Shakespeare by bike for HospiceCare


A four-strong all-male group of cycling players will be stopping off in Morpeth and Ford later this month as part of their summer tour performing Shakespeare’s plays.

The Handlebards, who set off from London at the end of May, will be bringing a Comedy of Errors to Whalton Manor on Wednesday before heading to Ford Castle to perform Macbeth on Friday, in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland.

And the productions form part of the group’s three-month tour across the UK, which started in London on May 28. The men, Callum Brodie, Tom Dixon, Paul Moss and CallumCheatle, will be riding bicycles provided by Luv Handles Bike Boutique, are carrying all the required set, props, costumes and camping equipment for the 2,000-mile journey on their bikes, and have no back-up vehicle in support.

Rebecca Taylor, events fund-raiser at HospiceCare North Northumberland, said: “We are delighted to be the charity partner again for this year’s summer Shakespeare performances by The Handlebards.

“It is a marvellous opportunity to see some first-rate Shakespeare on a summer’s evening, while enjoying a picnic with a group of friends.”

Both performances are at 7pm (gates open at 6pm). Tickets, from £5, available on the website.