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Barnard Castle has been recognised nationally as one of the 50 most historically and architecturally important towns in Great Britain and listed in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain. The Grade II listed Witham Hall is an important, central feature of the townscape, located where Horsemarket meets the Market Place.


The Hall

The Witham Testimonial was built by public subscription as a memorial to Henry T.M. Witham of Lartington, a palaeobotanist and philanthropist who had strived to make provision for the medical and educational needs of Barnard Castle before his death in 1844. Hence the building, which opened in 1846, housed the Mechanics' Institute and a Dispensary for the Relief of the Sick Poor. By 1860, a large music hall had been built to the rear of the Testimonial Building, whilst the premises later incorporated several small cottages in Hall Street. Together these buildings became known as The Witham and have continued to be used by the people of Barnard Castle as a backdrop for celebration, for participation and for people to gain new experiences.

2013 marks the culmination of over 10 years work to raise money and carry out work to restore its historic fabric and make The Witham fit-for-purpose as a fully accessible modern arts venue for the 21st century. The redevelopment project has seen the original Grade II listed Witham buildings restored, and a new link building constructed between the Witham Testimonial and the Event Hall, incorporating a foyer area, café bar and toilets. In addition, Durham County Council has extended and refurbished its Library building to the rear of The Witham buildings, to include new council offices and a customer access point as well as the continued Library service.

Funding of the project principally came from Durham County Council investing over £2 million with match funding of £336,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £773,879 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF funding is part of a wider programme which has brought more than £300 million to the North East. The Witham and Library development project was led by Barnard Castle Vision, Durham County Council and The Witham Directors.

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Hire Charges: Contact the hall directly Registered Charity Number: 1146726

Contact

Centre Manager - 01833 631107 Email: admin@thewitham.org.uk The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726

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What's On at Witham Hall Barnard Castle

