’m delighted Brian’s family have accepted our request to rename this venue The Epstein Theatre as it gives Liverpool its first real opportunity to officially say thank you to one of our greatest sons for his unique contribution.

‘’For our Beatles industry this development means Liverpool has a new attraction and a new story to tell and for the city we will soon have a new theatre with a world famous name which will hopefully make it a commercially more attractive business to market and operate.’’

Merseyside-based Nobles Construction began on site today (Thursday, 7 October) to work to restore the Hanover Street venue after Liverpool City Council settled a leasing dispute with landlord, David Ramsey.

Work on the 97-year-old Grade II-listed site, which has lay derelict since 2005, will be completed in February next year, allowing the city council to hand the theatre over to a full-time operator.

The restoration will see the 400-seat Edwardian venue fitted with new mahogany front doors, crystal chandeliers and modernisation features such as disabled toilets and wheelchair accessibility throughout the Theatre ), while the ticket office and bar will be removed for a future operator to fit out.

Peter Linford, director at Nobles Construction, said: ““It’s the people’s theatre and we’re looking forward to harnessing that reputation and delivering somewhere that the people of the city can be proud of for many years to come.”

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

LiverpolitanOctober 8th 2010.

Is he not going to declare St. George's Hall is to be renamed ‘The John Lennon Bed-In Hall´? Or that the Town Hall is to be renamed ‘Ringo House´?

Perhaps Councillor Anderson would also like to revive the insane 1970s fancy to rename Bold Street as 'Shankly Parade'?

I do wish our councillors would get on with running the city properly rather than vainly performing daft stunts like this that make Liverpool a national laughing stock. We voted the Lib-Dems out because we wanted an end to this parochial silliness.

theatre luvvieOctober 8th 2010.

I and my family wouldn't mind the old everyman space being named after me. How famous do I have to become, or can I just get in touch with the council and propose meself!!

E. VerymanOctober 12th 2010.

No chance pal! it's already named after me!

The Professor Chucklebutty TheatreOctober 15th 2010.

I have provided some proper background into this re-naming along with the new sculpture on chavs ass park. As Harry says we need to make more of the BTs


AnonymousOctober 17th 2010.

"Epstine" if you read it somewhere, "Epsteen" if you know what you're talking about.

John Lennon Bins DepotDecember 14th 2010.

Well, what else did you expect? This is Liverpool!

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