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Will is This Boy in Epstein play

A young Manchester actor will be appearing in a new play about legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Will Finlason will take on the role of This Boy in The Man Who Made the Beatles alongside Andrew Lancel (who stars as Epstein) at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre this November.

This Boy is the boisterous soul of 60s Liverpool with far too much energy, talent and things to say for himself!

Jen Heyes, co-creator and director said: “The right man for the role needed to be not only a skilled actor but also a great guitarist and singer, and Will very much fits this criteria. From the start we wanted to discover an exciting new talent to play This Boy and with the play being a ‘two-hander’, it was vital for the actor to have good synergy with and complement Andrew. I certainly think we’ve found this in Will.”

Finlason trained at the Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University. In his final year he played Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's much acclaimed Angels in America and the title role in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Since graduating in June he has appeared in The Last Train to Tomorrow, an original work by Carl Davis CBE, which was premiered by the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester during the summer.

Will said: “I’m just thrilled to be a part of such a new and exciting piece of theatre! The part itself is a dream come true and it’s an honour to be working with Andrew Lancel.”

Lancashire-born Lancel most recently played Frank Foster in ITV’s Coronation Street and has also had roles in ITV’s The Bill (as DI Neil Manson), Channel 4’s Queer as Folk (Harvey Black) and BBC1’s Cardiac Arrest (Dr Andrew Collin).

The Man Who Made The Beatles runs from November 15 to December 1 at Liverpool’s newly reopened Epstein Theatre and forms part of the official programme of Liverpool’s 50th Anniversary of The Beatles. It is also a highlight of Liverpool’s established annual Homotopia international arts festival and the first major production at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre, formerly The Neptune.


David Upton