Event List

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    19
    Oct
    2020
    1000 - 1200 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreSam Tucker 07846 168316£1.30

    Growing Together, WearICare and Innovations come very week for this pleasurable activity.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    1715 - 1745 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreStephanie Alderson 07715 568614 or dynamicdanceftb@hotmail.co.ukContact Stephanie

    This is NEW and is starting on the 7th November 2017

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    1745 - 1845 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreStephanie Alderson 07715 568614 or dynamicdanceftb@hotmail.co.ukContact Stephanie
  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    1845 - 1945 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreStephanie Alderson 07715 568614 or dynamicdanceftb@hotmail.co.ukContact Stephanie

    Come along with your children and join the Dynamic Dance School on a Tuesday evening.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    2000 - 2100 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreBernadette Rogers 01388 601177 or 07930 944810Contact Bernadette

    Enjoy a night with us at the Memorial Hall

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    28
    Oct
    2020
    1030 - 1130 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreBethany Webb 07494 4880584810FREE
  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    24
    Oct
    2018
    1800 - 1930 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan for price

    Zumba is an excellent way to keep fit and to enjoy others company

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018
    1300 - 1400 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan for price

    Zumba is an excellent way to keep fit and to enjoy others company

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    Thu
    29
    Oct
    2020
    1930 - 2130 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreGraeme Scarlett 01388 774228 or 07450 880138 or graemescarlett@aol.comContact Graeme

    Come along and join Graeme on the organ for a tea dance

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018
    1730 - 1815 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba is an excellent way to keep fit and to enjoys others company

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    0830 hrs & 1030 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreRochelle Holmes 07883 812469 or rochellex1@icloud.comAs per Slimming World

    Come along and join us on a Saturday morning.

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Teesdale Christmas Art Fair presents an exciting opportunity to purchase unique, locally made fine art in time for the festive season.

    Following the success of the inaugural Teesdale Christmas Art Fair in 2016 we are delighted to announce dates for the second Teesdale Christmas Art Fair that will take place for an extended period of time giving visitors more of an opportunity to visit the exhibition and purchase unique gifts.

    Teesdale Christmas Art Fair is a large, group exhibition of carefully selected art work by artists from across the region whose work will be displayed in exhibition spaces throughout The Witham. The exhibition comprises original works of art spanning fine art painting, drawing, sculpture, textile art, and limited edition prints in addition to applied art that will be on display and available to buy in the Shop at The Witham.

    The Teesdale Christmas Art Fair will also form part of The Witham's vibrant programme of Christmas activity that sees visitors of all ages flock to the arts centre for activities and entertainment.

    Closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Depoyan Manuk

    Brief synopsis: Little Nick Tanner has a lot to live up to, what with his father being a famous Dragon slayer... So when an evil witch is possessed by the spirit of an ancient dragon, Nicky must embark on a fantastic quest to save both the world of humans and the world of magic. Along for the ride are best friends Eddie - the wanna-be wizard - and Rocky, the feral wild child.

    Runtime: 85 mins       

     

     

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth, Eddie Marsan, Sam Reid

    Director: Juan Carlos Medina

    Brief synopsis: When a series of gruesome murders shake Victorian London, Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy; Their Finest) of Scotland Yard is promoted to lead an investigation into finding the killer. The community believes only the mythical Limehouse Golem could be responsible, but as Kildare uncovers a group of unlikely suspects, he must discover which one is the killer before they strike again.

     Runtime: 109 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    The Witham hosts the launch of the Castle Players’ Winter Tour - a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ever-popular story of ‘the parish boy’s progress’ - Oliver’s journey from workhouse orphan to adopted respectability via the dark and sinister underworld of 19th century London.

