"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.  All performances start at 7.30pm.

Booking is now open. If you book online, it saves us money leaving more available to fund our performances. You can also buy your programme online at a reduced cost. 

RSC Visits The Castle Players

On Sunday, June 8th, Tom Hogan from Contact Theatre in Manchester - our RSC Open Stages partner venue - visited a rehearsal for The Castle Players’ summer production of Romeo & Juliet.


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.