The Reduced School for Scandal -- Winter 2011
Directed by Simon Pell
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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|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|
|Lady Sneerwell||Trudi Dixon|
|Mrs Candour||Chris Best|
|Servant 1 & 2||Marzia Aloisio|
As You Like It -- Summer 1992
Directed by Simon Pell
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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|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|
||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|
|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
Directed by Jill Cole
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!”
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|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|
|News Reporters||Marzia Aloisio, Ben Pearson|
|Young people/gossips||Chantal Goulder, Jack Parker, Ellie Renfrew|
|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
Directed by Simon Pell & Co-Directed by Mary Stastny
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."
|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
Directed by Jill Cole
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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|Ralph Nickleby||Simon Pell||Abridged, scripted & directed by||Jill Cole|
|Newman Noggs||Ian Forster||Lighting & Sound||Marianne Dixon|
|Miss La Creevy||Amy Bowers|
|Mrs Nickleby||Sarah Fells|
|Kate Nickleby||Claudia Jevons|
|Wackford Squeers||Martin Foran|
|Yound Wackford||Sue Foulston|
|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|
|The Boys||Cal Baker,
- As You Like It -- Summer 2012
- The Reduced Importance of Being Earnest -- Winter 2010
- Measure for Measure -- Summer 2008
- The Battle of the Sexes -- 1997
- The Tempest -- Summer 2009
- All's Well That Ends Well -- Summer 2010
- Much Ado About Nothing -- Summer 2011
- Measure for Measure -- Summer 1995
- Grimm! -- Winter 2007
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona -- Summer 2007
- Twelfth Night -- Summer 2006
- Shakespeare - The Cabaret -- Winter 2005
- The Taming of the Shrew -- Summer 2005
- The Comedy Of Errors -- Summer 2004
- Dracula Re-Vamped! -- Winter 2003 and 2004
- The Merry Wives of Windsor -- Summer 2003
- Christmas Entertainment -- Winter 2002
- As You Like It -- Summer 2002
- The Wind in the Willows -- Winter 2001 and 2006
- Alice in Wonderland -- Winter 2000