    Dramatised and directed by Laurence Sach, the production brings a host of Dickens’ vivid characters to life - Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Mr Bumble the Beadle, Fagin, Bill Sykes, Nancy and many more

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  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£110.00
    Laurence Sach leads an informal sixteen session introduction to the development of European theatre from its earliest origins in Ancient Greece to the five key practitioners (Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre.
    Each two hour session begins with an illustrated talk followed by a short refreshment break, and then a group discussion of that session’s topic and play text.
    The sessions:
     
    1. Myth, Ritual & Religion
    2. Greek Theatre – the origins (The Oresteia by Aeschylus)
    3. Greek Tragedy – the playwrights (Electra by Sophocles and The Trojan Women by Euripides)
    4. Roman Tragedy - (Thyestes by Seneca)
    5. Greek & Roman Comedy (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)
    6. Medieval Mystery Plays - (The Creation, Noah, Abraham & Isaac, The Crucifixion)
    7. Medieval Morality plays and Tudor Interludes (Mankind)
    8. Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare (Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe)
    9. Jacobean & Caroline (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford)
    10. Restoration Theatre (The Country Wife by William Wycherley)
    11. 18th Century Theatre (The Beggars’ Opera by John Gay)
    12. 19th Century & Melodrama (The Bells by Leopald Lewis)
    13. Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler)
    14. Chechov & Stanislavski (The Cherry Orchard)
    15. Brecht & Political Theatre (The Caucasian Chalk Circle)
    16. Samuel Beckett & Theatre of the Absurd (Waiting for Godot)
    Laurence is a freelance writer and director who has been Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company, manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow, and lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts.
    Sessions from October 18th to December 6th. Then, January 10th to February 28th.
    For queries and additional information please e-mail: laurencepsach@gmail.com
  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018
    Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The majority of the members of Barnard Castle Art Society have no formal artistic training, yet posses a relentless passion for creating art and immortalising the beauty of their Teesdale environs.

    During the summer months members of Barnard Castle Art Society meet regularly to sketch together en plein air, making the most of the fine weather and the effects that the high, bright light has on the landscape at this time of year.

    During the colder months, members of the group meet for practical work sessions, to share ideas, knowledge and techniques. These meetings and the support they offer inspire other members to produce work in preparation for their annual exhibition.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 and under

    The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

    Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…

    David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

    Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

    Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles

    MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI
    DIRECTOR DAVID MCVICAR
    CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER JOEL
    RIGOLETTO DIMITRI PLATANIAS
    GILDA LUCY CROWE
    DUKE OF MANTUA MICHAEL FABIANO

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Anthony Leondis

    Brief synopsis: The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favourite Emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each Emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant Emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions.

    Runtime: 86 mins

     

     

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson,  Lily Travers, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow

    Director: Gurinder Chadha

    Brief synopsis: Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted.

    Runtime: 106 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmNewsham Village Hall01833 621300 or 01833 621019Adults £7 Children £5
  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington DC. 

    Exhibition on Screen is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington.

    One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    'Dunkirk review: heart-hammering and heroically British, this is Christopher Nolan at the peak of his powers.' The Telegraph

    Director, Antony Nolan, delivers an utterly immersive film with stunning cinematography.  Staring Kenneth Branagh.The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Learn how to capture the beauty of our local landscape. 

    Working with local artist Anne Mason, enjoy a day learning the techniques to capture the stunning Teesdale landscapes in winter.

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018
    3:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com£8/£5

    Doors & bar open 2.15 pm. Tickets are £8, or £5 for 16 years and under. Available from Staindrop Post Office or online from Ticketsource. This classic tale is for all ages (children from 7 years upwards) - with a fresh twist from the fabulous Castle Players.

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Join Alan Hinkes OBE for this special screening of the film about his life. 

    Alan is the first Briton to have climbed the world’s highest mountains and this is the biopic of his life, created by critically acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham and producer of the BBC hit ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ and ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’. Hinkes is the first and only British mountaineer to summit all 14 of the world’s highest mountains, each over 8,000 metres. Alan will introduce the film and take part in a Q & A at the end of the screening. 

    Film running time: 90 mins + intro with Q and A.

