The HandleBards

"Explodes with energy, a genuine treat from start to finish."

The Stage


We are the HandleBards: cycling Shakespearean actors who carry all of our set, props and costumes on the back of our bikes, performing extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays across the UK. We specialise in open air theatre, but we’re really happy performing anywhere: theatres, castles, gardens, bicycle shops, pub gardens and schools. You name it, we’ve probably performed there!

Tickets are now on sale for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which we’re cycling to outdoor venues across the UK in 2023, and Much Ado About Nothing, which we’re bringing to indoor theatres throughout the year.

Ride on dear friends.

Education Programme

Your generous gifts will provide schools with high quality Shakespeare shows and workshops

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Summer 2023

Pack a picnic, grab some friends and come enjoy some outdoor theatre...


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Consistently hilarious…crackers and cracking!

York Press


Broadway baby

I have never seen a version as outrageous, or as uproariously funny.

Sir Ian McKellen

Explodes with energy - A genuine treat from start to finish.

The Stage


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