Past Performances

The Reduced School for Scandal -- Winter 2011

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Winter 2011

A reduced version of Sheridan's comedy of manners The School for Scandal, adapted by Simon Pell, was the winter touring production in 2011.

This classic tale of confusion and deception saw the sceaming Joseph Surface unmasked as a bounder and his well-meaning but misunderstood brother Charles triumph in love. Throw in characters including Sir Peter and Lady Teazle, Lady Sneerwell, Snake and Mrs Candour and The Castle Players delivered a great evening of 18th century entertainment.  


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Cast Crew
Sir Peter Teazle Keith Turner   Abridged, scripted & directed by Simon Pell
Lady Teazle Sarah Fells   Stage manager  Andrew Harrison (with Lez Woodhouse) 
Sir Oliver Surface Harry French   Wardrobe  Lesley Cutting 
Joseph Surface Andrew Stainthorpe   Lighting & sound  Marianne Dixon 
Charles Surface Matthew Jones   Production photography  David Williams 
Maria Katie Christensen      
Lady Sneerwell Trudi Dixon      
Careless Christopher Evans      
Rowley Andy Moorhouse      
Snake Charlotte Perkins      
Trip Nic Worsnop      
Mrs Candour Chris Best      
Moses Charlotte Perkins      
Servant 1 & 2 Marzia Aloisio      

As You Like It -- Summer 1992

As-You-Like-It-PosterDirected by Simon Pell 

Summer 1992

The Castle Players returned to the grounds of the Bowes Museum following two years performing in the castle ruins.

Shortly before the production, Andrew Best, who was cast as Orlando, broke his arm. Although he hoped to perform despite his injury, the wrestling scene in which his character first appears made this impossible. Adrian Mitchell learned the part in record time and played Orlando for the public performances, with Besty appearing as a butler.

As You Like It was also memorable as the first year in which the weather turned against The Castle Players; the audience on Saturday night were left in little need of Corin's warning that "the property of rain is to wet!"

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Cast Crew
Duke Senior Stephen Roberts   Designed and directed By Simon Pell
Amiens Sarah Eastwood   Assistant director Adrian Mitchell
Jaques David Blackie   Stage management team Gillian Roberts, Michael Roberts, Sarah Roberts, Gillian Sewell, Kate Taylor
Duke Frederik John Mulley   Lighting & sound Harry Robinson, Bob Blyth, Ian Cook
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Glenn Sewell   Wardrobe Lesley Cutting 
Charles Brian Raine   Props  Jane Vafeas
Oliver Gerry Robertson   Fundraising Stephen Roberts
Orlando Adeian Mitchell   Site coordinator Glenn Sewell 
Jaques Angus Wheeler   Box office Kirsteen Cook, Lizzie Clapham 
Adam Andy Moorhouse   Merchandising Nic Worsnop
Dennis Andrew Best   Press & publicity Judith Nash, Claire Tressider
Touchstone Paul Walker   Stewards Richard Bell, Anne Briggs, Jessica Fryer, Jim Morrow, Tracy Rose, John Thompson, Jim Morley, Elizabeth Abbott, Anne Butcher, John Lowden, Dave Rose, Simon Strefford, Ed Thompson, Sue Brisenden, Nic Brown
Sir Oliver Martext John Worsop   Hymen's dance choreographer  Gillian Sewell
Corin Rob Reed   Musical director Val Jones
Silvius Daniel Elliott      
William Michael Langham      
Rosalind Mary Stastny      
Celia Lynn Morton      
Phebe Michelle Franklin      
Audrey Liz Franklin      
Hymen Ronnie Parkin      
First and second lady to Duke Senior Judith Nash, Alison Davies      
First and second lady to Duke Frederik Nic Worsnop, Sue Humphrey      
Courtiers and foresters Andrew Best, Kate Bottomley, Alison Davies, Carl Grant, Sue Humphrey, Georgina Kinghorn, Jo Morrow, Anke Muller, Ronnie Parkin, Brian Raine, Angus Wheeler, Nic Worsnop, Jill Cole, Daniel Elliott, Mike Harris, Sally Hunt, Sue McBain, June Mouncey, Judith Nash, Mary Patesson, Claire Tressider, Jo Wolfe, Joh Worsnop           
Hymen's attendants Bryony Bell, Lucy Charlesworth, Jane Ewart, Holly McGhie, Matthew Davies, Jenny Jordan, Rachel Morrow, Sarah Worsnop, Claire Ewart, Charles Jeffrey, Katie Yeadon, Alison Hammock, Luke Jordan, Clemmie Stastny  
Musicians  Val Jones, Stephen Roberts, Glenn Sewell  

Romeo & Juliet -- Summer 2014

RomeoandJuliet Poster 679Directed by Jill Cole

Summer 2014

In summer 2014 The Castle Players presented William Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo & Juliet.

Directed by Jill Cole, the production was set in a seaside town against a backdrop of mods and rockers in the early 1960s.

The audience also enjoyed a real "seaside" experience before the show and during the interval.


