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The Handlebards: Romeo and Juliet
Logo & two crying actors

About

Three HandleBards cooped up together during lockdown. Fuelled by cabin fever and a bookshelf full of Shakespeare, we did what the Bards do best and created an unhinged and bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Romeo & Juliet.

With music, mayhem and more costume changes than you can shake a spear at, expect our usual irreverent, charming and hilarious style to come bursting onto the stage at Layer Marney Tower. 

Forget the tears and tragedy, pack a picnic and get ready for some socially-distanced, live and wired Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before.

This is an outdoor production so please feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets and cushions. The show running time is 90 minutes (without an interval).

 

How it will work

We’ll be seating households and social bubbles at a social distance for the performance, in line with government regulations. Please make sure that booking is for your household/social bubble only. This will give us an idea of how many groups/picnics there will be on the day. If you want to book for someone else who isn’t in your household or social bubble that’s fine – just book for your household and then book their tickets as a new transaction.

The show will take place outdoors, in all weathers, so please dress appropriately. We won’t allow umbrellas onsite as they block sight lines – but ponchos and raincoats can be rather fetching. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic to the show – as long as you promise to take your rubbish with you when you go, and recycle everything you can!

 

Keeping you safe

We have implemented a range of extra safety measures to keep you safe during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. You can read a copy of these safety measures by clicking below. Please look out for an email from us including these details and make sure you check your spam/junk folders.

Our COVID-19 Safety Policy

 

Pay What You Can Tickets

A limited number of Pay What You Can tickets are available for NHS staff, key workers and people whose financial situations have changed due to the pandemic. Please email paul@handlebards.com for more details.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Colchester

The Handlebards: Romeo & Juliet

Type:Open Air Theatre

Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

Tel: 01206 330784

Opening Times

Season (28 Sept 2020)
DayTimes
Monday16:00 - 18:30

* Layer Marney Tower is open to visitors from Sunday 29th March 2020 until Sunday 27th September 2020., as well as on special occasions such as Heritage Open Days and Invitation to View.

The tower has re-opened following COVID-19 and is currently open Sundays through to Thursdays 11am to 5pm. The Tea Room is also open within the Long Gallery. Please check with the tower directly before travelling.

It can be hired out privately for weddings and functions throughout the year.