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Much Ado About Nothing by The Handlebards. Direct from the UK.
Played 11 - 21 October, 2016 at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One
Played 12 October, 2016 at ACS Auditorium @ Ipoh
Played 23 & 24 October at Penang PAC @ Straits Quay
Performed by The Handlebards
Presented by Gardner & Wife Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Once again, with the support of British Council Malaysia, UK's Handlebards brought us our second Shakespeare - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. For the first time we included a tour to ACS Ipoh, marking 100 years since the school presented Malaya's first ever Shakespeare production! Here's hoping we won't have to wait another 400 years before they're back!
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Benedick, a gentleman soldier, hates Beatrice, the niece of Messina's governor. She feels the same about him. But Count Claudio, Benedick's friend, is smitten by the governor's daughter, Hero. They plan to marry in a week. To fill in the time until the wedding, they set about tricking Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love with each other. But a disgruntled Don John plots to ruin Hero and halt her wedding. Expect a rib-tickling production of this joyous comedy (there are no deaths whatsoever in this one!)

Following their very successful tour with A Midsummer Night's dream in March, Handlebards returns! This time with one of the Shakespeare's most popular works - Much Ado About Nothing. Once again, four men play all 20 characters!
trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Almeida Theatre/UK Tour), A PROVINCIAL LIFE (National Theatre Wales), THE 24 HOUR PLAYS (Old Vic Theatre/OVNV), HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES (Torch Theatre), Bob Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Old Red Lion & Theatre Maxim, Stockholm), LAUGH YOUR FARCE OFF; HAPPY NEVER AFTER (Pleasance Theatre) and Narrator in UNDER MILK WOOD (Farnham Rep).s Liam has also been involved in various workshops with National Theatre Wales, Theatre 503 and Old Vic New Voices, having also written / produced his own play THE BENCH in conjunction with So And So Arts Club.
MATT MALTBYMATT MALTBY graduated from Drama Studio London in 2014, and has performed in California, Chicago, Japan, across Europe and the UK in roles including Romeo, Dionysius and the title role in DON CARLOS. Matt is an artistic director of both the Reversed Shakespeare Company and Pint-Sized, an evening of new writing at Jermyn Street Theatre; he is a member of the award-winning ONEOHONE and Factory Theatre companies. His writing has been performed at The Criterion, Jermyn Street and New Diorama theatres, and his directing work has been selected for Mervyn Stutter's PICK OF THE FRINGE. He's absolutely delighted to be a HandleBardl.
PAUL HILLIARPAUL HILLIAR graduated from The Oxford School of Drama last summer. At no point whilst training did he cycle the length of the country, but he did play Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and perform at The Globe as part of the Sam Wanamaker Festival. He has spent the last few months working at the Houses of Parliament, so is naturally very excited to be cycling, fast, in the opposite direction. Already a keen London cyclist, he is looking forward to detoxing his lungs; and is very proud to be doing this as a HandleBard.
STANTON PLUMMER-CAMBRIDGESTANTON PLUMMER-CAMBRIDGE is very excited to be taking part in this year's HandleBards summer tour, and can't wait to get biking. After graduating from Bowdoin College, he trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, finishing in August 2015. While at drama school he played Amir in Mike Bartlett's 13 (directed by Tim Hoare) at the Unicorn Theatre. Other credits while studying include Othello in Shakespeare's THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO: THE MOOR OF VENICE, and Tom in MONSTER by Duncan Macmillan. He has most recently been in a production of MACBETH at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by Amy Draper. When not acting Stanton enjoys walking, talking, sitting, standing, and sleeping.
About The Handlebards
Since 2013, the HandleBards have clocked-up over 5,000 miles by cycling around the world to perform Shakespeare. Described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as 'uproariously funny', they set the world on wheels with their unique brand of extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic, environmentally-friendly cycle-powered theatre. They're currently touring "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Richard III" around UK and on to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Follow by touring to India, Singapore and Malaysia this September and October. Click here to visit their website
Production/Stage Manager (MY) - Ng Wei Hock
Tour/ Stage Manager (UK) - Olly Jacques
Lighting Coordinator - TBC
The Star05/03/2016 The Star by Dinesh Kumar Maganathan
All the group’s farce and fun on stage, no matter how ludicrous, really makes for good entertainment… Each actor brings his own charm to the stage, wowing the audience with their larger-than-life personalities, lyrical voices and their utter love for Shakespeare… + more

The Stage17/06/2015 The Stage by Pat Ashworth
…gloriously eccentric and very, very funny... the triumph of all this is that it remains wholly true to Shakespeare. + more

Shields Gazette25/07/2016 Shields Gazette by Vicki Newman Read
I laughed until I cried. There's nothing else out there like the HandleBards. + more

Hartlepool Mail26/07/2016 Hartlepool Mail by Vicki Newman Read
A glorious five-star production that will have you giggling uncontrollably + more

The Star05/03/2016 The Star by Dinesh Kumar Maganathan
…cycling around the country, carrying your set, props and costumes and performing Shakespeare is the kind of adventure that he would enjoy… + more

Malaysia Reserve16/02/2016 Malaysia Reserve by Amir Hafizi
…even with only four actors playing all the parts with only the set, props and costumes they could carry on their bikes, the play is complete and (we hope) totally understandable! + more