Shakespeare is coming to Buckler’s Hard on two wheels this Saturday (August 26th) as all-female cycling troupe the Handlebards perform As You Like It in support of Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices.
Travelling from show to show across the country by pedal power – and with only the sets, props and costumes that can be carried on a bike – the Handlebards will cycle into the attraction to stage an open-air performance in front of the Shipwright School, overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River.
Unfurl your travel rugs and unpack picnics before enjoying this energetic and hilarious production, for an unforgettable evening in the heart of the New Forest.
The time-honoured comedy As You Like It tells the story of Rosalind and Celia, who are banished from court and don disguises to seek out a new life in the forest, where Rosalind’s lover Orlando is also forced to flee. With love, lust and mistaken identity to contend with, as well as a variety of colourful characters in Shakespeare’s finest tradition, this mad-cap caper becomes a riot of laughs.
Low on frills but big on performance, the Handlebards is the world’s first cycling theatre company re-inventing the traditional travelling theatre troupe of old with a modern environmentally-friendly twist. The company, which has performed Shakespeare across the country since 2013, is split into all-male and all-female groups. Last year, the girls cycled 1,342 miles to play at 50 venues across the UK and only suffered 16 punctures along the way!
The Buckler’s Hard performance will help raise funds for Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices for children and young adults.
Doors open at 5.30pm, with the show starting at 6pm. This is an open air performance with no fixed seating, so bring along picnics and blankets, while low-backed chairs are welcome. In the event of rain, bring rain coats or ponchos. Please do not bring umbrellas, which would block audience views.