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018
    17.45 - 19.45Scarth Hall, StaindropKathryn: 07817 192827£85 for 10 sessions, includes week 1 flowers, all oasis, use of tools

    NEW Flower-arranging course with Kathryn Hume of Forget-me-not Flower Design and Flower School. Learn something new each week with expert support and tuition from Kathryn. The 10 x session course (each session lasts 2 hours) starts on Wednesday 31 January with the last session on Wednesday 6 June. The cost is only £85 which includes use of tools, week 1 flowers, and all oasis.

    Fun with Flowers Spring 2018

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson

    Directors:  Kenny Ortega

    Brief synopsis: Kenny Ortega directs this fantasy adventure sequel following the children of some of Disney's most notorious villains. When the celebrity lifestyle becomes too much for Mal (Dove Cameron), she reverts back to her old ways and returns to the Isle of the Lost. 
    Runtime: 105 mins       

     

     

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård

    Director: Janus Metz

    Brief synopsis: The clash of tennis titans is relived with Shia LaBeouf, in a stroke of casting genius, playing John McEnroe.
    One of the biggest sporting rivalries in history culminated in the Wimbledon finals of 1980. And its result changed the face of tennis forever.

    Runtime: 100 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Enjoy the fresh produce on offer!  One of the longest running Farmer's Markets in the North, come to enjoy the delicious food of our region from the producers and farmers who produce it.

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmCotherstone Village Hall01833-651980£8 adults, £2 children
  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmCotherstone Village Hall01833-651980£8 adults, £2 children
  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 and under

    Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

    Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

    A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals. Sung in Italian with English subtitles

    MUSIC GIACOMO PUCCINI
    DIRECTOR JONATHAN KENT
    CONDUCTOR DAN ETTINGER
    FLORIA TOSCA ADRIANNE PIECZONKA
    MARIO CAVARADOSSI JOSEPH CALLEJA
    BARON SCARPIA GERALD FINLEY

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    'A disaffected farmer’s fling with a Romanian worker reawakens his love of the land in Francis Lee’s tender, impressive debut.' The Guardian

    Set and filmed in Yorkshire this critically acclaimed film follows the love story between a farmer and an immigrant worker.  'Pure poetry' EMPIRE *****

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    19:00 until lateHeighington Village HallMr Keith Houghton on, 07788219541 or Mrs Vicki Lumb on 078837981959£10.00

    The 'Heighington Village Hall Association' and the Heighington BP Scouts are getting together to bring you a fabulous evening of entertainment where we will be Ceilidh dancing, strictly for fun! with the assistance of the 'Compass Rose Ceilidh Band'
    Traditional Burns Night Food is included and there will be a fully 'Licensed Bar' available.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmHeighington Village HallKeith Houghton or Vicki Lumn£10.00/Ticket

    Don't miss this Very Special Event

    BURNS NIGHT

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00 advance, £16.00 full

    Scottish folk singer Emily Smith and New Zealand-born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. 

    With rich vocal harmonies , accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.

    Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave) the couple have taken time to focus on writing new material with an album release planned in 2018.  The tour showcases a big new sound for the duo with originals by McClennan and reworked traditional songs from Smith paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years.

    Meeting in 2002 when McClennan moved from NZ to Scotland, fiddle player Jamie soon became an integral part of Emily’s sound, taking on the role of lead guitar and backing vocals and producing several of her albums.   They have performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and North America with their music firmly rooted in the roots idiom drawing on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond.  Emily’s emotive voice lifts souls with its simple beauty.  Paired with McClennan’s sensitive accompaniment and rich harmonies they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    A family crafty-workshop where the whole family can get involved in preventing Hen's eggs from cracking!

    How will you protect Hen’s egg? Fox thinks Hen’s eggs look delicious and she needs your help to keep them safe. Using the materials on offer can you stop the egg from cracking and keep Hen happy and out fox the Fox.  Approx. 5- 11yrs

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Christopher Luscombe, Director of Love Labour's Lost (2014) and Much Ado About Nothing (2016) returns to the RSC to tackle Shakespeare's greatest comedy.

