The Herbal Bed Rehearsals

Rehearsing The Herbal Bed at Eddleston Village Hall

Shakespeare Exhibition (2015)

  • 21st September to 12th October: Eastgate Studio

Come see our exhibition of 20 years of Shakespeare at Traquair

The Herbal Bed (2015)

  • 9th October: Eastgate Theatre
  • 10th October: Eastgate Theatre
  • 24th October: Biggar Little Festival

By Peter Whelen

Directed by Kath Mansfield

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 21 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.  

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, 2015 is our busiest year yet with Hamlet at Traquair House, Shakespeare Shorts including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and the Herbal BedThe Eastgate Theatre will also be hosting an exhibition of costumes, props, photographs and videos from our productions.  The exhibition will run from the 21st September until 12th October.  Photographs from our previous shows, including Hamlet can be viewed on this website.

In 2016, we will be performing The Taming of the Shrew in the grounds of Traquair House.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

This successful run has now finished

Fringe Poster

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

Shakespeare Shorts performed The Comedy of Errors at 11.30am on August 7th, 10th, 12th and 14th and Macbeth at 11.30am on August 8th, 11th, 13th and 15th at theSpaceUK at Niddry Street (Venue 9) at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.

One Antipholus and one Dromio

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).

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth disagree

Written with a mixed aged audience in mind, anyone from the age of 7 upwards should find plenty to amuse and intrigue them in each of these hour long productions.

Out Damn Spot!

Antipholus and friend

The Assassins

More details are available here.

Shakespeare Exhibition (2015)

Come to the Anne Younger Studio in the Eastgate Arts Centre to view our  exhibition of 20 years' worth of Shakepeare at Traquair. This includes photographs, videos, props and costumes.

The Herbal Bed (2015)

  • 9th October: Eastgate Theatre
  • 10th October: Eastgate Theatre
  • 24th October: Biggar Little Festival

Performances at both venues begin at 7.30 pm and tickets are available from the Eastgate Box office and The Biggar Little Festival Box office respectively.

More details are available here.

1613: an atmosphere of intense relegious puritanism. Susanna Hall, Shakespeare's daughter, is publicly accused of adultery with family friend, Rafe Smith. Her husband, Dr John Hall, (a distinguished physician and herbalist) urges her to sue for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral.

Herbal Bed Poster

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How can she explain Smith leaving the Garden surreptitiously one night when Dr Hall was away from home? The events of that fateful night are examined with searching scrutiny in this gripping thriller based on documented evidence.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

  • 28th August: Eastgate Theatre
  • 29th August: Eastgate Theatre
  • 5th September: Carlops Village Hall

10 years after our previous production of Tom Stoppard's brilliant spin off from Hamlet, we performed the backstory to these enigmatic characters as they try to work out what is going on.

This was directed by Scott Noble, who also directed our 2005 production. The show involved both adults and children and more details are available here


Past Productions

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

Hamlet (2015)

HamletComedy of Errors (2014)

Comedy of Errors

King Lear (2013)

King Lear

Twelfth Night (2012)

Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet (2011)

Romeo and Juliet

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, The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth, which will also be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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.