The Courts is the perfect setting for open air theatre performances set with a backdrop of charming topiary and colourful borders. Allow your mind to be whisked away by storytellers, The HandleBards as you sit surrounded by sculptured yew trees and fragrant flowers.
The HandleBards make a welcome return in June with their fast-paced, family-friendly, bike-powered versions of two of Shakespeare's best-loved plays.
The HandleBards began with a sense of adventure, and a love of Shakespeare. The Stage called them “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny”. The Shields Gazette found them “chaotic, clever and charming”. And one young audience member confessed that they had “converted an 11 year old boy into a Shakespeare fan”.
The Handlebards travel by bike because they care about the planet and want to promote sustainability and healthy living. Their take on Shakespeare is fast, funny and fearless. If you’ve never seen Shakespeare before, there’s no better introduction. If you’re a Bard buff, you’ve never seen it done like this!
The HandleBards present 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Tuesday 18 June 2019, 7pm-9pm
Performed by The Boys for this years all-male production of Much Ado About Nothing, the cast are: Robin Harris will be playing Don Pedro, Margaret, Friar Francis, First Watchman & Messenger; William Ross-Fawcett plays Don John, Leonato and Dogberry; Mark Collier acts the parts of Beatrice, Claudio, Conrade, Second Watchman & Sexton; and Ross Ford is playing Benedick, Hero, Borachio, Verges & Antonio.
Young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are soon to be wed but the scheming of a resentful prince looks set to thwart their plans. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever. Look forward to a comedy of love, pretence and disguises.
The HandleBards present 'The Tempest'
Friday 28 June 2019, 7pm-9pm
Introducing you to the new all-female troupe for the HandleBards this summer: Ellice Stevens has green socks, and will be playing Prospero; Katie Sherrard in yellow socks will be performing the parts of Miranda, Alonso, Stephano and Sebastian; Roisin Brehony, in red socks will be playing Ferdinand, Caliban and Antonio; Tika Mu’tamir is in blue socks and is playing Ariel, Gonzalo and Trinculo.
A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty! And, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
The gates open one hour before the performance, previous years have seen guests bring a dinner picnic and enjoy a lovely evening out. We recommend that you bring low-backed chairs or picnic rugs.
Tickets for all performances are available from the Box Office 0344 249 1895 and The Courts Garden Reception 01225 782875.
For evening theatre performances, parking can be found at the Glove Factory car park at Brook Lane, Holt, BA14 6RL.