"the whole play captures the atmosphere of the time, the music is fab, and the gangs of mods and rockers may not all have speaking parts, but they are all, without exception, acting their little socks off"


"...hugely entertaining overall experience"


"...superb comic performances"


“Everyone played their part amazingly and I loved the 60's theme!”





Cast Crew
Romeo Rob Capon   Directed by Jill Cole
Juliet Ella Blackburn   Dessigned by Simon Pell
THE CAPULETS (Mods)   Assistant Director Oiliver Smith
The Nurse Chris Best   Stage manager Libby Harding
Laurence Sach   Technical design and installation  Bob Blyth & Harry Robinson 
Lady Capulet Sarah Fells   Wardrobe  Lesley Cutting (with Lesley Hanson, Dawn Richmond)
Tybalt Steven Bainbridge   Props Claudia Jevons (with Sally Roberts)
Paris Tom Howe   Stage management team Mike Elder, Sam Fells, Sally Roberts, Sally Baker
Peter Andrew Stainthorpe   Production manager Simon Pell
Housekeeper Trudi Dixon   Technical team Will Barker, Vaughan Freeman, Charlotte Thresher, Dennis Atkinson
Members of the household Paula Collins, Sue Kelly, Adele Tyler   Set construction & painting Simon Pell, Graham Fewell, Harry French, Sue Foulston, Martin Foran, Anne Mason, Alice Byrne, Ben Pearson, Laurence Sach, Jill Cole, Mary Stastny, Chris Best, Rita Archer
Paris' pages Cal Baker, Aidan Tyler   Transport & logistics Peter Atkinson
Cousin Capulet Josie Pollard   On-site Work  Multiple volunteers!
Samson & Gregory Sean Mitchell, Aidan Tyler, Sam Kitson   Front of house experience designed by  Christine Naseby
THE MONTAGUES (Rockers)   Website  Andrew Stainthorpe
Montague Andy Moorhouse   Press & publicity  Andrew Harrison
Lady Montague Charlotte Perkins   Box office & front of house manager Teresa Wilcox
Benvolio Alice Byrne   Marketing team Peter Cockerill, Teresa Wilcox, Adele Tyler, Andrew Stainthorpe, Chris Best, Chris Gibson-Bell, Christine Naseby, Jane Mardon, Judith Bainbridge, Ben Pearson
Mercutio Oliver Smith   T-Shirts Sarah Fells, Jill Cole (with Susan Littlefair Embroidery)
Abram Andy Drozdziak Bradley Jackson, Cal Baker   Photography David Williams (rehearsals), Mark Fuller (performance)
Friar Laurence Harry French   Overnight security  Winston 
Friar John Simon Pell   Programme  Peter Cockerill, Jill Cole (with Ripe Design)
Escalus (Chief of Police) Ian Kirkbride    Sponsors Darlington Building Society, Tilly Bailey Irvine, Ripe Design, The Fox & Hounds, Gill & Ivan Carter, S&A Merchants, Scott Leathers, Oldfield's Restaurant, MIthril Ales, TR10
Policemen Christopher Evans, Martin Foran, Angus Wheeler           
Apothecary Ian Forster  
News Reporters Marzia Aloisio, Ben Pearson  
Young people/gossips Chantal Goulder, Jack Parker, Ellie Renfrew  
Rosaline Caitlin Carr  
Holiday makers, mods & rockers, residents Judith Bainbridge, John Beadle, Susie Blackburn, Sue Byrne, Peter Cockerill, Gail Jordan, Carolyn Naseby, Rhonda Hart-Davis, Chris Stead, Heidi Baker, Rosie Blackburn  
"Juliet" the song Performed by Penelope Randall-Davis (vocals) and Owain Davies (guitar)  

A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Summer 2013

AMidsummerNightsDreamDirected by Simon Pell & Co-Directed by Mary Stastny

Summer 2013

The Castle Players presented A Midsummer Night's Dream in the grounds of the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle in July 2013. It was The Castle Players 25th anniversary production and saw the introduction of online booking for the first time.

This Dream had it all - fairies, lovers, heroes, comedy, drama, confused identities, and a play within a play.

We would like to thank our audience - new and established - for their loyal support and for the amazing feedback  the show received.


"Fantastic. Well done to all. Can't wait for Romeo & Juliet next year! Magical evening!"

"A superlative performance from The Castle Players last night: rowdy, raucous and excellent fun. Highly recommended for next year."

"We had a great time - another brilliant performance. Huge laughs. Great setting."

"Truly magical and very funny."

"You can be sure we will be coming again next year to see Romeo & Juliet."


