Rehearsing in the Walled Garden (May 2021)

Hamlet and Macbeth (2021)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 2022.

Instead, we’re putting on two of Shakespeare’s well-known comedies – Hamlet and Macbeth! These fun shows are based on our sell out Fringe shows from 2015 and 2016 (updated to include all that has happened in the last fifteen months!) and will be socially safe seated performances.

Directed and written by Tim Wilcock
Assistant Director Tom Hudson

  • Monday 21st to Friday 25th June 2021
  • 7.30 pm start (finish 9.45 pm)

Please note that our outdoor performances are in the grounds of Traquair House. The performances take place whatever the weather, so come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear. Our plays begin at 7.30 promptly, so make sure you have time to park your car and walk to the start of our play. In 2021, our performances will be seated and social distancing rules will apply.

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 25 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.

Our Production page has details of all our performances. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 our promenade productions were The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost., whilst our youngsters performed The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. Due to coronavirus we have postponed our planned A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 2021 and shorter comedy versions of Hamlet and Macbeth will be performed in June 2021.

Hamlet and Macbeth (2021)

After the events that rather shook up 2020, 2021 was always going to be different.  And things are different this year for Shakespeare at Traquair as it’s replacing the planned promenade performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a sit down offering of two of the Bard’s best known comedies, Hamlet and Macbeth.  Yep, you read that correctly – Hamlet and Macbeth, comedies.

These 50 minute, knockabout versions first saw the light of day at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and 2016 and have been dusted down, the jokes updated (out go references to Brexit and Donald Trump, so passé, darlings) and a cast put through its paces in a hectic six week rehearsal period prior to performances from Monday 21st-Friday 25th June, 7.30pm start, at Traquair House, Innerleithen.

Tickets must be bought in advance from the Eastgate Theatre.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019)

Love’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.

Love's Labour's Lost Poster

Download a PDF file of our Love’s Labour’s Lost poster.

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 on 4th, 7th, 9th and 11th August.

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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.

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.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019)

Love's Labour's Lost

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)