Coming Up Contact Notes
On Tuesday the 01st of November 2016 until 31 December 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Inquisitive Infants (0-5) every Tuesdayonly
Creative sessions for 0-5 year olds. Come and explore in this creatively nurturing session, to engage children's minds, hands and imaginations. Weekly activities will help encourage and develop: • self confidence • problem solving skills • dexterity, gross and fine motor skills • social and emotional awareness Ticket includes a drink and biscuit for children and a 10% discount in The Dispensary Cafe. Email Gemma at: suitcasestudiouk@gmail.com
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£500, £3.00 additional sibblings
On Saturday the 31st of December 2016 until 01 December 2017
20:00 to 01:00 New Years Eve Ceilidh & Hog Roast
Support The Witham and dance the night away. Booking in advance is essential. Live Ceilidh Band. Hog Roast. Fizz & Fireworks at midnight. Live Party Band
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£45.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 10th of January 2017 until 25 April 2017
16:00 to 18:15 Musikality : Ballet Classes
Musikality's dance teacher trained at Rambert London and has extensive experience in both professional and teaching fields. Why not come and try one of our Ballet classes for physical strength and agility. Younger students will also be encouraged to use their imagination and apply this and their personality to music. Having fun with noise is always popular with children and this class is no exception which in turn helps to encourage and develop confidence. Ages 4-8, 4.00 – 4.45 pm, adults 5.30 – 6.15 pm. EVERY TUESDAY
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01833 631107
£4.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 10th of January 2017 until 25 April 2017
16:45 to 19:00 Musikality : Tap Classes
Musikality's dance teacher trained at Rambert London and has extensive experience in both professional and teaching fields. Our tap class will build strength in the legs and feet in addition to increasing flexibility in the hip, knees and ankles. Having fun with noise is always popular with children and this class is no exception which in turn helps to encourage and develop confidence. Ages 4-8 4.45 – 5.30 pm, adults 6.16 – 7.00 pm. EVERY TUESDAY
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£4.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 10th of January 2017 until 25 April 2017
18:00 to 19:00 Musicality : Ukulele Band
Ukulele is a great instrument for all ages, but we're not limiting ourselves to ukulele as we would like everyone to be involved, no matter what their age. So if you can play a kazoo or tambourine we would love to hear from you, it's about having fun and making music to share. Everyone welcome. EVERY TUESDAY
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01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 10th of January 2017 until 25 April 2017
19:00 to 20:00 Musikality Community Choir
A decade ago, the thought of a choir would have brought only hymns to mind, however, there has been a revolution in attitudes and this community choir will bring all ages and abilities together through music. We will also be working towards performances with a live band, something participants may not have had the opportunity to do before. To work with a live band is a very uplifting experience and we guarantee every member will enjoy this weekly session. Everyone welcome. EVERY TUESDAY
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01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 13th of January 2017 until 30 June 2017
10:00 to 12:00 Arts and Crafts Class for All
This class is for people who want to create art work or crafts in their own style. Therefore, you should bring your own materials and Jane will give ideas and suggestions as to how you can improve your endeavours. Or, for anyone new to arts & crafts and with an itch for a new hobby, Jane will give ideas and inspiration. If you want to meet new people with common interests, this group is for you, you never know what you might achieve! Further information is available from Jane directly at janeyart@me.com This term runs for 12 classes. The last date being Friday 7 April. (There is a break for half term on Friday 24 February). A 10% discount is available for a block booking for 6 classes (each half term). 6 classes from Friday 13 January - Friday 17 February 6 classes from Friday 3 March - Friday 7 April 8 classes from Friday 5 May - Friday 30 June
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 26th of April 2017
19:00 RSC live : Julius Caesar (12A)
Julius Caesar begins the Roman series, with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence in a race to claim the empire, after the all-conquering Caesar returns from war. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 27th of April 2017 until 20 May 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Emotive Landscapes
Celebrated artists Dawn Brookes, Debbie Loane an Andrew Dalton present an abstract exhibition inspired by landscapes. Working across painting, printmaking and drawing, celebrated artists Dawn Brookes, Debbie Loane and Andrew Dalton come together to present a stunning exhibition of abstracted, emotive landscapes. Debbie Loane: 'I come from a largely agricultural background. As a painter working with the landscape I am constantly challenged to create work which acknowledges the romantic splendour of the Northern landscape, whilst at the same time being conscious that my work is rooted in the daily practicalities of rural life. As a result my work can take many forms.' Andrew Dalton: 'As an artist, I am fascinated by black and white. In print, painting and drawing I use black, and its gradations to white, as the vehicle through which I express myself. Whether figurative or abstract, my imagery represents a personal narrative; a distillation of moments that represent experience. A dragonfly, bird or figure can represent itself or the memory of an event, place or time. I try to create images that offer the viewer ambiguous forms to consider and fill with their own meaning.' Dawn Brooks: 'I create abstract monochrome prints that are stark, intimate and expressive. By combining drawing with drypoint etching and collagraph, I develop the printing plate, instinctively reacting to marks as they are made. The process retains a spontaneity and fluidity whilst exploiting the technical discipline of printmaking. The layering of abstract mark making gives the prints a subtlety and depth which accentuates their physical presence. The sequence and rhythm of lines creates the illusion of floating between, or passing through, veils of thin air.' Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 27th of April 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Adventures in Drawing : Purely Pastels, Landscapes
Using soft pastels to create a series of landscape compositions from photo-reference. About the artist : Fiona paints with soft pastel, which brings a vibrancy and richness of colour to a range of landscape compositions from across County Durham and Northumberland. A professionally qualified teacher with over 14 years experience, Fiona has been running community based art classes since 2013 as well as art workshops. She lives in Shotley Bridge with her husband and two children. To find out more information about Fiona and her art classes, visit her website. www.fionacarvellart.co.uk
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£75.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 27th of April 2017
19:30 Film : A United Kingdom (12A)
Biographical romantic drama directed by Amma Asante, based on the romance between Sir Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams Khama. The Prince of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Monday the 01st of May 2017
20:00 Jig Doll
A combination of clogs, folk music, digital layering and Hannah Jame's beautiful and delicate voice. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 04th of May 2017
19:30 Film : Paterson (PG)
