The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their “seriously silly” production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
Join the HandleBards’ all-female troupe at the beautiful Larmer Tree for Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen it before!
Gates open at 4.30pm and show starts at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £15 in advance for Adults which includes free entry for an under 16 child. Tickets on the gate cost £17.00. There will be refreshments on offer from Grounded Coffee, Chilled Ice Cream, Dorset Pedaling Pizza Co, The Dorset Gin Box. There are a small amount of deckchairs available to use on a first come first served basis and picnics, rugs and chairs are welcome.
Shaftesbury Ukulele Band will be entertaining the audience before the show and during the interval.
And what’s the play about? Well – Romeo and Juliet fall in love, despite the fact that both their families hate each other. Hilarity ensues… Well, sort of.
Romeo and Juliet fall in love at a party, despite the fact that both their families hate each other. They know that they will never be allowed to marry in public, so they elope, and with the help of Friar Laurence, marry in secret instead.
Unfortunately, before their wedding night Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin in a duel, and in the morning he is forced to leave her. If he ever returns to the city, he will be put to death.
Juliet’s parents have told her that she must marry Count Paris, but they do not know that she is already married. At first she refuses, but later agrees because she plans to fake her death and escape to be with Romeo forever; again with the help of Friar Laurence.
Friar Laurence designs the plan and gives Juliet a sleeping potion that will ensure she appears lifeless. He fails however, to enlighten Romeo as to the plan’s design. So Romeo then does what all good lovers would…
Praise for the HandleBards
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “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