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Cast Crew
Theseus Angus Wheeler   Designed and directed By Simon Pell
Hippolyta Sarah Fells   Assistant director, script editor and choreographer Mary Stastny
Egeus Christopher Evans   Music composed and recorded by  Andy Yeadon (with Tom Wright, Graham Morris, Owain Davies, Peter Bousfield, John Marriott, Lotte Evans, Kaitlin Carr)
Hermia Naomi Bartholomew   Stage manager Ben Collins 
Oliver Smith   Technical design and installation  Bob Blyth & Harry Robinson 
Demetrius Steven Bainbridge   Wardrobe  Lesley Cutting (with Charlotte Perkins, Michael Coates, Janet Fowler, Sue Foulston, Eileen Connelly, La Roulette en ligne dite americaine, quant a elle, cache un numero de plus, le double zero… ce qui rend ses parties plus difficiles. Claudia Jevons, Angela Chadwick-Green, Melanie Pullan, Gill Ball, Claire Moore)  
Helena Emily Wilson   Props Phil Fanner (with Sally Roberts, Claudia Jevons)
Philostrate Andy Drozdziak   Deputy stage manager  Sally Roberts 
Oberon Ian Kirkbride   Stage management team  Chris Best, Mike Elder, Paul Taphouse, Ian Forster 
Titania Charlotte Perkins   Production managers Simon Pell & Will Barker 
Puck Marzia Aloisio & Paula Collins   Technical team Vaughan Freeman, Sam Fells, Marianne Dixon, Edward Taphouse, Amy Bainbridge, Simon Batterham, Dennis Atkinson, George Peat, Josh Bartholomew, Ben Bartholomew
1st Fairy Josie Pollard   Set construction and painting team Simon Pell, Graham Fewell, Martin Heron, Andrew Heron, Sue Foulston, Harry French, Martin Foran
Peaseblossom Claudia Jevons   Rehearsal photographs  David Williams (Calico Images) 
Cobweb Alison Brown   Performance photographs  Mark Fuller 
Moth Anna Renfrew   Transport and logistics  Peter Atkinson 
Mustardseed Nic Worsnop   Garden decoration  Christine Naseby & Mary Stastny 
An Indian Boy Aidan Tyler   Publicity  Andrew Harrison 
Puck's Double Calsie Tyler   Box office and front of house  Teresa Wilcox (with Fairies from the bottom of Theseus' garden, Chris Gibson-Bell, Fred Traice, John Chadwick, Andrew Harrison, Carole Goldberg, Chris Best and many more)
Peter Quince Harry French   Marketing Fred Traice (with Chris Gibson-Bell, Andrew Stainthorpe, Andrew Harrison, Peter Cockerill, Jane Mardon, Teresa Wilcox, Chris Tyler, Anna-Lisa Ward)
Nick Bottom Gordon Duffy-McGhie   T-shirts Sarah Fells (with Susan Littlefair Embroidery) 
Francis Flute Andrew Stainthorpe   Overnight security  Winston 
Tom Snout Martin Foran      
Snug Peter Cockerill    Sponsors Darlington Building Society, Tilly Bailey Irvine, Ripe Design, The Fox & Hounds, Gill & Ivan Carter, S&A Merchants, Scott Leathers, Oldfield's Restaurant, Calico Images, CCSC 
Robin Starveling Ralph Duffy McGhie           
Fairies Gill Ball, Angela Chadwick-Green, Judith Hamilton, Caroline Stanger, Sue Kelly, Chris Tyler, Michael Taphouse, William Freeman, Ellie Renfrew, Jane Mardon, Lydia Ball, Sue Foulston, Carolyn Naseby, Ella Blackburn, Abigail Carter  
Attendants to Theseus  Chris Stead, Janet Fowler, Phil Fanner, Angela Chadwick-Green  
Mechanicals Extras Graham Fewell, John Beadle   

The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (abridged... heavily) -- Winter 2012

NickNicklebyDirected by Jill Cole

Winter 2012/2013

Touring Teesdale, The Castle Players with The Turrets presented an adaptation of Charles Dickens' masterpiece, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Performed in their own style of physical theatre, the epic story of Nicholas Nickleby was transferred to the stages of various village halls and other venues around Teesdale. The Players brought alive memorable characters such as Wackford Squeers, the Crummles, and of course...Smike.


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Cast Crew
Ralph Nickleby Simon Pell   Abridged, scripted & directed by Jill Cole
Newman Noggs Ian Forster   Lighting & Sound Marianne Dixon
Miss La Creevy Amy Bowers      
Hannah Sue Foulston      
Nicholas Nickleby
Oliver Smith      
Mrs Nickleby Sarah Fells      
Kate Nickleby Claudia Jevons      
Wackford Squeers Martin Foran      
Yound Wackford Sue Foulston      
Smike Andrew Stainthorpe      
Tilda Price Sarah Fells      
John Browdie Steven Bainbridge      
Mr Crummles Simon Pell      
Mrs Crummles Sarah Fells      
Sir Mulberry Hawk Andrew Stainthorpe      
Lord Frederick Verisopht Steven Bainbridge      
Charles Cheeryble Martin Foran      
Ned Cheerable Chris Best      
Madeline Bray Amy Bowers      
Arthur Gride Chris Best      
Peg Sliderskew Sue Foulston      
Policeman Sue Foulston      
The Boys Cal Baker,
Heidi Baker,
John Bell,
Rosie Blackburn,
Esia Forsyth,
Alex Moore,
Alex Renfrew,
Alfie Turner