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The Castle Players is a community drama group based in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Since establishing in the late 1980s, The Castle Players has become one of the region’s leading non-professional theatre companies.

"Is there any other group, amateur or professional, apart possibly the RSC, which could fill any venue in Teesdale for four nights with any work by the Bard?"

 

Coming soon from The Castle Players

Journey’s End

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Thanks to an award from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, we have the opportunity to present an additional piece of work this year.

To nourish new directing talent, we have been awarded a grant to produce a published work with the help of an established director.

Supported by Jill Cole, Steven Bainbridge – recently seen playing Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet and Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles – turns his hand to directing R C Sherriff’s moving account of life in the trenches during the First World War. 

Journey’s End will be performed at The Witham Hall on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.

The 39 Steps (Re-climbed!)

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Adapted for the stage by Simon Pell, from the novel by John Buchan, The 39 Steps (Re-climbed!) is a ripping whistle-stop spy adventure yarn that steams full speed from London to Scotland and back again to save England from ruthless foreign powers in the immediate build-up to The Great War. This ensemble production is a highly entertaining, gripping, and hilarious tongue in cheek comic book style journey for the whole family that has a heart/clock stopping finale. Buchan’s popular novel was published in 1915. What better time could there be to create a brand new and unique stage version of this classic adventure story during the current centenary commemorations of World War One?

The first meeting for this show will be on Monday, September 1st at 7pm in the DLI Club, Barnard Castle.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Next summer’s production is Shakespeare’s beloved romp, The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Mary Stastny, in the grounds of The Bowes Museum.

The performances will take place from Tuesday, July 7th to Saturday July 11th 2015.


Shafts of Light

On Friday, August 29th The Castle Players performed Shafts of Light during a late night opening of The Bowes Museum.

This engaging and enlightening collection of short stories, readings and poems complemented the Shafts of Light: Mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfield exhibition.

RSC Open Stages 2013-2016

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We have been selected to participate in the next RSC Open Stages project with our summer 2014 production of Romeo & Juliet.

The Castle Players was part of the RSC's project in 2012 which involved over 260 amateur theatre companies and an astounding 7,000 amateur performers.

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