The Traquair Shakespeare Festival 2012

26th to 27th May 2012

As part of the RSC Open Stages programme, Traquair House ran running a 2 day Festival in the grounds of Traquair.

Traquair invited community, amateur, and professional theatre groups participating in the RSC Open Stages programme, or based in the Borders, or from further afield to apply to perform at the Traquair Shakespeare Festival.

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Outline of the Traquair Shakespeare Festival in 2012

Traquair House is the oldest continuously inhabited country house in Scotland. For many years it ran the Traquair Festival, the Traquair Mediaeval Festival and annual Shakespeare productions in the mature grounds of the House.

In 2012, to celebrate the World Shakespeare Festival, the Traquair Shakespeare Festival ran from 26th to 27th May. The festival included:

  • theatrical workshops run by the RSC and others; Elizabethan and Mediaeval music concerts; a series of Shakespeare-related productions on an open-air stage; and promenade performances of ‘Twelfth Night’ by Shakespeare at Traquair.
  • a range of Elizabeth events to make Shakespeare’s time come alive. Events under consideration include: an Elizabethan pageant; a falconry exhibition; jousting and fights; archery; and stalls with Elizabethan-style crafts, food, and drink.


During the two days of the festival, members of Shakespeare at Traquair wondered through the crowds as some of The Bard’s most famouse characters.  Photographs of some of these are shown below, as well as some of the other entertainment available.

View the photographs on Flickr.

Traquair Shakespeare Festival (2012)