ANDREW LANCEL HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN EPSTEIN : THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES
Earlier this week, the marvellous two-hander, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, opened at Leicester Square Theatre, starring our own Andrew Lancel as the enigma Brian Epstein. First produced as part of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary in 2012 and shown in Liverpool before its transfer to the West End, Andrew Sherlock’s Epstein focuses on the complicated man who changed the music scene forever, the accusations of betrayal and the inordinate stress that invades the lives of those finding fame. Both Epstein and Andrew Lancel have both received brilliant reviews across the board, with our thoughts perfectly echoed in Carole Gordon’s review in What’s On Stage : “Do. Not. Miss.”
“Andrew Lancel is phenomenal as Epstein, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the man, and showing all his flaws, the paranoia, loneliness and vulnerability, without ever descending into caricature.” Carole Gordon, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****
“As the well-spoken, sharp-suited, dashing yet fragile 32-year-old, Andrew Lancel captures both Epstein’s persuasive confidence and his inner torments and insecurities… Even at the close of Lancel’s pitch-perfect performance, Epstein… remains an enigma” Catherine Usher, THE STAGE, ****
“Andrew Lancel shines as Brian, brilliantly picking up his every mannerism and vocal habit. He balances the sweet and the angry parts of this complex character, ranging from a sad little boy to an angry tyrant.” Jade Wright, LIVERPOOL ECHO, ****
Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles plays at Leicester Square Theatre until 6th September.