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Preview: Heartbeat at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th May 2016

Photo: Andrew Billington
Newcastle Theatre Royal is getting ready to transport its audience to the Yorkshire Dales as the first ever stage production of ITV’s highly-successful 60s police drama, Heartbeat plays from Monday 23rd – Saturday 28thMay.

Photo: Andrew Billington
Based on The Constable series of novels by Nicholas Rhea, Heartbeat ran for 18 years on ITV in its Sunday night slot with audiences regularly exceedingly 10 million viewers and the show was constantly in the top five TV programmes across all the channels.

Photo: Andrew Billington
Now it comes to the stage starring regulars David Lonsdale who played the loveable David Stockwell and Steven Blakeley who played PC Geoff Younger. They are joined by a strong cast including Hollyoaks star, Matt Milburn playing handsome copper PC Joe Malton.  Other favourite characters including Gina Bellamy and Bernie Scripps will also be making an appearance in this production which also features Carly Cook, David Horne, Jason Griffiths, Erin Geraghty and Callum O’neill and which, with the use of video footage and a brilliant set, recreates the atmosphere of the 1960s rural Yorkshire settings.

Photo: Andrew Billington
The production also features a brand-new script and original storyline and offers an opportunity to head back to the 60s, with all the great music which was always a feature of the TV series, in a scintillating two-hour live stage show.

Photo: Andrew Billington
The press have already enthused about it: Sunday Express said: “will delight fans of the TV series”, The Birmingham Mail wrote “Heartbeatmakes a comeback with a great cast”, “the laughs flow easily” wrote the British Theatre Guide and UK Theatre Web added “the clever set does recreate 1960s rural Yorkshire”.

Heartbeat comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 23 – Saturday 28 May. Tickets are from £14.50 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).


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