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

The 39 Steps (Re-climbed!)

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The-39-Steps-Press-Photo-Official forWebAdapted 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

Bowes Museum

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.

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

Do you fancy treading the boards? Or helping out backstage? Come to our first meeting for The Merry Wives of Windsor on Monday, February 2nd at 7pm, upstairs in St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01833 627 419.

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.