Two Petitions Have Amassed Nearly 30,000 Signatures In Bid To Stop Liverpool City Council From Withdrawing Cultural Funding For Beloved City Centre Theatre
The Epstein Theatre, named after the iconic Liverpudlian music legend, Brian Epstein, who was the Manager of The Beatles, is set to close on the 30th of June.
The stunning theatre has been entertaining the people of Liverpool since 1913, seating 380 Guests at the esteemed Grade II Listed Theatre, situated on Hanover Street in the City Centre.
The theatre is also free to visit today the 27th of June uptil 11pm, where staff will show you around the venue before it closes unless the someone steps in to help or the Council reinstate their funding for the cultural asset.
The Epstein Theatre is a cultural asset of Liverpool. An elaborate yet intimate theatre named after the illustrious Liverpudlian Beatles Manager, Brian Epstein, and housed within the incredible Hanover House, designed by none other than the Liverpool City Region's very own Walter Aubrey Thomas — the architect of The Royal Liver Building.
Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Liverpool actor, Joe McGann, described The Epstein Theatre as a 'jewel' and has worked professionally as an actor and theatre-goer in the historic venue.
Brett, one of the almost 15,000 people to sign the petition for funding to coninue, said: 'How can we go from hosting Eurovision to closing this theatre? Arts & Culture are vital to Liverpool & we should not be closing venues.'
Another supporter, Ray, said: 'We need our live venues in this city. We have a proud legacy to protect.'
Lauran Prescott, said: 'Theatre is a huge part of my life & I would be heartbroken to see this beautiful local theatre close. I have performed, in an amateur capacity, many times on the Epstein's stage.'
June Birchall, said about The Epstein Theatre: 'It’s a Beautiful Theate And a important part of Liverpool.'
You can hear more of what people have to say about what The Epstein Theatre means to them in our accompanying article.