Anyone for outdoor Shakespeare at Lauriston Castle?

Prepare yourself for a high-octane weekend of cunning schemes, love sickness and cross-dressing, courtesy of innovative theatre company Peculius.

At Lauriston Castle on Saturday 5 July and Sunday 6 July, The HandleBards, a four-strong, all-male troupe of travelling players, will be performing two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night as part of their cycling tour of Britain. 

Grab your picnic blanket and head down to Lauriston Castle to enjoy this enthusiastic and engaging show, with some special music thrown in too!

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) - find more details on how to book on the Edinburgh Museums website.


The group will pass through 25 venues across Scotland and England, beginning at the Glasgow Riverside Museum, now the European Museum of the Year (European Museum Forum Awards 2013), and finishing up at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, which recently hosted its 100th Chelsea Flower Show. They will also perform at The Dell in Stratford-upon-Avon (the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor playing space) Bolton and Newark castles and Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire, where Shakespeare himself performed in 1585.

The four HandleBards will play multiple characters in each 1930s-set play, fully engaging showgoers with some unusually energetic audience interaction.

As part the challenge, The HandleBards, who are supported by the Old Vic Theatre, will carry all the required set, props, costumes and camping equipment necessary for the 926 mile journey on their bikes, with no back-up vehicle in support. They will cover a distance equivalent to that between Land’s End and John o’ Groats.

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