On the road again but bringing it home too
William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and David Walliams are all in the mix as outdoor theatre specialists Heartbreak Productions set out on their summer 2017 tour offering five productions, with 130 performances at more than 90 venues.
The Leamington-based company has been touring the UK for more than 25 years, but have never taken so many productions on the road, visiting venues from Scotland to Cornwall and from West Wales to East Anglia.
First off is a new adaptation of David Walliams's novel Billionaire Boy, which opens in Leamington's Jephson Gardens on May 31 (6.30pm) and is repeated the following evening at the same time. On June 3/4 the company will be staging the murder mystery spoof Murder On The Terrace (pictured above) by David Kerby-Kendall, who's written for Heartbreak on many occasions. They follow that up, also in Jephson Gardens, with a new take on Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew (June 7/8 at 7.30pm).
They are also reviving one of their old productions, an adaptation of Francis Hodgson-Burnett's The Secret Garden, on June 10 and 11, while the fifth production of this summer's tour is Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, a newly commissioned adaptation by Dani Carbery, who has written for Heartbreak before (June 14/15 at 7.30pm).
Maddy Kerr, Executive Director, said, "It's a really exciting but hectic time for us. But doing such a mix of shows ensures that there's something for everyone, so audiences of all ages and tastes can get involved and experience outdoor theatre in some of the most amazing venues throughout the UK."