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Preview: Heartbreak Productions at Jesmond Dene

Heartbreak Productions to Premier David Walliams’ Ratburger in its 2016 Summer Line-Up

THE TEMPEST: 1st – 3rd July 2016
MURDER ON THE TERRACE: 8th – 10thJuly 2016
RATBURGER: 15th – 17th July 2016
Newcastle Jesmond Dene

After the rousing success of its 2015 production of the David Walliams novel Mr Stink (Mr Stink review LINK), Heartbreak Productions will premier a stage adaption of Mr Walliams’ bestseller Ratburger in Jesmond Dene at the beginning of the summer holidays over the weekend of Friday 15th– Sunday 17th July.

Heartbreak Productions, a touring company that produces outdoor theatre across the UK, will be mounting the first stage adaptation of the hugely successful David Walliams novel, Ratburger. Their production of Mr Stink in 2015 played to sold-out audiences across the UK, in all types of weather, and even Mr Walliams himself attended a performance. – “I loved Mr Stink under the stars @capelmanor by @hbreakontour tonight. A magnificent stage version of my book. I was very proud.” – David Walliams tweet from 27/8/2015

In a bid to make the production more accessible to all, Heartbreak Productions are providing a BSL interpreter for the Saturday matinee performance on 16thJuly at 2pm.

This is Heartbreak Productions’ 13th year coming to Newcastleand long standing cast member, James Edwards always looks forward to stopping off in the city on the Tyne, “I’ve toured to Newcastlewith Heartbreak Productions for 7 years now and audiences there are always friendly, irreverent and enthusiastic – up for it – compared to some audiences down south. As an actor, it’s reassuring to know that you’ll get an engaging audience there and it’ll never be a duff gig”.

Ratburgerwill tour across the UKas part of Heartbreak Productions 2016 summer season. The play tells the story of a young girl desperate to break away from her horrible mother, and set upon by a sinister neighbour who is determined to have her pet rat for his burger shop.

eartbreak will also tour Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Murder on the Terrace, an interactive murder mystery. Do not expect traditional staging of these classics, however, as Heartbreak’s signature style is to frame traditional pieces in alternative settings. The Tempest, for example, will be set at a pagan stone circle, and performed by modern day druids, connecting
Britain’s ancient traditions with the themes of the play. The Importance of Being Earnest will be moved forward to the eve of the Great Depression. Murder on the Terrace is an original work written by Heartbreak stalwart David Kerby-Kendall. It is an interactive, tongue-in-cheek murder mystery, perfect for a light-hearted and humourous summer evening’s entertainment.

Chief Executive of Heartbreak Productions, Maddy Kerr, said, “We are thrilled that David Walliams has agreed for us to tour the theatrical premiere of “Ratburger” for 2016; it’s a fitting tribute to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Heartbreak’s and we hope that first time audiences from “Mr Stink” will return for another exhilarating experience of Walliams’ mischievous humour and uplifting storytelling.”

Heartbreak Productions has been touring across the UKsince 1991. Based in Leamington Spa, Maddy Kerr and PeterMimmack lead this unique production company that delivers exceptional outdoor theatre to audiences of all ages. Heartbreak aims to tell stories that inspire, entertain, challenge, and help us come to a better understanding of who we are as people and how we can live together.

Heartbreak Productions’ performances do go ahead in the rain. Please check the forecast before you leave and dress appropriately. For Standard tickets, please bring your own seating and sit in the open air; Premium ticket holders are provided with a chair under a tent.

Tickets are available from advance purchase and can be bought on the gate (cash only).

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