It has been an astonishing six years since TV viewers enjoyed the antics of crime and countryfolk in ITV’s popular Heartbeat. Now it’s back in a special stage production featuring some of the series favourite characters.
Based on The Constable series of novels by Nicholas Rhea, Heartbeat ran for 18 years from 1992 to
2010 and was a regular fixture on Sunday night, with audiences frequently exceedingly 10 million viewers.
For a show that was constantly in the top five TV programmes across all the channels it came as a shock to everyone when the plug was pulled.
The stage show, which opens at the Wycombe Swan on Monday, stars David Lonsdale, who played the loveable David Stockwell, and Steven Blakeley who was PC Geoff Younger.
They are joined by Hollyoaks star, Matt Milburn who will appear as handsome copper PC Joe Malton.
Other favourite characters (though not played by the original stars), including barmaid Gina Ward and mechanic/ undertaker Bernie Scripps, will also be making an appearance in the production which, with use of video footage and atmospheric set, recreates the atmosphere of 1960s rural Yorkshire.
The two-hour show also features a new script, original storyline and fabulous ’60s music, which was always a feature of the TV series.
2016 Tour Dates
March 21-26, Wycombe Swan
March 28-April 2, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
April 5-9, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne
April 11-16, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
April 25-30, Manchester Opera House
May 9-14, Derngate Theatre, Northampton
May 16-21, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
May 23-28, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
May 30-June 4, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
June 6-11, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
June 14-18, Opera House, Buxton
June 20-25, Richmond Theatre
June 27-July 2, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
July 5-9, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.