Leontes and Hermione

Auditions for Much Ado About Nothing – 14th January 2018

Auditions are being held on Sunday 14th January from 1:45 until 4:45ish at St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall in Peebles. Auditions will be open to anyone who will be aged 14 and above at the end of May.

We are particularly keen to see new people come along and get involved whether that be acting, costumes, make-up or helping the back stage crew. So if you know anyone that has had a hankering for this kind of thing, please pass it on.

The performance dates will be 30th May – 2nd June and 6th June – 9th June.

If you want to know more contact the Production team on production@shakespeare-at-traquair.co.uk and we’ll get back back to you as soon as we can.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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)


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.