Our youngsters rehearsing on the Wine Glass Lawn

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2020)

Directed by Tom Hudson

  • Promenade performance at Traquair House
  • Wednesday 27th May – Saturday 30th May
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Saturday 6th June
  • 7.30pm start each evening

We have just completed a successful, if somewhat damp, production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Thank you to all the audience who turned up in rain and shine. Also thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for a great show, despite the elements.

2020 is our 25th year and Tom Hudson will return as director, to steer us through the play we first performed in 1995.


Please note that our outdoor promenade performances are in the grounds of Traquair House. The performances take place whatever the weather, so come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear. Scenes move around the grounds on paths and grass, which can be muddy, and if you have any mobility issues please email us. The plays begin at 7.30 promptly, so make sure you have time to park your car and walk to the start of our plays.


Princess of France, Rosaline, Katharine and MariaLove’s Labour’s Lost was Shakespeare at Traquair’s main stage production for 2019 and was directed by Tim Wilcock. The play sees self-denial in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the dazzling Princess of France and her entourage arrive, inconvenient promises are quickly ditched in favour of some ham-fisted wooing. It’s a boisterous send-up of all those who confuse fantasy with reality and Shakespeare displays just about every weapon in the playwright’s arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. A feast of language, replete with puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages, this is being staged as a high-energy, tightly choreographed piece of theatre.

The wonderful Garden Café in the 1745 Cottage Traquair is offered delicious pre-theatre supper just seconds away from the start of the play. The menu is can be viewed here and if you would like to book a table, please phone 01896 830777.

Arran playing Costard