The theatre company which got on their bikes to take Shakespeare to the masses
Shakespeare is often a favourite among theatre companies putting on outdoor shows in the summer months, but there is one company presenting the work of the Bard in the open air that has an eye-catching USP. The HandleBards, as their name wittily suggests, travel to all their performance venues on bicycles, carrying their props and costumes with them. Since 2013, they have pedalled more than 6,000 miles across the UK to perform ecologically- sound, bicycle-powered Shakespeare. Later this month they will be bringing their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Howsham Mill, an 18th century John Carr-designed watermill on the River Derwent near Malton.