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?"



Pride & Prejudice 

January and February 2016

The Castle Players’ 2016 winter production brings Jane Austen’s ever-popular story of grand country estates, beautiful women, and eligible young men to the stage.

Vivid characters, humour and romance abound in Laurence Sach’s new adaptation.

Whilst Mr Bennet seeks only a quiet life, Mrs Bennet believes that finding eligible husbands for her five daughters is her most important duty. Elizabeth believes that marrying without affection is unthinkable.

For them all, life is about to change when a handsome young man moves into nearby Netherfield Hall.

Pride & Prejudice visits ten community venues between January 8th and February 7th 2016.

Ticket information here.



King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt 1415

Henry V

5th - 9th July 2016

The Castle Players present Shakespeare's epic retelling of Henry's victorious reign and famous victory at Agincourt.

No longer the playboy prince, Henry demonstrates his responsibilities as royal leader and inspiration to his army.

Travel with us as Henry assembles his troops at Southampton, crosses the English Channel and does battle with the French in one of Shakespeare's most theatrical plays.

Action mixes with humour and romance as the Chorus invites the audience to suspend disbelief, "Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts," and "Let us on your imaginary forces work."


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A Dream Come True as Castle Players join the RSC!

March and June 2016

Six Castle Player’s have been cast in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Newcastle and Stratford upon Avon.

The roles will be played by Peter Cockerill (Bottom, the Weaver), Andrew Stainthorpe (Flute, the Bellows Mender), Harry French (Quince, the Carpenter), Ian Kirkbride (Starveling, the Tailor), Ben Pearson (Snout, the Tinker), Graham Fewell (Snug, the Joiner) and director Jill Cole.

The amateur cast will perform alongside a cast of 18 professional actors and a professional creative team, led by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Thanks for coming!

Our summer 2015 production was Shakespeare’s beloved romp, The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Mary Stastny, in the grounds of The Bowes Museum.

Our production was set in the Edwardian era, with a clash of cultures between the Suffragette movement and the Music Hall as it relates to women in society.

Thanks to all everyone who came to see the show and everyone involved on and off-stage. 

Read more about this show.




Result of Merry Wives Champagne Draw

A magnum of champagne was won by Georgina McGill and was presented to her by Mr Farrell, a partner in the company of BC solicitors-Tilly, Bailey and Irvine.

There's a role for you at The Castle Players

Are you fun-loving, sociable, industrious, a team-player, reliable, a first timer, an old hand, experienced, have no experience, over 16, would like to be part of a successful group? 

Whatever your talent or experience we have a role for you at The Castle Players.

Come along to one of our meetings to get involved with a show or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .