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?"



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.

If you'd like to be involved, come along to our first meeting on Tuesday 1st September at St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle, from 7.30pm.

All welcome - new members and old!

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Henry V

5th - 9th 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.

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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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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. 

Read more about this show.




Picnics with the Bard!

The audience for the 2015 summer production of The Merry Wives of Windsor were out in force, enjoying their picnics in the grounds on Bowes Museum.


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.

Come along to one of our meetings to get involved with a show or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .