Come rain or shine, Heartbreak Productions have been touring unique, award-winning outdoor experiences from their base in Leamington Spa for 30 years.
Before embarking on a national tour that will perform at more venues than ever before, they will be opening all four shows in Leamington over the next few weeks.
With the 2020 tour cancelled due to pandemic, Heartbreak is finally able to return to open air venues with the shows they planned for last year: The Great Gatsby, Wonder With Grimm, Mr Stink, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As audiences return to the joys of attending live theatre, Heartbreak is thrilled to be back on the road…
Marking the 100th anniversary of The Roaring 20s, The Great Gatsby will be served up with a twist of iconic Heartbreak style. Set at a garden party, this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic will take its audiences on a wild ride through Gatsby and Daisy’s romance – with a generous splash of jazz.
WHEN & WHERE: Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa | Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd June at 7.30pm.
David Walliams’ family-friendly best-seller, Mr Stink, returns to Heartbreak’s summer catalogue for the first time since 2015. 10-year-old Chloe and the housing-challenged Mr Stink forge an extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.
The programme will include the winning poem written on the theme of homelessness for Heartbreak’s 2020 Poetry Competition. Many venues will also be collecting for Shelter at the performances.
WHEN & WHERE: Leamington Rugby Club, Leamington Spa | Friday 4th June @ 6.30pm and Saturday 5th June 2pm & 6.30pm.
Open-air staple, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, weaves its way through tangled lovers, warring fairies, and hapless human beings… but it’s a Heartbreak Productions adaptation! So, transporting the action to an environmental protest camp, Heartbreak uses Shakespeare’s timeless imagery to emphasise the importance of the environment with costumes and sets created from recycled materials.
WHEN & WHERE: Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa | Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th June at 7.30pm.
Based on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Wonder With Grimm promises audiences an enchanting evening full of magic, puppetry, music, and dance – with altered endings and a modern twist. To round off the evening, Heartbreak performs an original fairy tale penned by their Find Your Voice competition winner, Kasper, a Y4 student from Leamington Spa.
WHEN & WHERE: Jephson Gardens June 11th 6.30pm and June 12th 2pm & 6.30pm.
Maddy Kerr, Heartbreak’s Executive Director, said: “We are so delighted to be able to tour again this summer and hope we can continue to provide safe and exciting entertainment for audiences as the restrictions gradually ease. We can’t wait to see people relaxing with a picnic and soaking up some much-needed sunshine – and enjoying some cracking theatre!”
Visit: Open Air Theatre touring the UK 2021 – Heartbreak Productions for more information.