The HandleBards perform Much Ado About Nothing

A rib-tickling, bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

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 Sunday 5th June they’re stopping off at Larmer Tree, to perform their rib-tickling production of Shakespeare’s joyous comedy (there are no deaths whatsoever!). Expect a “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” night, delivered on eight very sore legs. The HandleBards will be accompanied by live music from a local musician.

Gates will open at 4.30pm and the show begins at 5.30pm. Tickets are £12 – Adults, £10 – Seniors, £8 – Children.

We are joined by The Fiery Fox wood fired pizza, Chilled ice cream & Elsie the cocktail caravan who will be providing refreshments, but picnics are welcome. There are a number of deckchairs available, but please feel free to bring your own chairs or picnic rugs.

The show runs for approximately 2 hours Shaftesbury Ukulele Band will be entertaining prior to the show and during the 20 minute interval.

To book tickets either telephone Larmer Tree on 01725 516971 or book online Click Here

A group of soldiers, including Benedick, Claudio, Don Pedro and Don John, return from a war to stay at the house of Leonato, a respected nobleman. On their arrival, Claudio quickly falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero, and the two of them decide to get married. At the same time, a long-running war of words between Benedick and Beatrice (Leonato’s niece) starts up again.In the run up to the wedding, the lovers decide to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love too, by playing a series of tricks on them. This works, and Benedick and Beatrice secretly fall in love with each other.Don John concocts a plan to make it seem that Hero has cheated on Claudio before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, Claudio humiliates Hero in front of the congregation and leaves her at the altar. The family decide to pretend that Hero has died of grief, and in this melee Benedick and Beatrice confess their love for each other.The local watch, headed by Dogberry and Verges, discover Don John’s plot and reveal Hero’s innocence. Leonato requests Claudio to grieve at Hero’s grave, and then marry Hero’s cousin – who looks remarkably like Hero. At their marriage, Hero reveals her true identity, and Benedick asks Beatrice to marry him. All are happily married.

The HandleBards (L to R - Stanton Plummer-Cambridge, Matt Maltby, Liam Mansfield, Paul Hilliar) small