“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

As You Like It – Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity. Our all-female troupe toured As You Like It across the UK in 2017, before visiting India, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bali and Zimbabwe.

Director: Nel Crouch
Designer: Alberta Jones
Tour Manager: Paul Moss
Fight Director: Tom Jordan
Composer and Musical Director: Guy Hughes
Producers: Paul Moss, Tom Dixon
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Cast: Charlotte Driessler, Eleanor Dillon-Reams, Jessica Hern, Lotte Tickner, Lucy Green


“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

The Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare’s play within a play about the ‘taming’ of Katherine at the hands of Petruchio. Our all-female troupe toured The Taming of the Shrew along with Romeo and Juliet across the UK in 2016.

Director: James Farrell
Associate Director: Callum Brodie
Designer: Nik Corrall
Composer & Musical Director: Guy Hughes
Company Manager: Olly Jacques
Producers: Paul Moss, Tom Dixon
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Cast: Eleanor Dillon-Reams, Lianne Harvey, Lizzie Muncey, Lotte Tickner


“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”


“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy about two lovers who want to do anything but love each other. Our all-male troupe toured Much Ado About Nothing along with Richard III across the UK in 2016, before visiting India, Malaysia, Singapore & Myanmar.

Director: Nicola Samer
Associate Director: Callum Brodie
Designer: Nik Corrall
Composer & Musical Director: Guy Hughes
Company Manager: Stephanie Withers
Producers: Paul Moss, Tom Dixon
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Cast: Paul Hilliar, Matt Maltby, Liam Mansfield, Stanton Plummer-Cambridge


“A bike! A bike! My kingdom for a bike!”

Richard III – Shakespeare’s thrilling history about one of history’s most infamous figures. Our all-male troupe toured Richard III along with Much Ado About Nothing across the UK in 2016, before visiting India, Malaysia, Singapore & Myanmar.

Director: Emma Sampson
Associate Director: Callum Brodie
Designer: Nik Corrall
Composer & Musical Director: Guy Hughes
Company Manager: Olly Jacques
Producers: Paul Moss, Tom Dixon
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Cast: Paul Hilliar, Matt Maltby, Liam Mansfield, Stanton Plummer-Cambridge


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Hamlet, 2015

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”

Hamlet – the play to top all plays. But even plays of this caliber can sometimes do with a HandleBards twist right? We toured Hamlet toured along with A Midsummer Night’s dream across the UK in 2015, before visiting India, Malaysia, Singapore & Myanmar in 2016.

Director: Emma Sampson
Co-Director: James Farrell
Assistant Director: Stanley Walton
Designer: Nik Corrall
Tour Manager: Paul Moss
Fight Director: Tom Jordan
Structural & Mechanical Design: Mike Potter & Electric Pedals
Voice Coach: Michael Corbridge
Movement Coach: Gary Sefton
Cast: Callum Brodie, Tom Dixon, Calum Hughes-McIntosh, Matthew Seager


“I’ll Put A Girdle Round About The Earth In Forty Minutes.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is always a classic. Add bicycle parts and you’re going to get a pretty usual product at the end of it. A Midsummer Night’s dream toured across the UK in 2015, before visiting India, Malaysia, Singapore & Myanmar in 2016. The show was revived in 2017 to tour the UK once more.

Director: James Farrell
Assistant Director: Stanley Walton
Designer: Nik Corrall
Tour Manager: Paul Moss
Fight Director: Tom Jordan
Structural & Mechanical Design: Mike Potter & Electric Pedals
Voice Coach: Michael Corbridge
Movement Coach: Gary Sefton
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Cast: Callum Brodie, Tom Dixon, Calum Hughes-Macintosh, Matthew Seager


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Jan

Macbeth, 2014

“By The Pricking Of My Thumbs, Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

2014’s HandleBards tour was over twice the distance of 2013’s. Our all-male troupe cycled 2000 miles across the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium performing The Comedy Of Errors and Macbeth over 70 times, before taking the shows to Bangalore and Harare too! Macbeth will always be a very special show for us, not least because we became the first company ever to perform atop Dunsinane Hill – the actual location of Macbeth’s historic castle!

Director: James Farrell
Associate Director: Emma Sampson
Designer: Libby Todd
Fight Director: Andrei Zayats
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Producers: Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss
Cast: Callum Brodie, Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss


“For With Long Travel I Am Stiff And Weary.”

2014’s HandleBards tour was over twice the distance of 2013’s. Our all-male troupe cycled 2000 miles across the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium performing The Comedy Of Errors and Macbeth over 70 times, before taking the shows to Bangalore and Harare too! We had an absolute ball with this one; in the last scene 16 characters appear – tackling that with just four actors on stage was an absolute hoot.

Director: James Farrell
Associate Director: Emma Sampson
Designer: Libby Todd
Fight Director: Andrei Zayats
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Producers: Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss
Cast: Callum Brodie, Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss


“A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet was, along with Twelfth Night, the making of our very first UK Cycling Shakespeare Tour in 2013. We cycled from Glasgow to London on the adventure of a lifetime. It didn’t begin well when we broke two bikes, a trailer attachment and our director’s coccyx on our very first cycle!

Director: James Farrell
Assistant Director: Emma Sampson
Designer: Libby Todd
Fight Director: Andrei Zayats
Marketing Director: Callum Cheatle
Producers: Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss
Cast: Callum Brodie, Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss