The Cavern Club. Liverpool. 9th November 1961. The yet undiscovered Beatles were performing on stage. It was a night that changed their lives, and a night that changed the future of the music industry forever.
Arguably the most famous English rock group in history, The Beatles have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. They are also the best-selling band in America.
The band consisted of four singers: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon. In 2013, however, the author, Vivek Tiwary, released a graphic novel titled The Fifth Beatle. So who is this fifth member? His name is Brian Epstein; he is the one who discovered the talented performers on that fateful night at The Caver Club.
Epstein was almost as famous as The Beatles themselves, and his successful management of the group made them go down in music legend history. Despite this, he was only their manager for six years. His complicated personal life - homosexuality, gambling, drug abuse - finally led to his downfall in 1967, when he died of an overdose at the age of thirty-two.
Epstein's life story is now to be told at The Leicester Square Theatre in a play that runs from 5th August 5th - 6th September. Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles was directed by Jen Hayes, written by Andrew Sherlock, and stars Coronation Street's Andrew Lancel. Tickets are £30-£42.50, and will have previews from the 30th July.