Shakespeare's Canon at the Eastgate (2014)

Shakespeare's Canon

Eastgate Theatre: Saturday 23rd August 2014

Tickets: £10, £8, £5 for schoolchildren
From Eastgate Theatre Box Office (01721 725777) or online.

Carlops Village Hall: Saturday 30th August 2014

Tickets: £8 and £6 conc. (07773 024024/01968 660388)

Written by Douglas Roberts

Directed and Produced by Kath Mansfield and Richard Nisbet

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.

Shakespeare's Canon

23rd and 30th August 2014

Ten years ago Shakespeare at Traquair were the first community group to stage an evening of entertainment in the new Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre. Part of that entertainment was the youngsters performing Shakespeare's Canon. It seemed appropriate to perform again with a new generation in the Eastgate’s celebratory tenth year. You can also see Shakespeare's Canon at Carlops Village Hall.

Written by local playwright Douglas Roberts, it is a magical romp celebrating some of the bards most popular and well known pieces - in short form. The bard himself makes an appearance. All those familiar with Douglas’s work on DRHC will know a few twists and surprises are in order!

More details available here.

Hamlet (2015)

  • Wed 27th to Sat 31st May
  • Wed 3rd to Sat 6th June

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

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 and 2014's Shakespeare's Canon.

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.

Find out more about us.