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

Reheasing Hamlet at Traquair House

Further details including how to buy tickets

The Comedy of Errors (2015)

  • August 7th, 10th, 12th and 14th - The Fringe theSpaceUK (Venue 9)

Macbeth (2015)

  • August 8th, 11th, 13th and 15th - The Fringe theSpaceUK (Venue 9)

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

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

The Herbal Bed

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

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.  

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, The Eastgate Theatre will be hosting an exhibition of costumes, props, photographs and videos from our productions.  The exhibition will run from the 21st September until 12th October.

See photographs and videos from last year's The Comedy of Errors.

Hamlet (2015)

Hamlet Poster PDF

  • 7.30pm Wed 27th to Sat 30th May
  • 7.30 pm Wed 3rd to Sat 6th June

TicketsEastgate Theatre Box Office (01721 725777):

  • Wednesday and Thursday performances: £8/£6
  • Friday and Saturday performances: £14/£12
  • Group Discount: Buy 10 get one free

Please buy tickets in advance from the Eastgate Box Office, as we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available on the night.

A supper menu at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant is available from 5.30pm each evening the production is on. Follow this link to view and details on how to book.

We will be having a Sewing Bee at Traquair Village Hall between 11.00 to 16.00 on Sunday 10th May to help to create costumes for this year's production of Hamlet. We would particularly like to encourage as many people as possible to the sewing bee, even if their haberdashery skills are rudimentary; costumes are running a little behind hand at the moment so it’s all hands to the pumps to get them finished on time.

The cast taking a stage sword fighting workshop

A workshop/audition for children wanting to be a part of our Hamlet production was held on Saturday 18th April at at 2pm.

Rehearsing for Hamlet

More details available here.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

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

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

Shakespeare Exhibition (2015)

  • 21st September to 12th October

There will be an exhibition of 20 years' worth of Shakepeare at Traquair photographs, videos, props and costumes in the Studio at the Eastgate Theatre

The Herbal Bed (2015)

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

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.

The Herbal Bed

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.

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

The hugely successful Spring Tour of Shakespeare Shorts took in Biggar Corn Exchange (26th March), Carlops Village Hall (27th March) and the Eastage Theatre (2nd April). "Fun, frolics and lots of noise" (Peeblesshire News). "Accessible Shakespeare at its best" (Southern Reporter).  

We will be taking both shows shows to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. 

Antipholus and friend

One Antipholus and one Dromio

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!

The Assassins

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth argue

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.

Comedy of Errors (2014)

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, 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.