• Overview

The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet @ Wellesley Woodlands

Three actors cooped up together during lockdown. Fuelled by cabin fever and with a bookshelf full of Shakespeare, they did what they 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 the HandleBards’ usual irreverent, charming and hilarious style to come bursting onto the stage at Wellesley Woodlands

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, taking place in Wellesley Woodlands, so please feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets and cushions, and dress for the weather! The show running time is 90 minutes (without an interval). Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.


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.


Keeping you safe

To help keep everyone safe, we have introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines. Please look out for an email from us in the run up to the event which will give detailed guidance (please check your spam/junk folders), but these will include:

  • Giving you a warm welcome at a safe distance
  • Accepting pre-booked tickets only
  • Using signage to help you maintain social distance
  • Providing hand sanitiser for you to use
  • Reducing capacity for this event
  • Asking you to limit social interactions before, during and after the event to a group of no more than two households or up to six people from different households
  • We encourage audience members aged 11+ to wear a face covering

No refreshments will be available on site but you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Toilet facilities will be provided and regularly sanitised throughout the event.



The event location is near the Wellington Statue GU11 1QB. Free parking is available a very short walk from the venue. Anyone with mobility issues should contact the organisers for advice on the best place to park. We encourage all those who are able to, to attend on foot. The event location is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from the centre of Aldershot.


Book your tickets to see The HandleBards in Romeo and Juliet at Wellesley Woodlands, Aldershot now! 


10% of tickets on sale are Pay What You Can, offered to key workers and those whose financial situations may have drastically changed due to the pandemic. Please contact west.end.centre@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk if you would like to opt in for a Pay What You Can ticket and a team member will be in contact. 

Please ensure you select the correct ticket(s) option when booking. We will be checking tickets upon arrival and reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not hold the appropriate ticket(s). 

  • The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet @ Wellesley Woodlands