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who follows the same routine every day. He observes the city and listens to fragments of conversations while picking up and dropping off his passengers. Paterson also writes heartfelt poems in a notebook, walks his dog and drinks one beer in a bar after his shift is over. Waiting for him at home is Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), his beloved wife who champions his gift for writing. Jim Jarmusch’s new movie is a quiet delight: the story of a gentle, artistic man and his wife which celebrates small-town life and dreams without patronising.The Guardian ****
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 05th of May 2017
20:00 Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
One of the UK folk scene's most rewarding enduring partnerships. Their intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them am enviable reputation as 'songwriters par excellence'. Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." – Festivalsforall.com
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£13.00 in advance, £15.00 on door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 06th of May 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods - jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices. They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 06th of May 2017
19:30 Richard Navarro : Let the People Sing
Richard brings a chorus of singers from across County Durham and beyond adding energy to captivating songs and Nicholas Thurston's double bass. Richard Navarro is an extraordinary vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Evocative and uplifting, his original songs take the folk traditions of melody and storytelling and supercharge them through live looping and improvisation. Recently described as ‘staggeringly talented’ by the BRIT/Mercury Award-winning producer Charlie Andrew, he has frequently opened for Joan Armatrading on her UK tours and throughout 2017 is collaborating with professional and amateur choirs both here and abroad. His show at The Witham will feature a chorus of singers from different groups across Country Durham and surrounding areas, bringing added energy to captivating songs that also feature Nicholas Thurston on double bass. “Finely-crafted songwriting” Joan Armatrading
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01833 631107
£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 10th of May 2017
19:30 Master Musicians : Tyler Hay (piano) & Ben Westlake (clarinet)
Tyler Hay studied at the Kent Academy and the Purcell School. He has performed Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sonata at the Wigmore Hall, and Scriabin's 5th Sonata at the South Bank's Purcell Room. In February 2016, he won First Prize in the Keyboard Section of the Royal Overseas League Competition.Ben Westlake, clarinetist will perform alongside Tyler Hay with a programme of Brahms, Schumann, Reger & Operatic
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£8.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 11th of May 2017
19:00 NTL : Obsession (15)
Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 13th of May 2017
20:00 Lost Dog Theatre Company present Paradise Lost (13+)
There is a possibility that God made everything because he was terrified of doing nothing. Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost – told through words, music and the easily misunderstood medium of dance. A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) and then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 18th of May 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Adventures in Drawing : Portraiture for beginners
This workshop is aimed at those new to portrait drawing. Designed to develop observational and technical understanding. About the artist : Fiona paints with soft pastel, which brings a vibrancy and richness of colour to a range of landscape compositions from across County Durham and Northumberland. A professionally qualified teacher with over 14 years experience, Fiona has been running community based art classes since 2013 as well as art workshops. She lives in Shotley Bridge with her husband and two children. To find out more information about Fiona and her art classes, visit her website. www.fionacarvellart.co.uk
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£60.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 18th of May 2017
19:00 NTL : Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (12A)
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 19th of May 2017
19:30 Art with a Heart (14+)
'Declaration' takes you on vibrant and daring adventure that asks you to roll around in your weirdness, make a hat out of it and dance. Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round. Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Doctor thought it was sugar. Her current Doctor thinks its ADHD. Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Will it change the way you see her and the way she sees herself?
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 24th of May 2017
19:00 RSC live : Anthony and Cleopatra (12A)
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 25th of May 2017 until 17 June 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Fields and Hedgerows
Fields and Hedgerows is an art exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world. This joyful group show features images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows. With the coming of spring and the nearing of summer comes the rediscovery of animals and insects in the fields and hedgerows that surround us. Fields and Hedgerows is an exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world as exemplified in The Witham’s wonderful Storytelling Chair, a commission by local textile artist Glynis Manning. This joyful exhibition features images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows and has been curated with the intention of appealing to visitors of all ages. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 25th of May 2017
19:30 Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (plus optional supper)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, have come a long way on their journey. In 2009, Phillip, one of the UK's finest slide guitarists and harmonica players, moved into a tent in south Devon. He had just returned from studying Indian classical guitar in Calcutta with world expert Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. He had his tent, his car, and a five year plan to earn a living through his music. Playing in alt-folk outfit The Roots Union, he met Devonian fiddle-singer Hannah Martin, and the pair instantly recognised a very powerful musical connection. When the band ended, they continued as a duo, playing all over the country, from Glastonbury festival to busking sessions on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Week.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£15.00 in advance, £17.00 on door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 27th of May 2017
10:30 Daisy Doodle Paint a Pot
Daisy Doodle is a small family run paint a pot parlour in the heart of the thriving market town of Northallerton. Come along to The Witham this time to spend a few hours relaxing and creating your own unique piece of pottery. Daisy Doodle is pots of fun for all the family, no matter what age. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic, no experience is necessary and there are lots of pattern books and stencils available. The friendly, hands on team are always available to provide assistance and inspirational ideas. Daisy Doodle will provide everything you need from the paint and supplies to the inspiration and ideas. Cost of pot £4 - £40.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£4.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 01st of June 2017
13:30 Trolls (singalong) (U)
Sing along with the cast of Trolls! From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks' TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5 individual, £16.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 01st of June 2017
19:30 Bolshoi Ballet encore : A Contemporary Evening (12A)
For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a bold new challenge in Hans Van Manen's Frank Bridge's Variations, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot's Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and the masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis, raising Van Manen's formal beauty, Leon and Lightfoot's intensity, and Ratmansky's witty brilliance to a new level.
