Traquair House
It is 20 years since we began our promenade performances in the beautiful grounds of Traquair House and our 21st production will be Hamlet

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)

March and April (Biggar, Carlops, Peebles)

August (Fringe Venue 9)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 20 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 last year's The Comedy of Errors.

Hamlet (2015)

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

Auditions have already been held and rehearsals will start soon.  Steve Russell, who is directing Hamlet, will be holding children's workshops the under 12s in the Spring. Details will be posted soon.

More details available here.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth Poster

Following last year’s successful adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tim Wilcock has produced fresh takes on The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth. Rehearsals are now in progress as twelve young actors prepare for a spring tour before taking both shows to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. 

Queen, murders and Macbeth

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.

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.

Find out more about us.