Scene from The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

The Winter's Tale (2017)

  • Wednesday 31st May to Saturday 3rd June
  • Wednesday 7th June to Saturday 10th June
  • Performances start at 7.30pm

Director: David Bon

Adult Auditions (14+)

  • Sunday 22nd January (2.00-4.00pm) St Joseph’s Parish Neighbourhood Centre, Peebles

Children's Workshop (under 14s)

  • Sunday 26th February (1.30-2.30pm) St Joseph’s Parish Neighbourhood Centre, Peebles

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 22 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.

In 2016, our Traquair production was The Taming of the Shrew and our younger members performed versions of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

In 2017, we will performing The Winter's Tale.

The Winter's Tale (2017)

In 2017 we will be performing The Winter's Tale, which will be directed by David Bon, who has acted with the group since 2007 and previously directed The Comedy of Errors in 2014.

This year's production will take place in the grounds of Traquair House between 31st May – 3rd June and 7th -10th June. Performances start at 7:30pm.


Auditions for the main cast are open to all from the age of 14+ and will take place at St Joseph’s Parish Neighbourhood Centre on Sunday 22nd January 2017 between 2-4pm.

Children's Workshop

A workshop for children under the age of 14 who want to take part in the production will take place on Sunday 26th February at St Joseph’s Parish Neighbourhood Centre between 1-2:30pm.

Further details about The Winter's Tale.

Home For Shakespeare at Traquair Appeal

In 2015 we lauched 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

Thanks to your generosity, we not only funded the repairs to the roof but, but also were able to finance plumbing, electrics, lighting, ceiling flooring, storage units and the creation of an office/workspace area. There is still some work to do, but we would like to thank everybody who generously contributed to our appeal.

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (2015)

One Antipholus and one Dromio

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

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).

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

The Taming of the Shrew is our 2016 promenade production in the grounds of Traquair House in June 2016.

The show was very successful and we have had fantastic feedback. 

Download a PDF file of our poster

Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet (2016)

Shakespeare's Shorts

Following the sell-out success of the Edinburgh Fringe shows Comedy of Errors and Macbeth earlier in 2015, Shakespeare at Traquair was again at the 2016 Fringe. Adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet have been written were run from 5th-13th August 2016 at theSpaceUK’s Niddry Street venue (Venue 9) on alternate days. There were also two pre-Fringe performances, performed at the Eastgate, Peebles (17th June) and Carlops Village Hall (18th June).

Past Productions

We have a large archive of past productions, at Traquair House and others at the Eastgate Theatre and elsewhere.

The Taming of the Shrew (2016)

The Taming of the Shew

Hamlet (2015)


Comedy of Errors (2014)

Comedy of Errors

King Lear (2013)

King Lear

Twelfth Night (2012)

Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet (2011)

Romeo and Juliet

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.