    'I am all the daughters of my father's house,
    And all the brothers too.'

    Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

    Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Exploring connections between artists, spaces and audiences.

    Part of Navigator North's Latest Edition Project, this exhibition features six regionally based artists; Carol Devey-Haughton, Diane Watson, Becki Harper, Nick Kennedy, Theresa Easton and Alex Sickling. Includes ceramics, printmaking, textiles, photography and sculpture with an affordable artist designed gift range for sale.

    Latest Edition is a Navigator North project building upon the success of previous professional development programmes and opportunities offered to visual artists. The focus of this project is around sustainable practice for artists who are interested in making work for exhibition and commission as well as sales of original and limited edition works and artist merchandise – exploring a range of income streams as part of creative practice.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£10.00 early bird, £12.00 full price

    The TBA 2017 is organised by Enterprise House and the awards ceremony is to be held on the Thursday 15th February 2018 at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

    Working with category sponsors, Enterprise House is organising The Teesdale Business Awards.

    The idea of the awards is simply for our local business community the opportunity to showcase and promote successes

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  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under


    In the unfathomable darkness of space, an invisible missile starts its journey to Earth from Mars... 

    In the unfathomable darkness of empty space, an invisible missile starts its journey to Earth from Mars. And another. And another. And another...

    Ten missiles fired at the unsuspecting Earth and rushing through the empty gulf of space. Ten missiles carrying an invading force of Martians, their intellects vast, cool and unsympathetic. Hour by hour, day by day, closer and closer the Martians come, ready for war and the massacre of mankind.

    The War of the Worlds charts the fortunes of a band of survivors as they become refugees in their own country, forced to flee from an unknown and unprovoked enemy, and battle against the devastation and destruction of their planet. Northern Stage's vivid and dynamic new production relocates H.G. Wells' iconic novel to the North East of England, in a contemporary re-telling of a sci-fi classic.

    Suitable for ages 12+

    A Northern Stage production

    By H.G. Wells.  Directed by Elayce Ismail

    A new adaptation by Laura Lindow

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    A concert of favourite popular songs from the world of Musicals and Operetta.

    Duets, trios and ensembles with Simon Dearsley, Philippa Dearsley and Penny Randell-Davies.

  • Thu
    22
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
    On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

    ★★★★ "A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"
    Sunday Times

    ★★★★ "A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"
    The Independent

    ★★★★ "Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"
    The Metro

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald

    Directors: Simon Curtis

    Brief synopsis: GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh

    Runtime: 107 mins

     

     

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Brief synopsis: “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

    Runtime: 107 mins

     

     

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10.00 aged under 6

    Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
    The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals.

    CHOREOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
    MUSIC JOBY TALBOT

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Enjoy the fresh produce on offer!  One of the longest running Farmer's Markets in the North, come to enjoy the delicious food of our region from the producers and farmers who produce it.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Karen Babayan presents Patterns in Nature.  Spring is on its way and in celebration we will use plants and flowers as inspiration.  Participants will make a series of sketches, which they will then develop into relief prints incorporating repeat pattern and colour.

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018
    6:45 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 or under

    Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

    This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours 20 minutes, including one interval. Sung in French with English subtitles

    MUSIC GEORGES BIZET
    DIRECTOR BARRIE KOSKY
    CONDUCTOR JAKUB HRŮŠA
    CARMEN ANNA GORYACHOVA
    DON JOSÉ FRANCESCO MELI
    MICAËLA ANETT FRITSCH
    ESCAMILLO KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 in advance

    Olav Lukesengard Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc are in great demand worldwide for their gripping unique blend of traditional fiddle music.

    With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music from where they each belong, they have developed a sound that has been described as “unique”, “meaningful”, “intense” and “invigorating”.

    Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs and bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles.

