Photograph of Traquair House during the initial visit by the cast
Traquair House in February 2020

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2021)

Directed by Tom Hudson

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed our production until 2021. More details about this will appear here.

2020 is our 25th year and Tom Hudson returns as director, to steer us through the play we first performed in 1995. However, we will now be performing this in 2021.

Summer of Shakespeare
We might not be able to put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Traquair this year, but we are planning to gather videos of folk performing Shakespeare wherever they are. We will send another email around about this and it would be great if some of this material could also be included in #eastgateathome. So put your thinking hats on. More to follow!

Shakespeare at Traquair grew out of the Under One Roof campaign, which was the catalyst for the creation of the Eastgate Theatre. The theatre is closed at the moment, but the #eastgateathome initiative launches today.

Do have a listen to Catriona Lyon, Chair of Friends of the Eastgate, as she introduces a whole summer of exciting digital content – all featuring creative locals with close ties to the Eastgate. Prepare to be royally entertained by a feast of creative and visual arts, spoken word, music, and plenty of humour!

As the Eastgate is closed at the moment it needs our help to ensure it is able to open again.  This is of course a problem faced by theatres across the country. More than 70% of the Eastgate’s funding comes from members of the public making use of the theatre, studio and cafe every day of the week. With the doors closed for three months last year during refurbishment, and closed again this year due to coronavirus, this earned income has fallen dramatically

The Eastgate’s Open Doors JustGiving appeal at has been launched to encourage the community to financially support the theatre during the uncertain period when the building is closed.

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. 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.

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 the last few years, we performed The Winter’s Tale in 2017 and in 2018, our promenade production was Much Ado About Nothing, whilst our youngsters performed The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. In 2019, we  performed Love’s Labour’s Lost at Traquair House. Our 25th anniversary production in 2021 is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The will be now be no 2020 production.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2021)

Shakespeare at Traquair began in 1995 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was also performed in 1996.  We revisited the same play to celebrate our first 10 years and will be performing it again on our 25th anniversary in 2021. Tom Hudson returns as director and more details be found here.

Please note their will be no performance in 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak, but we intend to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2021. More details to follow.

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)