ITV’s ever-popular police drama Heartbeat is back – on the stage.
It will feature at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre from Tuesday until July 9, and stars members of the TV cast, including fans’ favourite David Lonsdale.
Lonsdale said fans could expect a great show: “The stage production is a completely new story, but with many elements of the original TV show which the audience will recognise immediately.
“There’s the pub of course, and several familiar characters, along with tons of music.
“Audiences so far have really taken to it; we obviously can’t reproduce the Yorkshire Moors, but with projection and a clever set design we do get the audience out and about. The atmosphere of the piece is wonderful.”
He hopes the show will come back to TV: “I honestly believe that there is still a place for Heartbeat. It needed a break and a little refreshing, but the level of interest and affection is still huge. It just hit the right note.”
Grand spokesman Scott Bird said: “Heartbeat ran for 18 years from 1992 to 2010 with audiences regularly exceeding 10 million viewers. It was constantly in the top five TV programmes across all the channels.
“Now it comes to the stage in this touring production which, with use of video footage and a clever set, recreates the atmosphere of the 60s in rural Yorkshire.
“Fans can come and see David Stockwell, Gina Ward, PC Geoff Younger and a number of the other popular characters in a two-hour live stage production with a brand-new script.
“They can go back to the 60s with all the great music that was always a feature of the TV series.”