Hamlet (2015)

Hamlet meets the ghost of his father in 2015.

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

  • Wednesday 1st June to Saturday 4th June
  • Wednesday 8th June to Saturday 11th June

Promenade performance in the grounds of Traquair House.

Directed by Boyd Wild

Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet (2016)

  • Carlops Village Hall:18th June
  • Eastgate Theatre, Peebles: 23rd June
  • Edinburgh Fringe, theSpaceUK’s Niddry Street (Venue 9): 5th-13th August

Adapted and directed by Tim Wilcock.

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.  For more details about this appeal please look here.

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 also hosted an exhibition of costumes, props, photographs and videos from our productions.  Photographs and video of previous shows can be viewed here.

In 2016, we will be performing The Taming of the Shrew in the grounds of Traquair House and adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, which will both be performed by our youngsters at The Fringe in Edinburgh.

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

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

Youngster auditions will take place between 17:45 and 20:00 on Tuesday 5th January and adult auditions will be on the afternoon of Sunday 10th January. Both will take place at St Joseph's Hall, Peebles.

More details available here.

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.

More details can be found here.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

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).

Out Damn Spot!

More details are available here.

Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet (2016)

Following the sell-out success of the Edinburgh Fringe shows Comedy of Errors and Macbeth earlier this year, 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, provisionally scheduled for Carlops (18th June) and Peebles (23rd June).

Auditions and read-throughs which will be held at Traquair Village Hall on Sunday 15th November and Sunday 6th December, from 2pm-5.30pm on each date and scripts will be provided.

More details available here.

The Herbal Bed (2015)

In October, 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.

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.

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