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Photographic Collection: The Epstein Theatre — The Illustrious Liverpool Venue Worth Saving

The Liverpudlian Was Allowed Access To Record The Historic, Unparalleled Epstein Theatre In Liverpool City Centre — These Photographs Represent Why This Glorious Multifaceted Venue Means So Much To Liverpudlians

The magical Epstein Theatre, from the stage to the rafters, we recorded this stunning venue, with the hope that it will be saved and return to entertaining people from across the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian).
The magical Epstein Theatre, from the stage to the rafters, we recorded this stunning venue, with the hope that it will be saved and return to entertaining people from across the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian).

Words cannot express how important this venue is to the people of Liverpool. We here at The Liverpudlian, had the opportunity to capture the stunning venue on the day that it closed it doors — for now at least.


The Epstein Theatre is a cultural asset of Liverpool. An elaborate yet intimate theatre named after the illustrious Liverpudlian Beatles Manager, Brian Epstein — the City Region's most successful music mogul.


The venue is also 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. The cultural gravitas of this venue cannot be expressed enought.


We recorded the magical Epstein Theatre from the stage to the rafters. After conducting an interview with Manager Anthony Proctor, Peter was offered the chance to gather footage and photographs of this stunning venue, putting his time to good use he gathered a beautiful collection of photographs to demonstate the elaborate venue and how it is a quintessential theatrical space; from the attention to detail, to how it perfectly houses 380 people with seats of every angle, as shown in the images, enjoying a brilliant view of the stage.

The magical Epstein Theatre, from the stage to the rafters, we recorded this stunning venue, with the hope that it will be saved and return to entertaining people from across the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian).

Many people from across the Liverpool City Region have had to say on the matter both on a local and national stage, with coverage from major publications as well as a plethora of local media covering the venue in a heartwarming sight that shows how special The Epstein Theatre is to the people of Liverpool.

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.

Many locals had the opportunity to express deep sadness and upset of the decision for Liverpool City Council to currently remove their funding. However, Anthony Proctor, the Theatre Manager and Programmer, explained: 'There is hope — we are having dialogue with the City Council which is fantastic.' This avenue being explored has therefore offered culture-lovers across the Liverpool City Region hope that the theatre can one day soon be reopened and continue to serve the people of the City (fingers crossed).


There are currently two sepearte petitions:

  1. The official Epstein Theatre Petition.

  2. As well as another Petition by local actor, Graham Lyne.

The Official Petition, at the time of writing this article, has 15,296 Signatures, with the Petition by Graham Lyne having 17,709 Signatures. Providing a combined 33,005 Signatures which demonstrates how much this theatre means to the community which has in the last 18 months had more than 74,000 tickets booked to see a variety of shows, pantos, comedians, musicians, authors and podcasters.


‘Don’t take away our stages

We have so many pages left to write


It can’t end tonight

Don’t leave these empty seats

The people that we meet


Can’t fade away

It can’t end tonight’


- Asa Murphy, A successful Swing Singer that has performed numerous times at The Epstein, which enabled him to find a platform and go on a UK Tour.


Hopefull one day soon it will be saved and return to entertaining people from across the Liverpool City Region.

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