David Bon discusses The Winter's Tale with the cast and production team.

The Winter’s Tale (2017)

  • Wednesday 31st May to Saturday 3rd June
  • Wednesday 7th June to Saturday 10th June
  • Performances start at 7.30pm

Director: David Bon


  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: £8
  • Fridays and Saturdays: £14

Tickets can be purchased from the Eastgate Theatre website or by phoning 01721 725777.

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 will performing The Winter’s Tale.

The Winter’s Tale (2017)

In 2017 we will be performing The Winter’s Tale, which will be directed by David Bon, who has acted with the group since 2007 and previously directed The Comedy of Errors in 2014.

This year’s production will take place in the grounds of Traquair House between 31st May – 3rd June and 7th -10th June. Performances start at 7:30pm.

Leah Moorhouse (Hermione) and Scot Noble (Leontes) discuss their thoughts about the play and Shakespeare’s motivations for writing it. This is the first part of a longer interview. Watch more.


Auditions (age 14+) took place at St Joseph’s Parish Neighbourhood Centre on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Rehearsals have now begun and will move to Traquair House towards the end of March.

Children’s Workshop

A workshop for children under the age of 14 took place on Sunday 26th February at St Joseph’s Parish Neighbourhood Centre.

Further details about The Winter’s Tale.

Home For Shakespeare at Traquair Appeal

In 2015 we launched an appeal to raise funds to renovate the Old Coach House at Traquair to provide a waterproof and permanent home for Shakespeare at Traquair.

The Old Coach House

Thanks to your generosity, we not only funded the repairs to the roof but, but also were able to finance plumbing, electrics, lighting, ceiling flooring, storage units and the creation of an office/workspace area. There is still some work to do, but we would like to thank everybody who generously contributed to our appeal.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

The Comedy of Errors (2016)

Following 2013’s successful adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tim Wilcock produced fresh takes on The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth.

The hugely successful Spring Tour of Shakespeare Shorts took in Biggar Corn Exchange, Carlops Village Hall and the Eastgate Theatre.

  • “Fun, frolics and lots of noise” (Peeblesshire News).
  • “Accessible Shakespeare at its best” (Southern Reporter).

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

The Taming of the Shrew was our 2016 promenade production in the grounds of Traquair House (June 2016).

The show was very successful and we have had fantastic feedback.

The Taming of the Shrew Poster
Download a PDF of The Taming of the Shrew Poster.

Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet (2016)

Shakespeare’s Shorts

Following the sell-out success of the Edinburgh Fringe shows Comedy of Errors and Macbeth earlier in 2015, Shakespeare at Traquair was again at the 2016 Fringe. Adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet have been written were run from 5th-13th August 2016 at theSpaceUK’s Niddry Street venue (Venue 9) on alternate days. There were also two pre-Fringe performances, performed at the Eastgate, Peebles (17th June) and Carlops Village Hall (18th June).

Fringe Poster 2016

Past Productions

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

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)

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.