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Audiences at The Epstein Theatre must have thought they had stepped into a time machine when they attended the opening night of Liver Birdsong!
For when they arrived at the Theatre on Hanover Street, it had been transformed back into its previous guise as the old Cranes Theatre.
The ushers and theatre staff were decked out in vintage 1940s uniforms to greet the audiences who had to come to see the premiere of a brand-new Blitz Musical.
The Epstein had turned back the hands of time to the 1940s as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project – Celebrating the Epstein.
The theatre has received £46,300.00 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to launch the project which focuses on the theatre’s history and the central role that it played in forming the city’s artistic heritage.
The Epstein has been entertaining audiences in Liverpool for 100 years. It has had several different names since it first opened as The Crane’s Music Hall in 1913. It soon became a space for local amateur theatre groups and went on to become Cranes Theatre. It then changed its name again to The Neptune Theatre to honour the city’s sea fairing tradition and then once more in 2012 to The Epstein Theatre in honour of Brian Epstein, the manager The Beatles.
For the duration of the show, audiences arriving at the Epstein, which will be renamed Cranes Theatre for the occasion, will be greeted by ushers in their 1940s uniforms and serenaded by bluegrass artists whilst enjoying food and drink from the Forties including a glass of London Pride and authentic wartime sweets to munch on while they enjoy the show.
Picture: David Munn