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

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. 

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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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Pride & Prejudice 

January and February 2016

The Castle Players'’ winter production will be Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen’s ever popular story of grand country estates, beautiful women, and eligible young men.

Adapted and directed by Laurence Sach, it will bring a wealth of vivid characters, humour and romance to the stage. 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.

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

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Henry V

July 2016

Next year’s Castle Players’ summer production will be Henry V – one of Shakespeare’s epic history plays with Henry’s famous victory at Agincourt at its centre. It is one of Shakespeare’s most theatrical plays with the Chorus inviting the audience to suspend disbelief and, “piece out our imperfections with your thoughts.”

Bringing Henry V to the stage is a very exciting adventure, and one we hope you will share with us in 2016.

The show must go on...

Review from The Weardale Gazette

Despite months of planning and rehearsals, the English weather (and the electricity supply!) are the only uncertainties in this fabulous production of Shakespeare’s 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'.

The Director, Mary Stastny, ingeniously swept us back in time, not to the Tudor times as we would expect, but to the Edwardian era, with the suffragette movement and 'votes for women' running through the thread of the whole play.


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.