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?"


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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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.

In need of money, the fat and foolish Falstaff devises a scheme to seduce two married women and steal their husbands' wealth. But the wives soon discover his plan and join forces to plot their own revenge.

Our production is 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.




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A Dream Come True!

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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Merry Wives of Tees Ale

The winner of this year’s Castle Players “name the ale” is Rosie Bradford, who came up with the inspired “The Merry Wives of Tees Ale”!

Winner Rosie Bradford joined members at the Mithril Ales at Aldborough St John brewery, in Richmond, to add hops to her ‘Merry Wives of Tees Ale’.


James Bond at Merry Wives?

Could Daniel Craig be in the audience for this year's summer show? Rumours abound of the star’s presence at the gala opening of The Bowes Museum’s Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition. The VIP event takes place on July 9th - the same week as our show - so the movie star may pop in for some performance tips from the Players! We’d like to reassure all our audience that we’re working with the museum to ensure minimum disruption in terms of access and parking.