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

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Tuesday, July 7th to Saturday, July 11th | From 7.30pm

In the grounds of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

Read an interview with Mary from The Northern Echo.

"I have chosen to set this production of Merry Wives in the Edwardian era for a variety of reasons.  I like the clash of cultures between the Suffragette movement and the Music Hall as it relates to women within society.  On the one hand there are men and women prepared to entertain the masses with songs and suggestions of risqué, lewd behaviour, whilst on the other there are women prepared to die for their rights to equality. One group of women wear as little as possible in order to titivate the mostly male audience, another group begin to dress like men in order to be taken seriously.  And whilst I see the negative aspects of the Music Hall culture in respect of feminism, I also have a fondness for the music of the era having had a grandfather who hummed all the tunes whilst doing his morning chores." - Mary Stastny, director

Five Minutes with Mary Stastny

There was a great article about Mary Stastny, the director of this year's summer production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, in the Northern Echo on January 1st. Read the interview here.



RSC Open Stages 2013-2016

Open-Stages 2013-16

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.