Almost 30,000 People Have Signed Petitions For Liverpool City Council To Keep The Funding For The Epstein Theatre, The People Of The Liverpool City Region Share Their Emotional Responses
Beloved City Centre institution, The Epstein Theatre, is set to close on the 30th of June after Liverpool City Council felt that the theatre did not 'deliver value for money for the tax payer.'
How can we go from hosting Eurovision to closing this theatre? Arts & Culture are vital to Liverpool & we should not be closing venues.' - Brett McParland, expressing upset over the expected closure on the official petition.
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.
Here is what some of the people from across the City Region have had to say on the matter, with many expressing deep sadness and upset of the decision. There are currently two sepearte petitions, the official Epstein Theatre Petition, and another petition by local actor, Graham Lyne.
Brett McParland, one of the almost 15,000 people to sign the official 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: 'It’s a Beautiful Theatre and a important part of Liverpool.'
David Howe added: 'Have fond memories of this theater in various guises. Liverpool needs to maintain such cultural treasures.'