    “Seldom before can three fiddlers have sounded so well matched as the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. And seldom before can three fiddles have sounded so much like four and at times five instruments without using electronic trickery.” – The Herald.

    To date their music has taken them to the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe captivating audiences along the way.

    2016 saw the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Deliverance”, the follow up to their eponymously entitled debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

    “On the evidence to hand, pure fiddle doesn´t get much better than The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.” Folkworld.

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindrop01833 650930£12.50

    Alun Cochrane is a no-nonsense comedian who specialises in funny nonsense. Much of his comedy begins simply as something he’s seen, heard or felt in his own life, or in the street, or the kitchen, or anywhere and from that it blossoms into a highly amusing anecdote or a strange flight of fancy.

    He has recently joined Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show and can be heard every Saturday morning from 8am. Alun has several television appearances to his name, most recently Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow he’s also often seen on Eight out of ten cats, Mock The Week,  and has appeared on Soccer A.M and Live At The Comedy Store.

    Radio producers are also aware of Cochrane’s talent and he’s notched up various credits from Just A Minute, 4 Stands Up, and The Now Show to Clive Anderson’s Chat Room. Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up. Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show.

    Alun’s official tour description reads, “As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.” Age restriction: suitable for 16+

    Tickets from Staindrop Post Office or online from Ticketsource.

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing and was recently awarded a prestigious prize as one of most promising young artists to appear at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy. 

    He will be playing Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Six Bagatelles, Busoni's Sonatina Seconda and Liszt's Don Juan.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    LOVING VINCENT, the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.

    More than six years in the making with the help of 125 specially trained painters, LOVING VINCENT is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames.

    Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by van Gogh’s masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters, LOVING VINCENT captures the world of van Gogh in a cinematic experience like no other

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    With ever increasing pressures on the NHS, there's never been a more important time to take positive action to take care of your own health.

    Come along and find out about some of the good things available in Teesdale and the surrounding area to help you to achieve this.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 in advance

    John Otway is a singer-songwriter who has built a cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.

    'A cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. Gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life-enhancing.' Cambridge Fayre Review

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

    Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

    Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Jenny’s a vicar. But she’s got problems. Her creepy ex-husband keeps sending her flowers and won’t sign the divorce papers.

    The church hall is being renovated by a dodgy builder, who’s being investigated by the police.

    And her best friend Danny has turned up in the vestry with a gun. Danny has anger issues. He’s just had a fight with his best mate Benson. They’re in too deep and running out of options.

    So when he turns to the church Jenny has to choose between doing the right thing or doing the legal thing.

    Presented by Little Mighty

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Learn how to tool and colour your own spring-themed leather, from pouches and tiles to wallets and bookmarks.

    Mark Rowney has been tooling , carving  and hand painting leather Accessories, Sculptures and objet d'art for 30 years. He has a passion for 'The Arts & Crafts' movement, contemporary rural Art and Nature.  These can all be witnessed in his work.  Highly detailed and richly designed pieces are made bespoke for all clients. He has worked for Paul Smith producing leather products for his New York and Paris stores and has also worked in India as an embroidery designer.. He has spent the last few years building and designing 'The Hide', a purpose built studio/workshop decorated throughout with beautiful Leather work from which he teaches this wonderful Art form.

    Each participant will create a min. of two items you have tooled yourselves to take home.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Reg Vardy have been North of England Brass Band Champions 35 times and are listing in the top 20 of the World Brass Band Rankings.

    Based in Stanley, the band are renowned for giving high quality concerts of new original music alongside the more traditional brass band repertoire

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  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com

    Doors and bar 7.00 pm, show starts 8.00 pm. Tickets will be available from TicketSource or from Staindrop Post Office.

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 16 and under

    New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

    The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

    Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

    The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are both inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Inspired by Handel’s profound religious masterpiece, this acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production provides a rare chance to experience a powerfully dramatic account of Messiah and to rediscover the intense spirituality of its many well-known arias and choruses.

