Great news for fans of Shakespeare!

For the third year running, The HandleBards, the world’s first bicycle-powered Shakespearean actors will be heading back to Northumberlandia in Cramlington. Joining Northumberland Wildlife Trust, they will be wooing the region’s lovers of the Bard of Avon with their extremely energetic performance of Twelfth Night - all under the watchful eye of one of the Northeast’s most famous landmarks.

Written in 1601, the play features Duke Orsino who is in love with Lady Olivia, who will not have anything to do with him. Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead, meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous butler, Malvolio. There is drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty… a bit like a 17th version of EastEnders.

The four-strong, all male troupe of actors who pedal from venue to venue with the set, props and costumes on their bicycles, specialise in open-air theatre across the globe whatever the weather. In previous years, the site on Fisher Lane has hosted performances of ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to enthusiastic audiences.

Tickets are now on sale for the event - priced at £15 per person with under 12’s going free. To book a place visit

So save the date: Tuesday 14 August, make a note of the time: 6:30pm - 9.30pm (including the interval) and enjoy a great evening of entertainment in usual HandleBards style. Gates open at 5:00pm.

This is a fundraising event on behalf of Northumberland Wildlife Trust.