Those touring troupers from Heartbreak Productions have performed in Newcastle in the past few days and this week cross the river to South Tyneside to make a little bit of history.
They will be the first visiting theatre company to perform in the new Harton Quays Amphitheatre, a significant part of the new park which was opened last November by TV presenter Julia Bradbury, who arrived by speedboat to do the honours.
Heartbreak’s Pride and Prejudice is billed as a fresh and contemporary adaptation of the Austen classic, although fans of the author will tell you her words always leap friskily off the page even after all these years.
Ray Spencer, executive director of the Customs House, which adjoins the new park, insists: “This is Pride and Prejudice as you’ve never seen it before but with all your favourite scenes and characters.
“Heartbreak Productions always put on a unique show and their take on Dracula last summer was enjoyed by all who came to see it.
“Heartbreak will be the first outside company to perform in the amphitheatre and we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with one of literature’s most famous tales.”
He urges potential audience members to “sit up straight, compose yourself and prepare to be charmed to blushing point”.
The opening of £2.3m Harton Quays Park and amphitheatre was delayed from last summer until the autumn, meaning this week’s landmark has been a long time coming.
But the amphitheatre has now become another string to Ray Spencer’s bow.
Heartbreak Productions will be back there next Monday, August 25, with their production of Peter Pan & the Lost Boys which is furiously modern and involves skateboarding.
For tickets to either of these Heartbreak shows tel. 0191 454 1234 or buy online at www.customshouse.co.uk