    Staged by the Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), this extraordinary production features Europe’s most celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert, the magnificent Erebus Ensemble and a cast of internationally-renowned soloists.

    The story explores the drama and struggle of faith, showing a group of people whose grief at the loss of their leader is transformed into hope through a narrative of resurrection. Through their despair, the Apostles gradually realise their mission is to redeem the world by sharing the story of Jesus’s life and death with all humanity.

    Described by the critics as an ‘astonishingly beautiful’ (The Stage),‘direct and impactful interpretation’ (The Times), this dramatised concert is a rare treat for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018
    Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Designer Makers Market showcases the very best regional designers and craftspeople, with original work and a strong up-cycled theme. Meet the designer makers and buy handcrafted goods of gallery quality. Some will be demonstrating their skills and others will be running 'have-a-go' sessions.

    Admission is free but a donation to St Teresa's Hospice would be gratefully received.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    An abundance of materials await in you in this workshop, just bring your imagination.

    Come and create a character you have invented or an old favourite from a story, large or small it is up to you.

    Once you’re done bring the puppet to life in the pop up theatre. This workshop is aimed at children aged approximately 3-11yrs but EVERYYONE is welcome.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

    Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’.

    With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

    Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold.

    The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds.

    The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child

    Presented by Little Mightly.  Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breathtaking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.

    Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards.  Suitable for age 7+

    'This beautiful show is indescribable' - Edinburgh Guide

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 advance

    One of Scotland's premier traditional bands.  As they approach their 50th anniversary in 2018, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

    The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll."

    Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahill Weavers began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to the on-stage presentations, the first professional Scottish folk group to successfully do so. The combination of the powerful pipe solos, Roy's driving guitar backing and lead vocals, and Phil's ethereal flute playing breathed new life into Scotland's vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs.

    Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.  In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 they are joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall. Lorne comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie “Brave”, along with a long list of other accomplishments.

    With their impending 50th anniversary in 2018, the Tannahill Weavers are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    Come and create things from space!   To celebrate Kitchen Zoo bringing Tin Foil Astronaut to the Witham why not join bring your little astronaut to create their own rocket, design a planet beyond Pluto or invent the uninvented?

    Anyone fancy a balloon powered rocket race to the moon?

    This workshop is aimed at approximately 3-11yrs but EVERYONE is welcome!

    Brought to us by Suitcase Studio

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. The Witham are delighted to welcome an ensemble of players to play a programme including  Brahms’ String Quintet No.1 in F

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    11:30 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child


    A co-commission by ARC, Queens Hall Hexham, and Arts Centre Washington. 
    On your marks... get set... BLAST OFF!

    Today is the day of the space race! A race to put the first human on the Moon! But our astronaut isn't quite like others, she's... different.

    Alba has been in training and she has even made her own rocket! But can she really power a rocket with crisps? What is past Pluto? Are there robots in Space? And will anyone ever listen to the smallest of space explorers? It's one small step for most astronauts, but one giant leap for little Alba!

     

    Join us for a surprising space race and see if Alba really can make it all the way to the moon.

    A cosmic adventure to outer space!

    A story of discovery, individuality and a celebration of differences for 3-7 year olds and their families.

    From the makers of The Owl and the Pussycat.

    A co-commission by ARC, Queen's Hall Hexham and Arts Centre Washington.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Performance recorded in HD from Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  Set in the idyllic 19th century Paris, La Bohème tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and a seamstress. But they are soon faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health which ends up putting their relationship to the test.

    This production of one of opera’s classic and unforgettable stories is led by a cast of four talented young artists as the lovers.

    Starring: Mariangela Sicilia and Hasmik Torosyan

    Conductor: Michele Mariotti

    Stage Director: Graham Vick

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 in advance

    Tight harmonies, killer songs, and a lot of fun!  Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014.

    Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. (“Songs for local heroes,” as one punter said.)

    Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

    Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

    But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

    Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

    Recently supported Fairport Convention!

