"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 Castle Players is a community drama group based in Barnard Castle, County Durham. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity. Since establishing in the late 1980s, The Castle Players has become one of the region’s leading non-professional theatre companies.


Romeo & Juliet

"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?"

This summer The Castle Players present William Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo & Juliet.

Directed by Jill Cole, the production is set in a seaside town against a backdrop of mods and rockers in the early 1960s.

This year the audience will enjoy a real "seaside" experience before the show and during the interval.

Performances take place from July 8th to July 12th, outside in the grounds of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. General booking opens May 1st.

Castle Players prepare for 25th production - Romeo and Juliet set in early 1960s

Preparations are beginning for The Castle Players' next summer production – a version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in a seaside town against a backdrop of mods and rockers in the early 1960s.

Volunteers are being sought by the Barnard Castle-based Castle Players for on and off-stage roles.


RSC Open Stages 2013-2016

Open-Stages 2013-16We 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. Read more.