Bowhill garden’s Shakespearean romp on bikes

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A month of song and drama starts this Saturday at Bowhill, with 100 years of musical comedy and bicycling Shakespearean actors.

First up, Michael Lunts – a professional actor-pianist specialising in one-man shows, comedy revues and musical dramas – presents a potted history of comedy song in Tickling the Ivories tomorrow (July 12) in Bowhill 

Delving through the archives from the 1870s to the 1970s, from Gilbert and Sullivan to Tom Lehrer and Music Hall to Monty Python, Michael works his way, and his fingers, through 10 decades of musical wit. Alongside songs by Noël Coward, Flanders and Swann, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, Michael also offers up some less-familiar gems from the genre. Tickets for the show are priced at £12, with an optional supper in the Minstrel Tearoom at 6.30pm costing £13.

Later in the month, back by popular demand after their successful show last year, the all-male Handlebards team make a welcome return to Bowhill, this time with Macbeth.

The HandleBards do Shakespeare differently – performing with eight very sore legs, and using their bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on stage, while playing all the parts, in director James Farrell’s wild 1930s indie-folk romp.

Macbeth tells of ambition leading to tragedy, and features some of the most moving scenes of all Shakespearean works. The production was popular at Bowhill last year, as a clear and intelligent interpretation of Shakespearian text.

The outdoor theatre performance on Saturday, July 19, at 6pm will be performed in the gardens of Bowhill, by the four environmentally-aware young men, who travel between venues on bicycles.

Tickets cost £11 for adults and £9 for under-18s. To book, call 01750 22204 or email Tickets for Macbeth can also be ordered from Border Events at

Booking is essential to secure your spot, with limited spaces available. For more information, visit

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