Outdoor theatre in the NE this summer

Published: 16 May 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Leamington Spa-based Heartbreak Productions will bring four outdoor shows to the North East between May and August this year. They are Romeo and Juliet, Private Lives, Gangsta Granny and Wuthering Heights but performed with the company’s own approach.

“We focus on the uniqueness of theatre and particularly the ever-changing relationship between the audience and the actor, which means our audience is encouraged to get involved and not just sit back and let the actors do all the work.” the company said. “Adaptations are based on the ‘play within a play’ approach. Using this mechanism allows us the freedom to put our own twist on popular texts, providing more opportunities for character development and audience participation.”

North East venues and dates are:


Gangsta Granny in Alnwick Garden (28 July at 6:30)

Brancepeth Castle

Romeo and Juliet (3 July at 7:30)

Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond

Gangsta Granny (24 July at 6:30)

Newcastle (Jesmond Dene)

Gangsta Granny (23 May at 6:30, 24 May at 6:30, 25 May at 2:00 and 6:30, 15 August at 6:30)

Private Lives (26 June at 7:30, 27 June at 7:30)

Romeo & Juliet (28 June at 6:30, 29 June at 2:00 & 6:30, 30 June at 5:00)

Wuthering Heights (23 August at 7:30, 24 August at 2:00 & 7:30, 25 August at 5:00)

Raby Castle, Staindrop

Gangsta Granny (13 July at 5:30)

Private Lives (6 July at 7:00)


Gangsta Granny (16 August at 5:00) in Preston Park Museum and Grounds