An employee of Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre has appeared in court accused of stealing more than £270,000 from the venue.
Kelvin Lloyd, who is listed as an assistant manager at the council-owned theatre – formerly the Neptune – has been charged with the theft of £273,109 that allegedly took place over a period of 18 months.
The 27-year-old was arrested last year and appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on March 12, at a hearing where he confirmed his name and address. Lloyd has not yet submitted a plea.
He will appear at Liverpool Crown Court next month.
A spokesman for the theatre said: “We have provided every support to the police to assist them with their investigation and it would not be appropriate for us to comment further during the ongoing criminal proceedings. We remain focused on doing what the Epstein does best: providing top-class entertainment for the people of Liverpool.”
The alleged theft took place between April 2016 and December 2017. In that same month, the Epstein went into administration. However, a financial restructure enabled the continued operation of the theatre, which is named after the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.