Past Performances

The Taming of the Shrew -- Summer 1991

The Taming of the Shrew

The Players' third summer Shakespeare production was performed in Barnard Castle ruins, incorporating scenery for the first time to create an intimate setting which unfolded to reveal new dimensions as the action progressed.

"The actors, showing more respect for and relaxation with the language third-time round, seemed to respond to this closeness to the audience with a set of confident, fleshed out characters. In particular, they are encouraged to bring out comedy with many inventive moments which may not be Shakespeare but are certain crowd-pleasers."
The Northern Echo


Summer 1991

Designed and directed by Simon Pell


Christopher Sly, a drunken tinker Andrew Best
Hostess of a country alehouse Alison Davies
A Lady Sarah O'Dell
Tapster Gerry Robertson
Huntswomen Sue Humphrey
Nic Worsnop Jill Cole
Sally Hunt  
Attendant Stephanie Robinson
Baptista Minola, a wealthy citizen John Mulley
Katherina, the Shrew Alison Davies
Petruchio, a suitor for Katherina Andrew Best
Grumio, Petruchio's personal lackey Gerry Robertson
Bianca, sister to Katherina Mary Stastny
Gremio, suitor to Bianca Gervais Bellamy
Hortensio, suitor for Fran borjan hade casinot en slogan som var ”Vinnarum – Smalands bast bevarade hemlighet” och grafik som visade att casinot lag langt in i de smalandksa skogarna. Bianca John Worsnop
Lucentio, in love with Bianca Simon Pell
Tranio, Lucentio's servant Judith Nash
Biondello, Lucentio's lackey Sarah Eastwood
Vincentio, father of Lucentio Glenn Sewell
A Pedant Stephen Roberts
A Widow Ronnie Parkin
Curtis, Petruchio's servant Andy Moorhouse
A Tailor Kirsteen Cook
Servants to Petruchio Sarah O'Dell
Nic Worsnop Jill Cole
Sally Hunt Sue Humphrey
The Cook, a Barber and Servant Brian Raine
A Haberdasher, Priest and Officer Angus Wheeler
Townspeople Stephanie Robinson
Zoe Harris Hannah Wilson
Sarah Bentley Georgina Kinghorn
Musicians Diana Wilks
Valerie Jones Stephen Roberts
Glenn Sewell  


Assistant director John Worsnop
Stage management team Gillian Roberts
Lizzie Clapham Jill Barber
Sue Dodgson Kate Taylor
Robert Reed Georgina Kinghorn
Lighting and sound Harry Robinson
Bob Blythe Ian Cook
General gopher Michael Roberts
Wardrobe mistress Kirsteen Cook
Costumes Kirsteen Cook
Ronnie Parkin Sheila Brookes
Linda Wilson  
Wardrobe assistant Tracey Dunmore
Chief carpenter Ian Cook
Scenery Ian Cook
Harry Robinson Angus Wheeler
Andrew Best Gervais Bellamy
Simon Pell  
Scenic artist Simon Pell
Scene painting Mary Stastny
Helen Brandham Sebastian McEwan
Michael Roberts  
Site coordinator Glenn Sewell
Poster design Helen Brandham

Katherina and Petruchio

Katherina and Petruchio

Lucentio and Tranio

MacDeath – The Panto -- Winter 1990

MacDeath - the Panto

MacDeath - the Panto was adapted from the original Shakespeare by Stephen Roberts for The Castle Players. Following its premiere at the Bowes Museum the play toured to Glamis Castle - purported home of Macbeth himself!


"An audience of more than 60 chuckled its way through The Castle Players' own answer to Shakespeare, the classic story of MacDeath, during a Comic Relief evening at the Bowes Museum."
The Teesdale Mercury


Winter 1990
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The Comedy of Errors -- Summer 1990

The Comedy of Errors

An evening of mediaeval mayhem in the castle ruins, Barnard Castle. Our second summer produtcion was set in front of the round tower and accompanied by a mediaeval fair which filled the grounds with musicians, fire eaters and dancing bears.


"A big, sprawling production which bounced and echoed around the ruins of Barnard Castle."
The Teesdale Mercury

