27 June to 2 July 2016
Reviewed by Deborah Mackenzie
Heartbeat was an extremely popular ITV series set in rural Yorkshire in the 1960’s; based on The Constable series of novels by Nicholas Rhea. This much loved programme had 18 series from 1992 to 2010. This nostalgic hit inspired the first National theatre tour of Heartbeat, which is written by David Lonsdale, who plays David in the series as well as on stage.
As with the TV series we meet the characters getting on with their lives in the rural Yorkshire town of Aidensfield. The train arrives and a rather suspicious stranger, a young Irishman, arrives looking for a place to stay for a couple nights, he is directed to the pub where Gina, the landlady, gives him a room. Not long after this another stranger comes to town looking for the Irishman. Meanwhile, PC Younger and David are trying to complete a list of tasks he has fallen behind in, they end up in some hilarious predicaments. Back at Aidensfield Arms, a tense situation involving Gina and Bernie has erupted involving the two strangers. I will not give any more detail as it will spoil the show.
We found the storyline simple with some twists and turns, similar to the TV series. The actors played their parts well, giving us a lot of laughs, especially with their one-liners at appropriate moments. Having some of the original cast, David Lonsdale and Steven Blakeley made the show, and the audience gave them a great applause when they came on set. The high light for us was David’s dog that brought the house down in laughter.
The rotating set changed scenes from the pub to the dales was simple but cleverly done, and kept the story moving. Having the music take us from scene to scent brought back memories of the TV programme and gave a sentimental feeling to the show.
Seeing two of the originals from the TV series made my evening as David (David Lonsdale) and PC Younger (Steven Blakeley) are favourites with their lovable personalities, amazing facial expressions brought humour to the show. But all the actors performed brilliantly and it was like watching live television on stage. We left still chuckling at the antics and simple but clever humour that speckled the whole story.
Tickets cost from £14.40 to £37.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Heartbeart is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 2 July 2016. or more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
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