Shakespearean sell out with The Handlebards at Northumberlandia

The HandleBards (the Peddling Shakespeare: Cycling Theatre Company) went down a storm for the seventh year running at its outdoor production of the comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Northumberlandia.
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The play, performed outdoors, included four young lovers lost in a magical forest, the Fairy King and Queen fighting for the possession of a changeling boy and a group of amateur actors heading to the same forest to rehearse for a play which saw humans and fairies collide.

The rendition went down a storm under the watchful eye of the Lady of the North – and even the weather behaved.

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Committed to providing environmentally-friendly open-air theatre across the country, the Shakespearean actors pedal from venue to venue with the set, props and costumes on their bicycles.

Sell-out performance at Northumberlandia. Picture: Frances SmilesSell-out performance at Northumberlandia. Picture: Frances Smiles
Sell-out performance at Northumberlandia. Picture: Frances Smiles

In previous years, the Cramlington site has hosted performances of As You It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.

Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, Northumberlandia is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. Built by the Banks Group, on land donated by Blagdon Estates, Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the managing agent, working on behalf of the Land Trust.

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