This year, Shakespeare's Shorts will be performing Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet (2016)

Shakespeare's Shorts

The Winter's Tale (2017)

In 2017, David Bon will directing our production of The Winter's Tale. More details, including dates, will follow.

Shakespeare at Traquair is a vibrant community-based drama group, which has put on 21 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 are putting on versions of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at the Edinburgh Fringer. 

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

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, 2015 was our busiest year yet with Hamlet at Traquair House, Shakespeare's Shorts including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Herbal Bed. The Eastgate Theatre also hosted an Exhibition of costumes, props, photographs and videos from our productions.  

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 will again be taking part in the 2016 Fringe. Adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet have been written and will run from 5th-13th August 2016 at theSpaceUK’s Niddry Street venue (Venue 9) on alternate days. There were two pre-Fringe performances, performed at the Eastgate, Peebles (17th June) and Carlops Village Hall (18th June).

Home For Shakespeare at Traquair Appeal

We have launched 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

Together with the Traquair Trust, we have funds to repair the roof but are raising money to finance plumbing, electrics, lighting, flooring, storage units and the creation of an office area.

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.

This year's run was very successful and we have had fantastic feedback. More photographs and video will appear on our website soon.

Download a PDF file of our poster

Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare died on the 23rd April 1616, aged only 52.  This year marks 400 years since the death of the world's greatest playwright. More details about Shakespeare's life can be found here:

The Herbal Bed (2015)

In October 2015, we performed The Herbal Bed at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles and at the Corn Exchange, Biggar. The latter as part of the Biggar Little Festival.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)

10 years after our previous production of Tom Stoppard's brilliant spin off from Hamlet, we performed the backstory to these enigmatic characters as they try to work out what is going on.  Two shows were performed at the Eastgate Theatre in September and one at Carlops Village Hall.

This was directed by Scott Noble, who also directed our 2005 production. The show involved both adults and children.

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.