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Presenting work by selected artists from TeesdaleArtNet.  Presenting work by selected artists from TeesdaleArtNet, the recently established network for all artists living or working in the dale.

    This is an exciting exhibition running alongside the inaugural TeesdaleArtNet Open Studios event featuring all aspects of visual art created locally.

    Closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.  Judy Dench stars in this compelling drama about the true story of Queen Victoria's unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 in advance

    Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jess and Richard Arrowsmit.  From deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to smashing concert appearances in the UK and abroad, Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people. All four are internationally renowned singers, instrumentalists, writer/composers and teachers and in 2017 they were proud to be named the new patrons of Whitby Folk week.

    Their latest album Dominion expands and strengthens the musical presence they first asserted with “Fifty Verses”, their 2014 BBC Folk Award-nominated debut CD.

    In concert, Melrose Quartet perform a diverse repertoire - carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern pieces written in celebration of everything from weddings & birthdays to issues that affect all of our 21st century lives. This is music for everybody.

    Melrose Quartet are known for their outstanding workshops ranging from harmony singing to accompaniment, and they also can offer The Melrose Ceilidh Band, with the addition of Nigel Holmes on Bass. This is a ceilidh with a difference, as the band use singing as well as instruments for the dance music, to great effect.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 age 16 and under, £10.00 age 11 and under

    Live Screening by the Royal Ballet.

    Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

    MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide

    What does it mean to be a man or a woman?

    Is gender innate or is it nurtured?

    Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on both sides of the gender fence, giving him the opportunity to notice what differences there are in how he is treated by society - what he gains and what he loses by becoming a man. However, his biggest challenge comes when he enters a male gym changing room for the first time and is confronted by masculinity in all its forms - the good, the bad and the ugly. What kind of man will he be when he finishes changing? With this refreshingly honest and irreverent physical theatre comedy by critically acclaimed company Rhum and Clay and darkly comic theatre writer and director Kit Redstone, they explore the epic path that we all have to take when trying to forge an identity.

    What kind of 'man' are you?

    Winner of the best theatre show award at the Pleasance 2017 & nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2017

    Multi-layered and gripping physical theatre piece. - Lyn Gardner

    Presented by Rhum and Clay

  • Tue
    08
    May
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Performance recorded in HD from Teatro Alla Scala.  Soprano Rosa Feola takes to the stage in this opera directed by Riccardo Chailly. Don Pasquale follows an old bachelor who decides to marry and produce an heir to spite his disobedient nephew Ernesto, who wants to marry for love rather than money. But Pasquale’s chosen bride isn’t who she seems and bears her own secret...

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Stage Director: Davide Livermore

    Starring: Ambrogio Maestri and Rosa Feola

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Shakespeare’s psychological thriller marks Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and Niamh Cusack’s return to the company.  Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. This contemporary production of Shakespeare's darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston's RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the company

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 advance

    Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track

    Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade - Dónal Lunny

    I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing - Christy Moore

    Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal -  Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

    A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right.

    After a promising debut album, The First Turn, back in 2009; Daoirí spent several years studying traditional music and performance at The University of Limerick. It was here that Fintan Vallely introduced him to the singing of the late Liam Weldon, an encounter that was to prove formative to his sound and his approach to folk song.

    Daoirí had cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, where he was spotted early on by Christy Moore, and at other sessions across the city, many of which he still visits.  Following his studies he quickly found work accompanying artists including Christy Moore himself, as well as a list of names that sounds like a who’s who of folk music: Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Alan Doherty, Danú, Dervish, Julie Fowlis, Arty McGlynn, The John Carty Big Band, Kíla, Sean Keane, Gerry O’Connor (Banjo), Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle), Lynched and more.  In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry, and in 2015 won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in Glasgow with the line-up FourWinds.

    Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight launched his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections.

