In 2016 we are performing The Taming of the Shrew in the grounds of Traquair House. One week down, one to go!

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

  • Wednesday 1st June to Saturday 4th June 7.30 pm
  • Wednesday 8th June to Saturday 11th June 7.30 pm
  • Tickets £8/£14 Eastgate Box Office (01721 725777)

Promenade performance in the grounds of Traquair House.

Directed by Boyd Wild.

The Taming of the Shrew details

Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet (2016)

Shakespeare's Shorts

  • Eastgate Theatre, Peebles: 17th June 7.30 pm
  • Carlops Village Hall:18th June 7.30 pm
  • Edinburgh Fringe, theSpaceUK’s Niddry Street (Venue 9): 5th-13th August

Adapted and directed by Tim Wilcock.

Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet details

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.  

We have launched an Appeal to raise funds for a major renovation of the inside of the Old Coach House where we store our costume and props.  

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, 2015 was 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 Bed. The Eastgate Theatre also hosted an Exhibition of costumes, props, photographs and videos from our productions.  

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

The Taming of the Shrew is our 2016 promenade production in the grounds of Traquair House.

Week 1 saw 4 performances in beautiful sunshine and two sell out shows. Get your tickets before it is too late! 7.30 pm start.

Taming of the Shrew 2016 Poster

Download a PDF file of our poster

Home For Shakespeare at Traquair Appeal

We have 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.

Old Coach House at Traquair House

Together with the Traquair Trust, we have funds to repair the roof but are raising money to finance plumbing, electrics, lighting, flooring, storage units and the creation of an office area.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

One Antipholus and one Dromio

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

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).

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 will again be taking part in the 2016 Fringe. Adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet have been written and will run from 5th-13th August 2016 at theSpaceUK’s Niddry Street venue (Venue 9) on alternate days. There will be two pre-Fringe performances, scheduled for Peebles (17th June) and Carlops (18th June).

Download a PDF file Eastgate performance

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare died on the 23rd April 1616, aged only 52.  This year marks 400 years since the death of the world's greatest playwright. More details about Shakespeare's life can be found here:

The Herbal Bed (2015)

In October 2015, we performed The Herbal Bed at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles and at the Corn Exchange, Biggar. The latter as part of the Biggar Little Festival.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

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.  Two shows were performed at the Eastgate Theatre in September and one at Carlops Village Hall.

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

Past Productions

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

Hamlet (2015)


Comedy of Errors (2014)

Comedy of Errors

King Lear (2013)

King Lear

Twelfth Night (2012)

Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet (2011)

Romeo and Juliet

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.