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?"

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Tuesday, July 7th to Saturday, July 11th | From 7.30pm

In the grounds of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

In need of money, the fat and foolish Falstaff devises a scheme to seduce two married women and steal their husbands' wealth. But the wives soon discover his plan and join forces to plot their own revenge.

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

Read an interview with Mary from The Northern Echo.

Booking opens to the general public on Friday, May 1st at 10am. 

Castle Players Audition for RSC

For the past couple of years The Castle Players has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on its Open Stages project, performing As you Like It in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2012.

This year, we hope to take things a step further with the RSC’s new project, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation


James Bond at Merry Wives?

Could Daniel Craig be in the audience for this year's summer show? Rumours abound of the star’s presence at the gala opening of The Bowes Museum’s Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition. The VIP event takes place on July 9th - the same week as our show - so the movie star may pop in for some performance tips from the Players! We’d like to reassure all our audience that we’re working with the museum to ensure minimum disruption in terms of access and parking.