Rehearsing dancing in the beautiful grounds of Traquair House

Much Ado About Nothing

  • Promenade performance at Traquair House
  • Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 2nd June
  • Wednesday 6th June to Saturday 9th June
  • Performances start at 7.30pm

Tickets (£8 Wed/Thurs and £14 Fri/Sat) are available from the Eastgate Theatre box office (01721 725777)

Director: Scott Noble

Shakespeare Shorts

  • Young Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing
  • Eastgate Theatre: Friday 15th June (7.30pm) Tickets: Box Office
  • Carlops Village Hall: Saturday 16th June (7.30pm) Tickets: 07773 024 024
  • Edinburgh Fringe, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th August and 11th August (12.00 noon). Much Ado tickets and Taming tickets.

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 22 annual open air  promenade productions in the stunning grounds of Traquair House (Scottish Borders) since 1995. Like Shakespeare’s own company, our actors, costumiers, make-up artists, stage management and production team have other professions, but their passion and commitment to performing Shakespeare’s words never fails to entertain large cohorts of followers.
In 2016, our Traquair production was The Taming of the Shrew and our younger members performed versions of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2017, we performed The Winter’s Tale. In 2018, our promenade production will be Much Ado About Nothing and in 2019 Love’s Labour’s Lost. Our youngsters will be performing The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing at the 2018 The Fringe.

Much Ado About Nothing (2018)

Much Ado About Nothing poster

Much Ado About Nothing is a light-hearted romp set in Italy, telling the story of Benedict and Beatrice, Claudio and Hero and a raft of other characters. It was last performed by Shakespeare at Traquair 15 years ago, so we’re delighted to be doing it again. Scott Noble, one of the original cast from 2003, will be directing the play. Auditions have been held and the play has been cast and rehearsals will start in late January.

  • Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 2nd June
  • Wednesday 6th June to Saturday 9th June
  • Performances start at 7.30pm

Tickets are available from the Eastgate Theatre box office (01721 72577) and we recommend that you buy your ticket in advance to avoid the disappointment of not being able to buy a ticket on the night at Traquair House, as we do often sell out.

Pre-performance meals are available from the Garden Café, which is found in the beautiful Walled Garden at Traquair House. To book a meal please phone (01896 830323) or visit the café’s website.

More details about Much Ado About Nothing are available here.

Shakespeare Shorts (2018)

Following sell-outs in 2015 and 2016, Shakespeare at Traquair are back up to Edinburgh for Fringe 2018.  Mix fourteen young actors, a couple of Shakespeare plays, some creative editing and you’ve all the ingredients for two shows that will appeal to anyone from age 5 upwards. Out talented young cast will be performing rewritten and shortened versions of The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing, written by director Tim Wilcock. As well as the Fringe shows, both plays will be performed back to back at the Eastgate Theatre and Carlops Village Hall in June. Ticket prices are the same as the Fringe, but you get to see both shows!

The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing

  • Eastgate Theatre: Friday 15th June (7.30pm)
  • Carlops Village Hall: Saturday 16th June (7.30pm)
    • Tickets from 07773 024 024

The Taming of the Shrew

Much Ado About Nothing

Fringe tickets £8, £5 (conc) and £20 family and be bought online (The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing).  There’s a “2 for 1” deal on 6th/7th August and various other offers apply.  School parties or other group bookings welcome – contact Tim Wilcock at tdjwilcock@gmail.com.

The Winter’s Tale (2017)

In 2017 we performed The Winter’s Tale, which was directed by David Bon, who has acted with the group since 2007 and previously directed The Comedy of Errors in 2014. The play took place in the grounds of Traquair House between 31st May – 3rd June and 7th -10th June.

The Winter's Tale Poster

Carol Norris (Paulina), Leah Moorhouse (Hermione) and Scott Noble (Leontes) discussing the Paulina, one of Shakespeare’s more emancipated female characters.


Open Stage Event (2017)

Following on from the fantastic range of musical and performing talent on display at the Winter’s Tale cast party Boyd Wild organised an open stage event at the Eastgate Theatre on Sunday 5th November. This,which was open to all past and present members of Shakespeare at Traquair, but with particular emphasis on our younger contingent.

This was a great success, with a couple of hours of entertainment and photographs can be seen here.


Get Involved

We are a friendly, inclusive group and welcome people of all ages who would like to act or help behind the scenes. Our main summer productions involved adults and children, but we also have children only shows.


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Past Productions

We have a large archive of past productions, at Traquair House and others at the Eastgate Theatre and elsewhere.

The Winter’s Tale (2017)


The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

Petruchio and Kate (Taming of the Shrew 2016)


Hamlet (2015)

Hamlet and Ophelia (Hamlet 2015)


Comedy of Errors (2014)

Dromio and Dromio (The Comedy of Errors 2014)


King Lear (2013)

King Lear and Gloucester (King Lear 2013)


Twelfth Night (2012)

Sir Toby Belch and friends (Twelfth Night 2012)


Romeo and Juliet (2011)

Romeo and Juliet (2011)