How would such a much loved and long-running television series adapt to the stage? The big unanswered question as the large first night audience took to their seats in anticipation of Eastbourne’s first performance of Heartbeat.  It was clear from the beginning that this audience were there to enjoy themselves and be carried away to the North Yorkshire village of Aidensfield in just the same way as they had been during the eighteen series – and more than 370 episodes – on TV. They were not to be disappointed.

This clever stand-alone story written by David Lonsdale – along with the revolving set that facilitated the many scene changes and projected images of the stunning Yorkshire countryside – is a real crowd pleaser with all the elements of a true Heartbeat espisode: moments of pure comedy and others of tension and suspense.  An evening to sit back and enjoy!  OK – you have to use some imagination at times, but isn’t that what theatre is about?

After two hours of being transported back to the 1960s, it was a very appreciative and large group of Friends who gathered in the Theatre bar to welcome the cast and company (sadly without Alfred the Second!) for a first-night after show drink – and how wonderful to see so many old friends back on the Eastbourne stage.

Back: Stephen Blakeley, Callum O'Neill Middle: Matt Milburn, David Horne, David Lonsdale, Jason Griffiths Front: Carly Cook, Erin Geraghty

Back: Stephen Blakeley, Callum O’Neill
Middle: Matt Milburn, David Horne, David Lonsdale, Jason Griffiths
Front: Carly Cook, Erin Geraghty

What a delight to chat to such a lovely group of people and we really do wish them every success with the remainder of their UK national tour!