Shakespeare's Canon Eastgate 2014

Hamlet (2015)

Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th May

Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th June

Directed by Steve Russell

A promenade performance in the grounds of Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire EH44 6PW

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 19 annual open air  promenade productions in the stunning grounds of Traquair House (Scottish Borders). 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.  Shakespeare's 450th Birthday was on 23rd April 2014.  

See photographs and videos from this year's The Comedy of Errors.

Details of the auditions for Hamlet (24th January 2015) can be found below.

Hamlet (2015)

  • Wed 27th to Sat 30th May
  • Wed 3rd to Sat 6th June


Auditions will be held for anyone who would like a part in the play on Saturday 24th January between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm.  These auditions are for anyone of Secondary School age or older.  We will hold auditions/workshops for younger actors later.

The auditions will be held at the Silver Tree Studio, Pennel's Close, High Street, Peebles.  This is off Peebles High Street and down the close which is between the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Mercat View/green grocers.  There should be a sign pointing towards Whitie's Books & Crafts.  The Studio is on the right hand side before the bookshop.

We celebrate our 20th year in 2015.  Lots of celebratory entertainment for the year is being planned.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

Following last year’s successful adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew, I have produced two more shows that I hope to trial in spring 2015 with a short run in suitable Borders’ venues and then take to the Edinburgh Fringe later in the year.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth both run for just under an hour and have been adapted with a young cast in mind. The shows are also targeted at a young audience and the intention is to include these in the Children’s section in the 2015 Fringe Programme. Each show requires 7-10 actors, with the principal roles likely to be played by those aged 14-18 years with the remaining parts being suitable for those aged 10-13 years.

More details available here.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

After playing Rozencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare's Canon, Flynn Fraser and James Aitken are putting on Tom Stoppard's take on Hamlet next August at the Eastgate Theatre and at Carlops Village Hall. This was last performed by Shakespeare at Traquair in 2005

Audtions has taken place and more details will follow.

Past Productions

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

Comedy of Errors (2014)

King Lear (2013)King Lear

Twelfth Night (2012)Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet (2011)Romeo and Juliet

Macbeth (2010)

More productions...

Get Involved

We are a friendly, inclusive group and welcome people of all ages who would like to act or help behind the scenes.


Adult audtions (+14 years) for our annual May/June promenade productions are usually held either in December or January.  We also put on other shows and auditions are held for these too. Details are emailed to those in our database, advertised on our website and in the local press.

Children's auditions, really workshops, are held in early spring for our Traquair productions.  Under 18s have played many key roles in our productions and we also put on plays where the children play all the parts; for example, our 2013 Young Shakespeare productions of Taming of the Shrew and a Midsummer Night's Dream, 2014's Shakespeare's Canon and in 2015, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Behind the Scenes

We are always keen for new people to help out behind the scenes with costumes, make up, prop making, front of house, looking after the children and assistance during the shows.  Please email us if you would like to help.

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