New manager takes helm at Epstein Theatre

LIVERPOOL’S Epstein Theatre continues its revival with the appointment of a new venue manager by the new directors. 

The Epstein Theatre is Grade II Listed and located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, it was named after the late legendary Beatles manager and ‘Fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein. 

Anthony Proctor steps into the role of theatre manager, and is the latest appointment taking the venue ahead on an exciting new journey. He takes up the post in July.

Also new in post is Sara McPhail, the venue’s new marketing officer. Sara is already in post. Recruitment is now ongoing for a new technical manager. 

Anthony is a popular figure across the entertainment circuit across Liverpool City Region and the wider North West area. He is known for an impressive portfolio which includes performance, teaching, and arts management. 

Liverpool-born Anthony studied performing arts at school in Maghull and launched his acting career straight from school, specialising in performance for children and families. He is currently studying for a Theatre Studies degree at London’s Rose Bruford College. 

Anthony has worked for many of the region’s top arts organisations and diverse festivals including Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Pride, Brazilica, Homotopia, Physical Fest, DaDaFest, Liverpool Summer Pops and, most recently, Liverpool Theatre Festival and Little LTF. 

He said: “It is a huge privilege to have been appointed Theatre Manager and Programmer at the historic Epstein Theatre. Formerly The Neptune, this was the first theatre I ever attended as a child to see a musical version of Robin Hood starring my stepmother’s daughter, actress Emma Bispham. After the curtain came down, I was hooked – that performance led to my life in the theatre. 

“The Epstein is a very special venue with a unique history. There are brilliant plans for its future and I look forward to taking those forward with a very passionate team. I would like to thank Bill, Chantelle and Jane for giving me this amazing opportunity to help to enhance Liverpool’s theatre landscape – and I’m grateful to the city venues where I’ve already worked and had the pleasure of learning the ropes.” 

Bill Elms, Artistic and Communications Director at Epstein Entertainments Ltd, said: “Anthony will play a key role in taking the Epstein Theatre forward with a really exciting bright future. The Epstein has always prided itself on presenting a really diverse programme of entertainment – and we strongly feel that Anthony shares our values in building, strengthening and developing the programme. He has impressive experience and is really relishing the role ahead – Anthony is going to be a real asset to the team.”