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handlebards18.jpg Bespoke Shakespeare

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The Handlebards, pedal into the north-east this August, bringing with them their own eclectic take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

These much feted bards pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costumes necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare right across the globe. They specialise in outdoor theatre and the all male troupe’s alfresco take on Shakespeare is always a joy to behold. (There is an all female troupe too, but they’re off elsewhere in the country doing something called Romeo & Juliet.) They’ve already wowed the crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have even taken their shows into international territory, but wherever they happen to play the one constant is the glittering praise that is heaped upon their Elizabethan be-ruffed heads. They’re playing numerous dates throughout the region this August, so if you’re in the market for gales of laughter and the odd bit of cross-dressing, then make tracks to see one of Shakespeare’s finest at one of the venues below.

Twelfth Night: Friday 10 August, Raby Castle, Darlington; Saturday 11 August, The Cycle Hub, Quayside, Newcastle; Sunday 12 August, Hexham Abbey; Tuesday 14 August, Northumberlandia, Cramlington; Wednesday 15 August, Felton Park; Thursday 16 August, Alnmouth Friary. All 6.30pm. For tickets visit: handlebards.com