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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Outdoor Theatre

Watch a fast-paced, charmingly chaotic interpretation of the classic Shakespeare comedy by the intrepid Handlebards who carry their costumes, props and entire set on their bikes!

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Be enchanted by The Handlebards as they perform their take on A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is fast, funny and fearless. If you’ve never seen Shakespeare before, there’s no better introduction.

Join The HandleBards in the garden at Dudmaston Hall for an all-male, bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war. The performance is 2hrs with a 20min interval, and will be theatre in the round (360 view).

Handlebards the cycling performers ( they won the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award in 2014 and were nominated 2015, 2016).



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult 21 and under£12.50
Adult Standard£19.50
Child Under 5 years£0.00
Child 12 and under£5.00

The basics

Booking details

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Children welcome. Under 5s free.

Meeting point

Doors open at 6pm, so bring a picnic and come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

What to bring and wear

Wear suitable clothes for the weather as this is an outdoor performance.


This is an outdoors performance and surfaces may be uneven, including a sloped garden.


Chairs, picnics, blankets and any other low level accessories are welcome. In case of rain, please don’t bring umbrellas as they block sight-lines for other audience members. Ponchos and raincoats are just as fetching, so please wear these instead.

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