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01833 631107
£15.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 07th of June 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : works of Frederick Ashton
The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at The Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its founder, Choreographer Frederick Ashton. This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder, Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.
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01833 631107
£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Thursday the 08th of June 2017
19:00 NTL : Rosencratz & Guildenstern are Dead (encore)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
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01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 10th of June 2017
14:00 NTL Encore : Peter Pan
Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. ‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’ Radio Times All children, except one, grow up…Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 13th of June 2017
19:30 Exhibition on screen : Michaelangelo, Love and Death
'Michelangelo Love And Death' goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate giant of art history. To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, 'Michelangelo Love And Death' offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice that included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 22nd of June 2017
19:00 NTL : Salome (15)
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 28th of June 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Otello
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano. World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant
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01833 631107
£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Thursday the 20th of July 2017 until 12 August 2017
10:00 to 16:00 The Magic of Illustration
This exhibition, The Magic of Illustration, will bring to life books, music, characters and drawings by local and nationally celebrated artists and illustrators, who through their displays will open up their sketchbooks and notepads to reveal the process behind the finished product, be that a book sleeve or an album cover. This bright and beautiful exhibition describes the creative process, marking-up, and re-working of design and illustration showing all of the hard work and imagination that is required to bring characters to life, and proving that Rome wasn't build in a day!
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 20th of July 2017
19:00 NTL : Angels in 'america part 1 : Millennium Approaches (15)
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017.
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On Thursday the 27th of July 2017
19:00 NTL : Angels in America part 2 : Perestroika (15)
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.
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On Wednesday the 09th of August 2017
19:00 RSC Live : Titus Andronicus
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
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On Thursday the 31st of August 2017
19:00 NTL : Yerma (15)
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.
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Daily (including weekends) Contact Notes
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Fine Art by Anne Mason
23 Nov to 3 Dec Fine Art by Anne Mason A collection of fine art depicting northern landscapes, animals and natural history. Teesdale artist, Anne Mason, exhibits original paintings and prints of northern landscapes, animals and natural history.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Art Society
Barnard Castle Art Society 1 – 10 Nov Barnard Castle Art Society have held their annual art exhibitions at the Witham since the gallery first installed there and have been pleased to be able to show their work since it was refurbished. The art society have sketching meetings during the Summer and meet for practical work sessions during the the other seasons .These meetings inspire them to produce an attractive variety of work for their exhibition.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 David Gibbon Photography
7 Sept to 1 Oct David Gibbon Photography David and Louise bring images of their past year travelling around the UK, Scottish Highlands, Poland and the Boreal Forest in Finland. The couple have always had an interest in wildlife, but it wasn't until 2009 when the RSPB opened a flagship £7 million nature reserve - Saltholme on Teesside - that their interest in photography really took off. They are now widely published and have won many accolades for their work, which is now represented by image agency Robert Harding and press agency Rex Features. After attending a workshop with north-east wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt in 2011, they switched off auto and began taking photos by setting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed themselves. The pair, who live in County Durham, shoot in RAW and use Apple Mac, Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 to process their images. Talking about their work, David said: "Louise and I have spent a great deal of time studying the work of professional wildlife photographers, many of whom are now friends, and this has helped us in our quest for better images. For anyone looking to do wildlife photography on a serious level, this is something we highly recommend." David and Louise now travel extensively and specialise in capturing wildlife. David said: "Louise and I only photograph truly wild animals. A few years ago we made a vow never to capture anything that is captive, it just doesn't feel right. We have many more trips planned to capture the natural world so watch this space."
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Weekly Contact Notes
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl.
Each Tuesday from 26 July until 30 Aug Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl. Date: Tuesdays Time: 10:30 am - 12 noon Price: Craft activity £3 per child (to Green Bee Creatives) No Booking Required Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS Contact info@thewitham.org.uk Tel 01833 631107 Websiye www.thewitham.org.uk
The Witham
01833 631107
DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking require
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Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Featuring the winning story of the Summer of Stories Writing Competition. Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl with a multitude of imaginative and magical tales in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking required
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£3
Thursdays
10:30 to 12:00 Royal Literary Reading Round Group
The Reading Round is a new sort of reading group promoted by the Royal Literary Fund & I have the great pleasure of being appointed one of their Northern "lectors". In each session the group discusses a short story and a poem read aloud. There is no homework & no prior knowledge is necessary. You just turn up with your love of a good story. If you are interested in joining the Barnard Castle group, email me at rj@rebeccajenkins.com. I look forward to meeting you!
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Monthly (first of a month) Contact Notes
The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
Different every time. 20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods. Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage
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The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 16:00 Northern Crafts
Everything from jam to jewellery. With over 15 stalls of locally handmade goods and luxury gifts on sale, why not pop along and have a look. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. You can also enjoy the refreshments on offer in the Cafe Bar during your visit. For more information see www.northerncrafts.co.uk or email northerncrafts@outlook.com
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A variety of hire options are available, from meeting rooms to hot-desks and The Dispensary Cafe Bar offers drinks, snacks and meals. For more information please contact The Witham.