We are excited to announce that the Epstein Theatre is entering a brand-new chapter with a new management team at the helm.

Epstein Entertainments Ltd is a joint venture between Liverpool producers Bill Elms, Chantelle Nolan, and Jane Joseph.

The creative team’s exciting plans already include a Christmas pantomime this festive season, which will be announced and on sale this week.

Bill Elms has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, both regionally and nationally. He is director of leading Liverpool based arts PR company Bill Elms Associates, and a theatre producer under Bill Elms Productions, whose previous shows have included Jerry Springer – The Opera, Swan Song, Judy & Liza, and Something About Simon. Last year, he also created the Liverpool Theatre Festival, of which he is Artistic Director – the festival has just enjoyed a successful second year. Bill will become our Artistic and Communications Director.

Chantelle Nolan, who is currently General Manager at St Helens Theatre Royal, is our new Artistic and Operations Director. Along with her mother Jane Joseph, she is one half of the hugely successful Regal Entertainments Ltd which has run St Helens Theatre Royal for the past 20 years, as well as producing top-quality drama, comedy, and panto productions which have toured extensively.

Bill Elms said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been successful in the joint tender for the lease of The Epstein Theatre. This is a venue I have loved with a passion for so many years and is one of Liverpool’s leading historical and cultural gems. I’m excited to play a part in both strengthening and reaffirming its future, with a vision to establish the venue among the most prolific theatres in the industry – we’ll be showcasing established favourites, revivals and new works; working with both local and national producers and production companies, and exploring some mid-scale UK tours that currently tend to bypass the city.”

Chantelle said:

“The Epstein holds a very special place in people’s hearts, myself included. My mother Jane produced the annual panto for many years in the theatre’s previous incarnation as The Neptune, and I appeared in her first show there as a child. Performing there helped fuel my love of theatre, but little could I have known then that I’d be running the venue one day. The Epstein has amazing potential, and we’re absolutely committed to presenting a quality programme of music, comedy, and children’s shows, as well as building on the family pantomime and exploring longer running shows for Epstein audiences.”

Regal Entertainments Ltd Company Director Jane Joseph added

“This is a very special moment for me. I produced my first ever pantomime, Aladdin, at the then Neptune in 1994. I’m incredibly excited that 25 years later, to becoming full circle and returning to the theatre where it all started for me – this time as part of the team running the venue. The Epstein is a theatrical jewel and I’m looking forward to helping it continue to sparkle.”