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There's Much Ado at Jephson Gardens

You know it's summer when the Heartbreak Productions team roll out their open-air plays in Leamington's Jephson Gardens.

These hugely talented professional actors tour castles and parks all over the country with their well-produced stuff - and you can just imagine how well performances of Pride and Prejudice are received set against some stately home backdrops.

The bad news is this year we've missed the company's first performance of Much Ado About Nothing, last night, but it is back tonight (June 7) at 7.30pm.

Tickets for Shakespeare's best-loved comedy can be bought online or at the park and this year Heartbreak, who are based in Leamington, have updated the play to the First World War and are staging a garden party in aid of the British Red Cross.

The better news is that in the park on June 8 and 9, kids are likely to love The Midnight Gang, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams. This starts at 6.30pm.

And next weekend (June 14 and 15) you can catch Heartbreak's dramatisation of the classic Edith Nesbit story, The Railway Children. Again this starts at 6.30pm.

Sadly Heartbreak's version of Pride and Prejudice is already out on huge tour. If you're on holiday check out their website to see if it's on at a nearby castle. And there will be a chance to see it during an Art in the Park event in Jephson at 2pm on August 4.

Performances take place in all but thunderstorms. It's always worth taking a waterproof and something warm as the evenings get colder when you're sitting around.

It's also not a bad idea to take along a folding chair as seating is limited.

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