Described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as “uproariously funny”, the 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. 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, sees the first outing of their all-female troupe. On the 25th of July they’re stopping off at Theatre Delicatessen, to perform this knee-slapping production of Shakespeare’s whimsical comedy (complete with disguises and deception). Expect a “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” (The Stage, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) night, delivered on eight very sore legs. The girls will be accompanied by live music from a local musician.
“If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”
A nobleman plays a trick on a drunkard, arranging for an acting troupe to perform a play called The Taming Of The Shrew: The beautiful and gentle Bianca has no shortage of admirers, but her father insists that she will not marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is betrothed. To speed up their own advances, Bianca’s suitors persuade fortune-seeker Petruchio to court Katharina. Their plan works – he quickly marries her and carries her off to his country house, where he attempts to tame her… The HandleBards present knee-slappingly funny all-female Shakespeare.