Epstein Theatre announces appointment of new manager


Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre has a new manager.

Anthony Proctor is taking over the post at the grade II listed Hanover Street venue which last year came under new management, Epstein Entertainments Ltd.

He will also be responsible for programming at the theatre when he takes up the position on July 1.

The actor, director, teacher and administrator’s most recent role was at Farmer Ted’s Adventure Farm where he was entertainment, production and marketing manager.

His long experience working within the industry in the region also includes the Liverpool Empire, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Pride, Brazilica, Liverpool Summer Pops, Homotopia, Physical Fest, DaDaFest and Liverpool Theatre Festival.

Proctor said: “It’s 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.”

Bill Elms, artistic and communications director at Epstein Entertainments Ltd, said: “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.”