Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing by The Handlebards in Cobtree Manor Park 

Fri 26th & Sat 27th July, 6:30PM

Tickets:  Adults £17.50 / Children £11.50 (aged 11 - 18)

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-male troupe in Cobtree Manor Park for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ 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 - a group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.

This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

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Praise for the HandleBards

- “Explodes with energy and is a genuine treat from start to finish.” - The Stage

- “There is not a single HandleBard who is anything less than magnificent.” - The Wee Review

- “Five stars just don’t seem enough…” - The Sunderland Echo

- “I laughed until I cried, there’s nothing else out there like The HandleBards.” - The Shields Gazette

- “There is never a moment when the audience is not laughing.” - Broadway Baby

- “A hilarious, heart-felt, high-octane show.” - Young Perspective

- “They make great use of the fourth wall…bringing the audience right into the action.” - Fringe Review

- “An unexpected delight and a must-see!” - EdFringe Review

 - “Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny.” - The Stage

 - “It is cheeky, it is hilarious and it is touching (sometimes literally).” - The Reviews Hub

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