Described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as “uproariously funny”, the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare’s plays as you’ve never seen them before - fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered.
Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. On 10th June they’re stopping off at Painswick Rococo Garden, to perform their rib-tickling production of Shakespeare’s joyous comedy (there are no deaths whatsoever!). Expect a “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” (The Stage, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) night, delivered on eight very sore legs. The HandleBards will be accompanied by live music from a local musician.
What should I bring to the event?
The event is on an outdoor lawn, therefore we recommend you bring a blanket or chair to sit on. You should bring an extra layer of clothing as the air is likely to get chilly as the evening continues. Do check the weather forecast in advance, and bring a coat in the event of rain. Unfortunately umbrellas are not allowed, as they can block the view for other guests.
Is seating reserved?
No, seating is not reserved. The venue will be open 1 hour before the performance for guests to take their places on their own blankets or chairs.
How long is the performance?
The venue opens at 1 hour before the given start time for you to take your seats and get settled. The performance lasts approximately 1hr and 45 minutes, with a 15 minute interval.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We will have a list of names at the door, so if you don't have a printer, don't worry!
What happens if it rains?
If light showers are forecast the performance will continue. Please do check the weather forecast in advance, and remember to bring your coat if required.
Performances are only cancelled in storm conditions. In the unfortunate event that a performance does need to be cancelled due to weather conditions, the decision will be made 30 minutes before curtain up. An announcement will be made to the audience and on our social media.
What is the refund policy?
Unfortunately tickets are non-refundable.
If the performance is unfortunately cancelled due to storm conditions before the performance has started you will be offered a refund for your tickets. The decision to cancel the performance will not be made until 30 minutes before curtain up.
If the performance is unfortunately cancelled due to storm conditions after the performance has started you will be offered tickets to an alternative performance by The HandleBards, when possible. We will only be able to offer tickets to alternative performances where tickets are still available.