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?"



Henry V

5th - 9th July | 7.30pm

Tickets from £1 to £19

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."

How to book

Tickets can only be bought from The Witham box office, open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm:

  • Online: www.thewitham.org.uk
  • Phone: 01833 631 107
  • In person: The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY

Please note, we no longer accept postal bookings.

Friends booking opens: Tuesday 19th April.

Public booking opens: Wednesday 3rd May at 10am.

Download and share the Henry V flyer.

30-minute interval

The interval at this show is 30 minutes (not 45 minutes). There’s still time to enjoy a picnic during the interval and we  encourage you to come along earlier in the evening to enjoy the Bowes Museum grounds before the show begins.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation with the RSC!

22nd and 23rd June | Stratford upon Avon

There are still three chances to watch six Castle Player’s in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation. Following a successful run at Northern Stage in March, the team will perform on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in Stratford upon Avon this June.

The Castle Players cast 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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Living the Midsummer Dream

After more than a year of preparation including auditions, skills workshops, special tasks and rehearsal, a Castle Players team of six actors, one director and a rehearsal Titania opened the national tour of the RSC’s A Midsummer Night’sDream: A Play for the Nation at Northern Stage on Wednesday 16th March. The two-week run in Newcastle was shared with fellow amateur theatre group, The People’s Theatre from Newcastle, who performed during the press and final nights.


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.

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