The HandleBards are a small Shakespearean troupe who tour by bike. And to celebrate their 10th anniversary, they’re climbing back into the saddle this summer.
The quirky ensemble are pedalling to open-air theatres, castles, and gardens across England and Scotland. They’re sustainably travelling more than 1,500 miles to bring you over 100 performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The set, props and costumes are all transported in their electric support vehicle while the actors are going solely by bike.
This latest show is a great opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy some culture in the outdoors. And who knows, the sun may just hold out! The shows are family friendly and suitable for ages eight and over. Each show runs for two hours with an interval. So, it’s a fun way to experience a Shakespeare play, without the stuffiness.
Over the last decade, The HandleBards have travelled 15,000 miles with 17 productions to 16 countries. And they’ve performed to roughly 150,000 audience members. Their company ethos is to spread environmental activism through joy. Not just with touring, but with their national schools tour and community-driven work in and around Sheffield. Never ones for staying still, they’re currently cooking up new ideas. So, future productions could see cycle-powered batteries powering entire productions and outdoor theatres crafted from living trees.
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When: On until 9th September 2023.
Where: Across England and Scotland
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the venue.
More info: www.handlebards.com