Andrew Lancel in Blue Plaque unveiling party for Brian Epstein
By Catherine Jones
May 30, 2014
Actor set to reprise his role as the late Beatles manager on stage in the capital this summer
ANDREW Lancel will be among the unveiling party when a Blue Plaque is unveiled to Brian Epstein in London next month.
The Liverpool actor is set to reprise his role as the late Beatles manager on stage this summer, this time in London.
But ahead of that he will be at the special ceremony at the London offices of Epstein’s company NEMS on Saturday, June 29, which is also expected to be attended by contemporaries, friends and family members of the manager and businessman.
Brian Epstein, who would have been celebrating his 80th birthday this year, was also recently posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame following a campaign from fans.
NEMS occupied offices in Sutherland House in Argyle Street, adjacent to the London Palladium, from the height of Beatlemania in 1964 until shortly after Epstein’s death in 1967 at the age of 32.
David Stark, who is a LIPA companion as well as editor of SongLink International, sponsor of the plaque, speaking on behalf of The Heritage Foundation, said: "The Heritage Foundation is delighted our former Vice President Andrew Lancel is able to join us on an historic day commemorating Brian Epstein’s massive contribution to the global music industry and popular culture during his tragically short life.
“It’s totally appropriate Andrew helps us pull the cord on the day, and we all wish him well with his upcoming stage role as Epstein.”
The 43-year-old actor is set to play the lead role in Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, in London’s Leicester Square Theatre in a six-week run from the end of July.
The show first premiered at the Epstein Theatre in Hanover Street two years ago.
Lancel said today: “It’s an honour to be playing Brian in London and also a great honour to be involved in this fitting tribute which is so deserving to a man whose mark is not only present in London, but right across the world, it is going to be a wonderful afternoon.”
Andrew Lancel who will play Brian Epstein in London this summer
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