Sat 29th Jun 2019
The Handlebards: Much Ado about Nothing
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Price: £12 / £10 concessions
Join their all-male troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
And what’s the play about? Well - a group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.
Customer notice: This is an outdoor performance. Please dress appropriately. Also, no seating will be provided and customers are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets and cushions. Customers are allowed to bring camping chairs but will be seated at the back of the audience area.
Praise for the HandleBards
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “Explodes with energy and is a genuine treat from start to finish.” - The Stage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “There is not a single HandleBard who is anything less than magnificent.” - The Wee Review
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “Five stars just don’t seem enough…” - The Sunderland Echo
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “I laughed until I cried, there’s nothing else out there like The HandleBards.” - The Shields Gazette
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “There is never a moment when the audience is not laughing.” -Broadway Baby
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “A hilarious, heart-felt, high-octane show.” - Young Perspective
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “They make great use of the fourth wall…bringing the audience right into the action.” - Fringe Review
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “An unexpected delight and a must-see!”- EdFringe Review
★ ★ ★ ★ - “Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny.” - The Stage
★ ★ ★ ★ - “It is cheeky, it is hilarious and it is touching (sometimes literally).” - The Reviews Hub
- Saturday, June 29, 2019
Stockwood Discovery Centre
Stockwood Discovery Centre tells the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate.
The display collections include:
- Social history
- Rural crafts
- The Wenlok Jug - a rare medieval masterpiece with strong links to Luton’s history
- Luton's last tram
- The award winning display of Mossman collection of carriages - the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK.
A paradise for garden enthusiasts, Stockwood Discovery Centre is one of the few places in the country where the work of acclaimed artist Ian Hamilton Finlay can be seen on permanent display. His Improvement Garden is a classical garden in which the sculptures are an integral part of the landscape. Once part of the original Stockwood House walled areas, the Period Gardens reflect the changing styles of gardening in this country. New areas include a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants - designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind.
Stockwood Discovery Centre is the perfect setting for events, meetings and celebrations. See Venue Hire for more information.
To become part of Stockwood Discovery Centre's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at Fahim.Qureshi@LutonCulture.com
Other Family Friendly Events
22nd Nov - 1st Feb 2020
Nancy Newberry: Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings / Articles of Faith
Dallas-based photographic artist Nancy Newberry brings her internationally recognised brand of performative photographic portraiture to Luton in a two-part project which includes her first UK commission.
23rd Nov - 24th Dec 2019
Experience true Christmas magic with The Mall’s Giving Grotto – open from Saturday 23rd November to Xmas Eve
The Mall's Giving Grotto