Frequently asked questions about visiting The Castle Players.
Attend a Summer Performance
Is there ample parking at the Bowes Museum?
Yes. Drive through the main gates and turn to your left. You'll find you can park on either side of this road or you can drive up to the main car park which is behind the museum. There will be marshalls to help you and answer any questions.
How much time is allowed for picnicking?
The Bowes Museum is a public park so you may arrive as early as you wish and picnic before the production. However, many members of our audience use the 30-minute interval to enjoy their, often lavish, feasts. There is a tent in which your picnic hamper can be left safely.
Can food be bought during the evening?
Yes, there is a professional caterer on site offering a wide variety of quality food. There is also a wine stall.
Do I need to bring a chair to watch the performance?
No. In fact, we do not allow chairs into the auditorium. Instead you will find banked seating which will give you an excellent view of the performance. In front of the seating is an area of ground mats for those on a budget. By all means bring chairs for your picnic but they must be left in your car or on the lawn when the play recommences.
Will the performance be cancelled if the weather is bad?
No. The Castle Players is proud of the fact that no summer performance has ever been cancelled. The show will go on whatever the weather and no refunds are offered.
What should I wear?
Wrap up warm! Sheltered covered seating is available but as the evening draws in even the magic of the theatre may not keep you warm. We recommend you bring hats, scarves, warm coats and blankets to stay cosy throughout the evening.
Can I buy tickets online?
We trialed online ticketing in 2013 and introduced it in 2014 for summer shows only. We're still perfecting this process so please bear with us. We do like it when you buy tickets online because it cuts our admin costs allowing us to spend more on shows.
Attend a Winter Performance
When and where do winter shows take place?
We tour winter shows throughout Teesdale and beyond, usually between December and January. These are smaller-scale productions than the major summer show but they are high-quality and lots of fun. Recent shows have included Nicholas Nickleby, The (reduced) School for Scandal, and The (reduced) Importance of Being Ernest.
How do I get tickets for winter shows?
Winter show tickets are handled by the venues themselves so you should contact them directly. We publish contact numbers of our Website when shows are taking place.
How can I get involved with this amazing group?
We welcome people from all walks of life and with various talents to come and join our group. Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes, The Castle Players is a fun and friendly group which has a place for you. As well as the performances, we have a strong social life with lots of gatherings, trips and events. Please note, you should be over 16 years old to join The Castle Players. To get involved, please use the Contact Us link.
Can professional actors get involved?
Anyone is welcome to get involved with The Castle Players and we have several members who work in professional theatre. However we are a completely voluntary, non-professional organisation and our members are not paid for their time.
Do you have a joining fee?
No. Unlike many theatre groups we do not have a joining fee to be part of the group. However, we have significant costs which cannot always be recouped by ticket sales, therefore to cover the cost of rehearsal space we charge everyone £2 per week, when they come to rehearsals.
Do you accept donations?
Yes! We are a registered charity and gratefully accept donations which help us put on our shows. Please use the Contact Us link to get in touch if you would like more information. An alternative way of supporting us is to become a Friend of The Castle Players which has many benefits. Please see the Friends link for more information.
What is the time committment when involved with a production?
That depends on you, what you want to get out of the group, and your role. Some of our members are heavily involved and spend many hours each week running the group, attending meetings and committees. Other members may only help out during performances. Generally, meetings for the summer show start in February and run until the show begins in July. Rehearsals are most Monday evenings, followed by Friday evenings and all day Sunday as the show draws closer. You will not be needed for every rehearsal but clearly anyone with a "lead" role needs committment to the production. You get out of The Castle Players what you put in to it.