Beatrice is shocked by BenedickBeatrice and Benedict, in Much Ado About Nothing (2018)

Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019)

Promenade performance at Traquair House

  • Wednesday 29th May – Saturday 1st June
  • Wednesday 5th June – Saturday 8th June

Directed by Tim Wilcock

Adult Auditions (14+)

  • Sunday 9th December 1.00-5.00 pm, Walkerburn Public Hall

Children’s Auditions

  • Sunday 13th January 1.00-5.00 pm, Walkerburn Public Hall

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 23 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 was Much Ado About Nothing and our youngsters performed The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. In 2019, we will be performing Love’s Labour’s Lost at Traquair House.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019)

Our 2019 promenade performance will be Love’s Labour’s Lost and we will be holding adult auditions in December of this year and children’s auditions in January. More details, including PDF files of the excerpts from the play, a brief description of each character and the outline rehearsal schedule can be found here.

Adult Auditions (14+)

  • Sunday 9th December 1.00-5.00 pm, Walkerburn Public Hall

Children’s Auditions

  • Sunday 13th January 1.00-5.00 pm, Walkerburn Public Hall

Shakespeare Shorts (2018)

Following sell-outs in 2015 and 2016, Shakespeare at Traquair were back up to Edinburgh for Fringe 2018.  Mix fourteen young actors, a couple of Shakespeare plays, some creative editing and you’ve all the ingredients for two shows that will appeal to anyone from age 5 upwards. Out talented young cast performed rewritten and shortened versions of The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing, written by director Tim Wilcock.

Both plays were initially performed back to back at the Eastgate Theatre (Friday 15th June) and Carlops Village Hall (Saturday 16th June).The Fringe shows were performed at theSpaceUK Niddry Street (Venue 9), with he Taming of the Shrew  on the 3rd, 6th, 8th and 10th August and Much Ado About Nothing on4th, 7th, 9th and 11th August.


Much Ado About Nothing (2018)

Much Ado About Nothing poster

Much Ado About Nothing is a light-hearted romp set in Italy, telling the story of Benedict and Beatrice, Claudio and Hero and a raft of other characters. It was last performed by Shakespeare at Traquair 15 years ago, so we were delighted to be doing it again. Scott Noble, one of the original cast from 2003, directed the play.

  • Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 2nd June
  • Wednesday 6th June to Saturday 9th June

Pre-performance meals were available from the Garden Café, which is found in the beautiful Walled Garden at Traquair House. For further details about this excellent café please phone (01896 830323) or visit the café’s website.

More details, including photographs, about Much Ado About Nothing are available here.

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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.


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.


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.

Past Productions

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

Much Ado About Nothing (2018)

Beatrice, Benedick and Ursula

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)