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The Tempest with the HandleBards

Join the world’s first cycling theatre company, the HandleBards, for an open-air, bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in our grounds.

The HandleBards pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costumes necessary to perform mentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Performed by their all-female troupe, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter from one of the Bard's greatest tragi-comedies. 

And what’s the play about? Well, a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty!

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. Additional food and drink options will be available to purchase on the night.


  • Ellice Stevens

    Ellice Stevens
  • Katie Sharrerd

    Katie Sharrerd
  • Roisin Brehony

    Roisin Brehony
  • Tika Mu'Tamir

    Tika Mu'Tamir

“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