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’ 2016 winter production brings Jane Austen’s ever-popular story of grand country estates, beautiful women, and eligible young men to the stage.

Vivid characters, humour and romance abound in Laurence Sach’s new adaptation.

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 when a handsome young man moves into nearby Netherfield Hall.

Pride & Prejudice visits ten community venues between January 8th and February 7th 2016.

Ticket information here.

We're delighted to announce that Barnard Castle's award-winning Indian restaurant, Spice Island is sponsoring this year's winter tour.

Twitter: @spice_island

Facebook: www.facebook.com/spiceisland

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Henry V

5th - 9th July 2016

The Castle Players present Shakespeare's epic retelling of Henry's victorious reign and famous victory at Agincourt.

No longer the playboy prince, Henry demonstrates his responsibilities as royal leader and inspiration to his army.

Travel with us as Henry assembles his troops at Southampton, crosses the English Channel and does battle with the French in one of Shakespeare's most theatrical plays.

Action mixes with humour and romance as the Chorus invites the audience to suspend disbelief, "Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts," and "Let us on your imaginary forces work."


If you'd like to take part - on stage or behind the scenes - come along to our first meeting on Monday, February 1st at 7.30pm at the Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. St Mary’s Parish Hall is situated next to St. Mary’s Church on Newgate close to the Market Cross roundabout in Barnard Castle. Hall Postcode: DL12 8NQ


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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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On Target for the Summer

Winter may still be upon us but already The Castle Players, a community drama group based in Barnard Castle, has an eye to the future. Preparations are underway for this year’s summer production of Henry V - Shakespeare’s epic play about Henry’s campaign against the French and his famous victory at Agincourt six hundred years ago.

Director of this year’s production, Laurence Sach, said: “This is something of a departure for the Castle Players as this is the first time one of Shakespeare’s history plays has been produced. But Henry V is an ideal choice. It is highly theatrical and perfect for a large cast. Everyone will recognise famous lines such as “Once more unto the breach, dear friends…”, and many will be familiar with the numerous film and TV adaptations, but its proper home is the stage and especially in an outdoor production.”

Taking time out from her role with specialist medieval drinking vessel makers Hidebound Ltd, Sally Roberts explained about the English longbow – the weapon that played such a significant role in Henry’s ultimate victory at Agincourt. “For any army, being faced by an array of skilled archers would be a formidable sight, and for Henry V it provided him with a clear advantage over the French”.

For anyone interested in taking part in Henry V, either performing on stage or behind-the-scenes, there is an open meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 1st February at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle.


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. .


Monday 1st February at 7.30pm

Parish Hall, Barnard Castle