New Battle as Castle Sings for its Supper

Published Tuesday, 26th May 2015

On Friday 12th June, Hartlebury Castle will be staging a light-hearted battle of the sexes, as it welcomes back Heartbreak Productions for their latest production, Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Set in the Roaring 20s at an Oxford college, Heartbreak’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare's early comedy follows the antics of three young men who set out on their academic path with the best of intentions, but soon succumb to distractions that arise in the form of the fairer sex.

In typical Heartbreak tradition there will be opportunities for audience interaction and the performance features original songs, lyrics and backing tracks commissioned especially for this production.

The performance will start at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm for audience members to set up their picnic rugs and chairs. The performance will take place outside in the castle's carriage circle and the audience are invited to bring picnics with them, though food and drink will also be available to buy. 

Jacqui Watson, Vice Chair for the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust said "this is our first Shakespeare at the Castle event, since becoming owners in March and I can honestly say it’s probably the nicest battle the Castle has ever been part of! It is lovely to be hosting another performance by Heartbreak Productions.  Hartlebury Castle is a stunning backdrop for outdoor theatre and we are really looking forward to what promises to be a wonderful evening.” 

Tickets cost £14 for adults and £7.50 for concessions. You can also reserve a gazebo pitch before the day for £5.  To book tickets, please call Worcestershire County Museum on 01299 250416.  Tickets will also be available on a first-come first-serve basis on the door.

Love’s Labour’s Lost takes place on Friday 12th June at Hartlebury Castle.  Doors open at 6.30pm and the performance begins at 7.30pm.   The performance is suitable for 8 years+ and features mild Shakespearean insults .