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Pedalling their Shakespeare

Published: 12 May 2019
Reporter: David Upton

The HandleBards, the world's first (and only?) cycling theatre company, will kick-off a programme of possibilities at The Reader Mansion House in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park with Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing on August 10.

The performance is the first in a programme of activities planned by The Reader, as it prepares to open the doors to the Grade II listed mansion this summer following a £5m refurbishment.

Alongside the Storybarn, café and an ice cream parlour, it aims to be a community where anyone can come to experience literature, develop new skills and explore creativity.

In addition to The Handlebards' performance, in the Garden Theatre to the rear, the opening programme promises something for everyone, with cultural events including literature, art and music. The full programme is set to be announced in June.

The HandleBards perform most of their shows by pedalling from venue to venue, with all the set, props and costume necessary. The all-male troupe’s production will be filled “with chaos and laughter”.

The show will go on come rain or shine, so dress for the weather.