    His determination not to put out another album until he was sure it was the best he could produce, means the long-awaited release of True Born Irishman in October 2016 was hugely anticipated.  And indeed when a stream of the album was accidentally leaked online for around an hour in July, it was being shared and tweeted about within minutes. The ten track album was recorded in Dublin across the first half of 2016 and was produced by Daoirí with Tony Byrne and Robbie Walsh.  It features contributions from, among others, Michael McGoldrick, and is dedicated to departed Irish traditional singer Liam Weldon.

    As the final touches were being made to the album, and as a relative unknown to the UK audience, in May 2016 he was invited to fly to Manchester to do a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. Two UK tours and UK festival dates followed in 2016 including Moseley Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast.

    Calls were coming in from across the world and dates were put in place in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Presented by award winning performance company, Curious Seed.  This internationally acclaimed production, Chalk About was created for young audiences aged 8+ and is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chalk, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for…

    Chalk About explores the nature of identity and asking some BIG questions.  What makes us who we are?  Is it where we are from?  Or how we talk?  Is it the way we dance?  Our pasts, our futures?  And, most importantly, doesn’t everyone like pizza?

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

    Award-winning performance company, Curious Seed, was formed in 2005 by Scottish choreographer, Christine Devaney.  Based in Edinburgh, we produce and present compelling, dance theatre work that questions the world we live in; work which touches and moves people, unlocking new ways of experiencing and feeling something different about the world.

    They collaborate with exceptional artists - musicians, actors, dancers, designers and video makers – to create emotionally charged performances that reach across ages and art forms, and to bring something unique to the dance landscape of Scotland.  Their work has been presented across the globe from Milan to Macao, New Zealand to Norway; appearing at prestigious international festivals and venues from Sadler’s Wells to Sydney Opera House.

    (For ages 8+)

    Chalk About was commissioned by Imaginate, supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Produced by Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in association with Tanzhaus NRW [Dusseldorf] and The Work Room [Glasgow]. Supported by Fresh Tracks Europe and Artspace.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£58.00

    Felt Art - a workshop of wild abandon…… Learn how to create stunning pieces of textural felt art in this fun and creative session using a wonderful selection of wool (including merino), silks and other fibres. You will come away with at least two pieces of work, where you will experiment and understand how fibres go together in the process of felt making.

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Presented by Luke Wright.  We all want something to believe in. It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and skuzzy indie stardom. But can he keep it all down?

    Following the multi-award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss, and belief, against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.

    Written and performed in deft verse by Fringe First & Stage Award for Acting Excellence winner, Luke Wright.

    With Frankie Vah, he’s managed to craft a gorgeously-worded powerhouse of a play, in one of the only verse dramas that could claim to get a crowd cheering and stamping their feet throughout. Again. ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

    This is a mature, lyrical and politically relevant piece of poetic writing … beautifully performed…  I watched and listened in awe and pleasure, just drinking, drinking, drinking in the beauty of this show. ★★★★★ Exeunt

    This isn’t just socialist agit-prop, though; it reaches far further than that. In his visceral, virile verse, Wright skewers the essential cadences of all political drama. ★★★★ The Stage

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Presented by Old Kent Road.  SEE THE SOUND. FEEL THE MOVEMENT.

    The show takes a journey through quintessential jazz, entangling movement within the graceful perspective of tap dance. Conversations of question and answer between soloists of the band and the performers expose emotions and trigger manoeuvres back and forth between each art form on stage.

    Led by a live musical force the show takes an experimental ride attempting to understand the journey of falling out of love. These fervent dancers find ways to uncover their passion, love for, and raw relationship with tap dance. Using the sparse setup of the wooden boards concealing how love can never be defined, Fall Out pushes the boundaries of strength and intensity through the bare sounds of music and dance, articulated through complex rhythms and spectacularly technical performance.

    Running time: 55 mins, no interval

    Age: All

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child, £20.00 family

    Enjoy how this much-loved picture book comes to life! Presented by New Perspective Theatre Company.  What a to-do!

    One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea...

    Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3-7 year olds and their families.

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.