Theatre Manager & Programmer Wanted

Theatre Manager and Programmer

Full time – 40 hours per week

About us

The Epstein Theatre (formerly known as The Neptune) was originally opened as Crane’s Music Hall in 1911 and was a popular location for recitals and performances. It was renamed Crane Theatre in 1938. In 1967, the theatre was purchased from the Cranes by Liverpool Corporation and was named The Neptune Theatre. The Neptune also became a comedy club and closed in 2005.

In July 2011, a £1million refurbishment of the theatre was completed which saw the Hanover Street venue brought up to 21st Century standards and renamed ‘The Epstein Theatre’ in honour of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein.  The independently run theatre has since gone on to become a key venue for arts and live entertainment including a strong programme of comedy, plays, cabaret, pantomimes, and children’s productions.

In October 2021, a new management team took the helm as Epstein Entertainments Ltd, a joint venture between Liverpool producers Bill Elms, Artistic and Communications Director; Chantelle Nolan, Artistic and Operations Director; and Regal Entertainments Ltd Company Director Jane Joseph. Chantelle and Jane are well-known for owning and running St Helens Theatre Royal. In recent years, Bill has been celebrated for creating and growing Liverpool Theatre Festival


Theatre Manager and Programmer role – Full Time

To run the venue and oversee a small team of staff from all departments, working closely with the directors of the company to ensure that all targets are met, budget and mission statements adhered to and that any personal or staff issues or taken care of and resolved as quickly as possible. Also responsible for overseeing building maintenance and upkeep and coordinating finances with the accounts team. The theatre manager will also lead on the programming for the venue and act as the first point of contact for promoters and to ensure shows can work for the venue in terms of finance and logistics and to coordinate the theatre’s artistic identity with the directors of the company.


Key responsibilities

  • Managing the various teams, overseeing their performance, and setting goals, handling performance reviews and any disciplinary matters.
  • Liaising with the directors of the company to review venue and team performance, draw up and implement policy and practices and to ensure all targets and goals are met.
  • First point of contact for the buildings landlord and responsible for overseeing venue upkeep and maintenance.
  • Coordinating with marketing and PR personal to draw up plans to drive sales.
  • Creating staff rotas with the help of the front of house managers and tracking staff attendance and punctuality.
  • Compiling and cross referencing all staff invoices on a weekly basis to send on to accounts team to create payroll.
  • Main point of contact for all promoters and producers to deal with any issues or queries they might have regarding the contracts.
  • Working closely with the finance manager to oversee the venues budget, spends and track all funds in and out of the theatre’s account.
  • Liaise with the company directors to oversee and coordinate the programming of shows and events. Includes agreeing deals and making sure the shows can work from a standpoint of both logistics and finance.
  • Helping the directors to create an artistic identity for the theatre.
  • Overseeing the issuing of contracts and deposits for the hire of the venue.


Your skills, qualities, and experience.

  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for both management and programming.
  • Excellent customer service skills and to lead by example.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Proactive and flexible attitude.
  • Good understanding of the venue’s artistic identity and place within the city’s theatre landscape.
  • Strong ability to take the initiative and solve problems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage a varied workload.
  • Enthusiasm for theatre is desirable.
  • Attention to detail is essential.
  • Enthusiasm for exploring new initiatives.


How To Apply

Please send your CV and covering letter by 22nd April to the Theatre Director, Bill Elms.

  • Email:, quoting “Theatre Manager Role” in the subject line
  • By post: Bill Elms, Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ

Interviews will take place mid-May with a view for the role to commence asap.


Terms and Conditions

Salary: Paid weekly

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, main hours are 10am – 6pm Mon to Fri, although due to the nature of the role some evening and weekend work may be required.

Contract: Permanent

Probation Period: 3 months

Notice Period: 4 weeks

Holiday Entitlement: As standard recommendation

Pension: Epstein Entertainment Ltd operates a work-place pension scheme

Normal Place of Work: Epstein Theatre, however, work in other areas may be required from time to time.


Epstein Entertainment Ltd is an equal opportunities employee.