Summer 1990

Designed and directed by Simon Pell


Solinus, Duke of Ephesus John Mulley
Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse Gervais Bellamy
Aeilia, an Abbess Joan Hillery-Robinson
Antipholus of Ephesus Gerry Robertson
Antipholus of Syracuse Andrew Best
Dromio of Ephesus Andrew Moorhouse
Dromio of Syracuse Adrian Mitchell
Adriana, wife of En anledning till att 7Red har tagit bland annat norrmannen med storm ar de utmarkta bonusarna som t erbjuder. Antipholus of Ephesus Sarah O'Dell
Luciana, her sister Susan Humphrey
Luce, a maid Georgina Kinghorn
Nell, a kitchenmaid Sally Hunt
Balthasar, a merchant John Worsnop
Angelina, a goldmsith Ronnie Parkin
Doctor Pinch, a conjuror Judith Nash
An irate merchant Angus Wheeler
An officer Robert Reed
A courtesan Ruth McEwan
Tavern keepers Laurence Verghese
Stephanie Robinson Ann-Marie Lowery
Master of the Revels Glenn Sewell
Headsman Adam Crowe
Musicians Stephen Roberts
Diana Wilks Stella Brown
Valerie Jones Glenn Sewell
Jenny Brandham  
The Crowd Nic Worsnop
June Mouncey Sebastian McEwan
Jim Smith Gordon Rowe
John Degnan Janet Degnan
Pennine Way English Country Dancers Escomb Schol recorder group
The Soldiers Richmondshire Streethouse Morrismen
Harlots Sarah Bentley
Sarah Eastwood Zoe Harris
Doctor Pinch's assistants Lucy Charlesworth
Jane Ewart Alison Hammock
Holly McGhie Joanna Platt
Steven Tinkler Sarah Worsnop
Adriana's children Cecily Barber
Sophy Barber Pandora Barber
Bryony Bell Harry Worsnop
Clare Ewart Jenny Jordan
Luke Jordan Oliver O'Dell


Stage management team Lizzie Clapham
Jill Barber Kate Taylor
Lighting team Ian Cook
  Harry Robinson
Wardrobe mistress Kirsteen Cook
Costumes Kirsteen Cook
Ronnie Parkin Sheila Brookes


Aegeon's arrival in Ephesus

Adriana and Antipholus of Ephesus meet Dromio of Syracuse

A Midsummer Night’s Dream -- Summer 1989

A Midsummer Night's Dream

It sounded insane - but Simon Pell's vision for the first of The Castle Players' renowned summer productions came to life as a promenade performance in the foyer and grounds of the Bowes Museum.  A Midsummer Night's Dream caught the imagination of people throughout Teesdale with its magic, romance and spectacular firework finale.


"There can never have a been a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream quite like it before, in any era or in any part of the world."

The Teesdale Mercury


Summer 1989

Designed and directed by Simon Pell


Theseus, Duke of Athens Glenn Sewell
Egeus, father to Hermia Derek Longhurst
Lysander, in love with Hermia Mitch
Demetrius, in love with Hermia Phillip King
Philostrate, Master of the Revels to Theseus Richard Tulloch
Peter Quince, Prologue in the play Gerry Robertson
Snug, Lion in the play Amanda Redfearn
Nick Bottom, Pyramus in the play Besty
Francis Flute, Thisbe in the play Sebastian Verghese
Tom Snout, Wall in the play Adam Crowe
Robin Starveling, Moonshine in the play Keith Braithwaite
Hippolyta, betrothed to Theseus Helen Brandham
Hermia, daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander Sarah Odell
Helena, in love with Demetrius Alison Davies
Oberon, King of the Fairies Gervais Bellamy
Titania, Queen of the Fairies Ronnie Parkin
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow Andre Goosen
First fairy Sarah Roberts
Changeling boy Michael Roberts
Fairies Gwen Seller
Katie Yeadon Laura Gosling
Jane Ewart Ruth Allinson
Joanna Platt Holly McGhie
Sarah Worsnop Aliwyn Cole
Lucy Charlesworth Victoria Lynett
Ann-Marie Lowery  
Musicians Geoff Fowler
Rachel Lawless Rachel Skinner
Sarah Wright Alan Lowles
Carron Holmes Amanda Redfearn
Catherine Eddon  


Stage manager Lizzie Clapham
Deputy stage manager Jill Barber
Assistant stage managers Kate Taylor
  Michelle Jamieson
Dance choreographer Melanie Edmondson
Mechanicals' dance choreography Keith Giddens
Make-up Sarah Graham
  Clair Cartwright
Lighting Ian Cook
Lighting assistant Harry Robinson
Wardrobe mistress Kirsteen Cook
Wardrobe assistant Jackie Hart
Costumes Kirsteen Cook
Wendy Beck Ronnie Parkin
Marie Perkins Sue Goosen
Lucy Nye  
Cart, props and masks Simon Pell
Front of house managers Gill Roberts
Stephen Roberts Simon Pell
Musical director Geoff Fowler
Fundraiser Stephen Roberts

Mechanicals' rehearsal

Puck and Oberon

Titania and Bottom

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet -- Winter 1988

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet is a condensed version of one of the best known of all Shakespeare's plays, and is an irreverent adaptation by Tom Stoppard. Simon Pell, then newly arrived in Barnard Castle, has gone on to direct numerous summer and winter productions for the Castle Players.


Directed by Simon Pell


Laertes and Horatio Adrian Mitchell
Ophelia Sarah Roberts
Gertrude and Francisco Verity Fryer
Hamlet and Bernardo Michelle Jamieson
Shakespeare, Claudius and Polonius Andrew Best
Gravedigger and Ghost Helen Brandham


Stage managers Ian Cook
Kirsteen Cook Helen Brandham
Costumes Kirsteen Cook
Sound Ian Cook
Signs displayed by Leigh Beckley