Famous comedy performed in stunning grounds

Four actors, four bicycles, 40 characters and a 926-mile adventure.

For two months, the HandleBards – a four-strong, all-male group of travelling players – are travelling from Glasgow to London, carrying with them all of the necessary set, props and costumes needed to perform some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

And on Tuesday, July 9, this quirky group will reach Etal, where they will stage Twelfth Night – the Bard’s famous comedy of love and mistaken identity.

Lord and Lady Joicey have offered to host the event in Etal Manor Gardens, in support of HospiceCare North Northumberland, which is the main provider of palliative care in the north of the county, delivering care and support to adults who have life-limiting illnesses, and to their families and carers.

Grounds open at 6pm with the open-air performance starting at 7pm.

Refreshments will be available but the audience is invited to bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on. Wet weather arrangements are in place.

Tickets are priced £10, £5 students (15–24yrs), and U15s free.

For tickets, call HospiceCare on 01665 606515 or the Ford and Etal Office 01890 820338, or visit www.hospicecare-nn.org.uk.

They are also available from the post offices in Ford and Etal villages.