With the Royal Shakespeare Company not returning to Newcastle this autumn and the August Customs House Bard in the Park production in South Shields unable to find funding, Pink Lane Productions, based in the Jazz Café in Newcastle’s Pink Lane, decided there is a gap that needs to be filled.

Pink Lane, in association with KG Productions, has created the Loyal Shakespeare Company which will present To Wit: To Woo, Lessons in Love from William Shakespeare, at the Jazz Café on 16 and 17 September.

This series of extacts from Shakespeare plays, devised and directed by KG Productions’ artistic director Peter Lathan, features some of the region’s leading actors performing a variety of love scenes from As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, of course, Romeo and Juliet, along with some of the sonnets.

The cast includes Neil Armstrong, Iain Cunningham, Christina Dawson, Jill Dellow, Jessica Johnson, Alex Kinsey, Steven Stobbs and Rachel Teate, who between them play 18 parts, along with jazz singer Grace Ellen.

Tickets cost £5 and are available on the night at The Jazz Cafe, Pink Lane, Newcastle.