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Published on July 21st, 2019 | by Steve Budden


The Handlebards Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The Handlebards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally friendly Shakespeare across the globe.

Their all-male troupe are heading to Tonbridge on Tuesday 6th August for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing like no other. In usual Handlebards style, audiences can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
★ ★ ★ ★ “Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny.” The Stage

And what’s the play about? Well – a group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.

This is an outdoor production in the Library Gardens at Tonbridge School, so audiences should bring their own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

Tuesday 6th August 6.30pm Library Gardens, Tonbridge School Tickets £17 in advance, £19 on the day, U18’s £11, U10’s free www.emftheatre.com 01732 304241

Notes on the company:

The company began life in 2013 as a group of entrepreneurial friends with a shared passion for sustainability and traveling theatre. Since then they have cycled over 8,200 miles across the whole of the UK, performing to over 70,000 people in castles, gardens, museums, bicycle yards and public amphitheaters. This summer they will breach 10,000 miles with an all-male production of Much Ado About Nothing and an all-female production of The Tempest. The cast consists of only four actors, which results in fast-paced multi-rolling that gives The HandleBards their unique brand of irreverent and family-friendly comedy. www.handlebards.com

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