Peculius

"4 men, 4 bikes and some pretty extreme Shakespearean adventures."

After hugely successful tours in the summers of 2013 and 2014, described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as 'uproariously funny', the HandleBards will be back on their bikes in 2015 for their most diverse season to date. Two more Shakespeare plays are in the workshop for some bicycle maintenance as we speak - we have a feeling this year will top all the rest.

We've had a fantastic start to the year, beginning with Shakespeare Shuffle at London's Greenwich Theatre on the 30th and 31st of January, followed by a week at the Vault Festival from the 18th to the 22nd of February. We're currently in the middle of our first ever tour of UK schools, and soon we'll be performing at Exeter Cathedral on the 25th and 26th of March.

The HandleBards do Shakespeare differently - performing with eight very sore legs, and using their bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on-stage, whilst playing ALL the parts in Directors James Farrell (RSC, West End, Chichester Festival Theatre) and Emma Sampson's (of Riff Raff fame) wild 1930s indie-folk romps.

If you're new to the HandleBards, here's a short video to show what we're all about, and there's some audience reviews here.

If you want to get in touch drop us an email, and please join us on Facebook and Twitter for our most up to date news and gossip.

Exeter Cathedral
Press Reviews

Upcoming Performances

Wandsworth Fringe, London - 6th, 8th & 10th May | The Comedy Of Errors | 7pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

Wandsworth Fringe, London - 7th & 9th May | Macbeth | 7pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

York International Shakespeare Festival, York - 13th May | The Comedy Of Errors | 1.30pm & 6pm

More Info - Phone: 01904 623 568 | Tickets - This is a free show. Just come to the Museum Gardens!

River Hill Gardens, Sevenoaks - 24th June | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 5.30pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

Warninglid Grange, Haywards Heath - 25th June | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - This is a 'pay what you can' performance.

Capron House (Cowdray Estate), Midhurst - 26th June | Hamlet | 7pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

The Sustainability Centre, Petersfield - 27th June | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01730 823 166 | Online: click here.

Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury - 30th June | Hamlet | 7pm

More Info - Phone: 01722 321 744 | Tickets - This is a 'pay what you can' performance.

Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury - 1st July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01725 516971 | Online: click here.

The Courts Garden, Holt - 2nd July | Hamlet | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0844 249 1895 | Online: click here.

The Courts Garden, Holt - 3rd July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0844 249 1895 | Online: click here.

Farms for City Children, Arlingham - 5th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 5pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01452 741 023 | Online: click here.

Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick - 6th July | Hamlet | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01452 813 204 | Online: click here.

Old Swan and Minster Mill, Whitney - 7th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7.30pm

More Info - Phone: 01993 774 441, Online: click here.

Stowe School, Buckingham - 8th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0845 680 1926 | Online: click here.

Ascott Cricket Pavillion, Leighton Buzzard - 9th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7.30pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

Elstow Abbey, Elstow - 10th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01234 261 477 | Online: click here.

Cottesbrooke Hall, Northampton - 11th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01604 505 717 | Online: click here.

Leicester Guildhall, Leicester - 12th July | Hamlet | 7.30pm

Tickets - Phone: 0116 253 2569 | More Info - Online: click here.

Nottingham Castle, Nottingham - 14th July | Hamlet | 7.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0115 989 5555 | Online: click here.

Newark Castle and Gardens, Newark - 15th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01636 650 000 | Online: click here.

Newstead Abbey, Newstead - 16th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0115 989 5555 | Online: click here.

Recycle Bikes, Sheffield - 17th July | Hamlet | 7pm

More Info - Phone: 0144 250 7717, Online: click here | Tickets - This is a 'pay what you can' performance.

Sheffield Amphitheatre, Sheffield - 18th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 5pm

More Info - Phone: 0114 221 1900 | Tickets - This is a 'pay what you can' performance.

Ordsall Hall, Salford - 21st July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0161 872 0251 | Online: click here.

