Culture, Issue 8

Shakespeare in the saddle


The theatre troupes pedalling their way through the UK

Sometimes an idea comes along that just feels right for the times. So it is with Handlebards, the touring Shakespeare theatre company that eschews the usual trappings of plush venues and motorised transport and instead focuses on the open road and the humble bicycle.

Made up of two separate four-person troupes – one all-male, this year performing Midsummer Night’s Dream, and one all-female, currently touring As You Like It – the actors travel the country
by pedal power alone. They carry with them all of the necessary sets, props and costumes, and perform, in their own words, “extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable Shakespeare”.

We’re delighted to confirm that various YHA hostels figure in their summer tour schedule. You can catch them at the following venues. And prithee be warned: audience members have been known to end up on stage.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1st August 2017 7pm YHA London Lee Valley
2nd August 2017 7.30pm YHA Cambridge
8th August 2017 6.30pm YHA Beverley Friary


As You Like It

19th August 2017 7pm YHA Okehampton
20th August 2017 3pm YHA Treyarnon Bay
1st September 2017 7pm YHA Brighton
2nd September 2017 7pm YHA South Downs

There’s no need to book – a pay-what-you-will collection is taken after each showing.

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