The HandleBards are making their U.S. debut in Hampton Roads. Here’s who they are

The HandleBards will be making their U.S. Debut in Hampton Roads. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the Virginia Arts Festival)
The HandleBards will be making their U.S. Debut in Hampton Roads. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the Virginia Arts Festival)

The Virginia Arts Festival is celebrating national bike month by bringing in The HandleBards for the first time in the United States.

The troupe crisscrosses Britain on bikes, taking Shakespeare’s classics to farmers’ fields and village greens — and now brings them to Hampton Roads from May 15-22.

All shows are free and open to the public; additional information including the full schedule below can be found at vafest.org or Virginia Arts Festival facebook page.

This event is supported in part by Pedego Electric Bikes Norfolk, officials said.

Here’s their appearance schedule: 

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Waterside District’s Blue Moon Stage, Norfolk 

Friday, May 17, 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by the NEON’s Glow Ride at 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Plot, Norfolk

For more information on the NEON’s Glow Ride, visit norfolkbikemonth.com.

Saturday, May 18, noon

Location: Ocean view beach park, Norfolk

Pre-show ride from MacArthur Square in Downtown Norfolk hosted by Social Cycling Norfolk, 10 a.m. 

Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.

Location: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Outdoor Plaza, Virginia Beach

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Virginia Arts Festival Courtyard

Pre-show ride from the Birch in West Ghent hosted by Social Cycling Norfolk, 6 p.m.

For more information on the pre-show ride, visit norfolkbikemonth.com.

Saturday, May 25, 3:30 p.m.

Location: Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg

Included with Jamestown Settlement museum admission; free to residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William & Mary students, with proof of residency.

Bike rack space will be available for cyclist use.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating.

Complimentary water will be provided, with additional food and drink available for purchase in the museum cafe.

Coolers, food and outside beverages are not permitted.

Gates open one hour prior to each performance. Individual lawn chairs and blankets encouraged.

No seating provided by venue.

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