Peddling Shakespeare: Cycling Theatre Company The Handlebards Announce "4 for 400” Season

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To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the HandleBards have announced their ‘4 for 400’ season – four Shakespeare plays, each performed by four actors who will cycle to over 70 venues across the country, with all of their set, props and costumes in tow.This is the HandleBards’ fourth UK season, having begun their adventure in 2013 with a 967 mile cycle from Glasgow to London. Back then, it was theatre on a shoestring - and not meant figuratively - the boys used shoelaces and a sponge to attach their trailers to their bikes.

Since then, the group have gone from strength-to-strength; they’ve grown from a set of friends with cheap bikes and a rickety old trailer to an internationally successful theatre company, who have performed their brand of fast-paced, bicycle-powered Shakespeare in twelve countries across three continents, winning the support of legions of fans, including British bicycle manufacturer Pashley, whose hand-crafted bikes the HandleBards will be riding throughout 2016.

“With six plays and five thousand miles under our belt, we're ready for our biggest and most ambitious season yet!” says producer and founder Paul Moss. “In this anniversary year, as a way of celebrating the life of the great British playwright, we are excited to put our first ever all-female troupe on the road alongside our internationally acclaimed all-male troupe.”

The HandleBards troupes, known for their on-going drive to promote sustainability within the arts, will be cycling 2500 miles between them, taking different routes from London to Edinburgh. They will perform all-male Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III, and all-female Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew at castles, gardens, bicycle yards and stately homes throughout the country.The boys troupe are touring the UK from the 25th of May until the 3rd of September, and the girls from the 5th of July until the 10th of September. Find out more at 

The Handlebards will perform Much Ado About Nothing at Pallinsburn House on 30th July and The Taming of the Shrew at Ford Castle on 18th August - both events are fundraisers for HospiceCare North Northumberland

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