The Epstein Theatre, situated at 85, Hanover Street, originally opened in 1913 as Crane's Music Hall. It was renamed as the Crane Theatre in 1938. After being threatened with closure, Liverpool Corporation purchased the theatre in 1967, and they changed the name to the Neptune Theatre. Due to lack of support and falling attendances, the theatre nearly closed again in 1993. In 1997, the name was changed to the Epstein Theatre in honour of the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. The building underwent a major refurbishment and re-opened in 2011 with a capacity of 385. Now it plays host to drama, musicals, pantomimes and concerts.
The theatre is easily accessible by car, bus and train.
By train and tube: The theatre is a two-minute walk from Liverpool Central Station, served by multiple public routes.
By bus: Take any bus to Liverpool One Bus Station and the Theatre is, again, a two-minute walk from there.
By car: You can head for the city centre, following the signs for cathedrals and universities. Turn off the A5038 into Hanover Street. The postcode for satnavs is L1 3DZ.
International: the airport is just 7 miles from the city centre. Trains do not stop there, but you can take the Airlink 500 bus into the city centre which takes about 25 minutes.
Secure parking is available at St. John's Shopping Centre in St. George's Place. L1 1LY. The theatre will validate your car park ticket for up to six hours from 6pm. Other parking is pay and display in the surrounding streets; there are several parking places for the disabled, too.
Access for people with special needs
There are good facilities for the disabled persons and wheelchair users. The venue is equipped with lift (situated in School Lane which is around the corner from the main entrance). There are also ramps and easily accessible disabled toilets.