Shakespeare plays can often be considered as stuffy and boring… the HandleBards would disagree! Join the madcap cycling theatre company for an hour of fun and games at midday in which they teach rehearsal techniques for making Shakespeare playful, vibrant and accessible to everyone. For everyone aged 12 and above. (Age needed when booking).

FOLLOWED BY “AS YOU LIKE IT”: Doors open 2.30 p.m. with the performance starting at 3 p.m. Tea and cakes will be on sale before the performance and during the interval.

£15 adults, £8 concessions/low waged/children under 16.   Family ticket £30 includes 2 adults 2 children.

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.Join their all-female troupe at Halton Mill for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.And what’s the play about? Well – 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. Visit to find out more!

Ride on with us throughout the countryside,
With comedies and tragedies galore;
Four actors upon bikes are wont to ride,
With legs exhausted and with bottoms sore.
A journey thorough bush and thorough briar,
On a-roads, b-roads, cycle-paths we steer.
On pedalled steeds we stow all we require –
Set, props and costumes, scripts and camping gear.
Hey ho, the wind and rain may slow our ride,
Our chains may bear the whips and scorns of grime,
But this dry-witted, wet quartet provide
A stonking, bonkers, entertaining time.
So join this ped’ling Shakespeare troupe anon,
The HandleBards: ride on, dear friends, ride on.

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