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?"


Coming soon from The Castle Players

Journey’s End

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Thanks to an award from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, we had the opportunity to present an additional piece of work this year.

To nourish new directing talent, we were awarded a grant to produce a published work with the help of an established director.

Supported by Jill Cole, Steven Bainbridge – recently seen playing Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet and Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles – turned his hand to directing R C Sherriff’s moving account of life in the trenches during the First World War. 

Journey’s End was performed at The Witham Hall on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.

Rehearsal photographs.

The 39 Steps (Re-climbed!)

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Adapted for the stage by Simon Pell, from the novel by John Buchan, The 39 Steps (Re-climbed!) is a ripping whistle-stop spy adventure yarn that steams full speed from London to Scotland and back again to save England from ruthless foreign powers in the immediate build-up to The Great War. This ensemble production is a highly entertaining, gripping, and hilarious tongue in cheek comic book style journey for the whole family that has a heart/clock stopping finale. Buchan’s popular novel was published in 1915. What better time could there be to create a brand new and unique stage version of this classic adventure story during the current centenary commemorations of World War One?

Dates and venues announced!

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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

The performances will take place from Tuesday, July 7th to Saturday July 11th 2015.

Journey's End Rehearsal Photos

Rehearsals for Journy's End are going really well and tickets are selling fast!

The performances take place at The Witham on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.

You can buy tickets online from The Witham website, or in person from The Witham box office, The Old Well Inn and The NeST.

To whet your appetite for the performance, here is a selection of early rehearsal photographs courtesy of Ben Pearson who plays Mason in the production.


RSC Open Stages 2013-2016

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We 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.