Rufford Old Hall, Ormskirk - 22nd July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0844 249 1895 | Online: click here.

Hoghton Tower, Preston - 23rd July | Hamlet | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0844 888 9991 | Online: click here.

Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge - 24th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0844 249 1895 | Online: click here.

Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge - 25th July | Hamlet | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0844 249 1895 | Online: click here.

Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York - 28th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01904 654 818, Email: enquiries@theyorkcompany.co.uk

Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York - 29th July | Hamlet | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01904 654 818, Email: enquiries@theyorkcompany.co.uk

Bolton Castle, Leyburn - 31st July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01969 623 981 | Online: click here.

Crook Hall, Durham - 2nd August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0191 384 8028 | Online: click here.

Crook Hall, Durham - 3rd August | Hamlet | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0191 384 8028 | Online: click here.

Crook Hall, Durham - 4th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0191 384 8028 | Online: click here.

Guisborough Forest and Walkway, Guisborough - 5th July | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01287 631 132 | Online: click here.

Raby Castle, Staindrop - 6th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01833 660 202 | Online: click here.

The Cycle Hub, Newcastle Upon Tyne - 8th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 0191 276 7250 | Online: click here.

Whalton Manor, Morpeth - 9th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01665 606 515 | Online: click here.

Ford Castle, Ford and Etal - 12th August | Hamlet | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01665 606 515 | Online: click here.

Bowhill, Selkirk - 13th August | Hamlet | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01750 222 04 | Online: click here.

Kailzie Gardens, Peebles - 14th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01721 720 007 | Online: click here.

New Lanark Mills, Lanark - 15th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01555 661 345 | Online: click here.

Edinburgh Fringe - 18th August | Cycle to a SECRET SHOW | Time TBC

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Edinburgh Fringe - 19th August | Cycle to a SECRET SHOW | Time TBC

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 20th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 21st August | Hamlet | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 22nd August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 23rd August | Hamlet | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Edinburgh Fringe - 25th August | Cycle to a SECRET SHOW | Time TBC

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Edinburgh Fringe - 26th August | Cycle to a SECRET SHOW | Time TBC

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 27th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 28th August | Hamlet | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 29th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 30th August | Hamlet | 6.45pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01312 260 000 | Online: click here.

Cambo Estate, St Andrews - 2nd September | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01333 450 054 | Online: click here.

HM Frigate Unicorn, Dundee - 3rd September | Hamlet | 8pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01382 200 900 | Online: click here.

Coupar Angus Town Centre - 4th September | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7.30pm

Tickets and Info - Phone: 01828 628388 | Online: click here.

Hatton Castle, Newtyle - 5th September | Hamlet | 6pm

Tickets and Info - Email: hattoncastle@gmail.com | Online: click here.

Hatton Castle, Newtyle - 6th September | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6pm

Tickets and Info - Email: hattoncastle@gmail.com | Online: click here.

The Rookery, Streatham Common, London - 8th September | A Midsummer Night's Dream | 6.30pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

The Rookery, Streatham Common, London - 9th September | Hamlet | 6.30pm

More Info - Phone: 07986 784 207 | Tickets - click here.

Central London - 10th, 11th, 12th September | TBC | TBC

An Environmental Conscience.

Last year we saved 50.2 tonnes of CO2 by travelling by bike, and we rewarded by winning the the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. We'd like you to be environmentally concious too. Here's a few possible ways:

- At some venues in 2015 we'll be offering discounted tickets to anyone who cycles to the show. Details of where will be announced soon.

- Why not visit GoCarShare.com and visit us on a lower carbon footprint?

- Have you got an old bicycle part or accessory that you don't want anymore? Get in touch and we'll keep your green conscience squeaky-clean by recycling it for use in our shows.

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The HandleBards are very grateful for the support of LUV Handles Bike Boutique, their Patrons, and the following Partners:

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