Witham Hall Barnard Castle


The Town

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.

Features

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

Facilities

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  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Luminosity is the 2017 Highlights Rural Touring Craft Tour Exhibition that will visit The Witham for an extended period this year in order to accommodate a programme of exciting education and outreach activities.

    Luminosity is name given to the 2017 touring craft exhibition curated by the Highlights Rural Touring, based in Appleby, Cumbria. The exhibition comprises works by artists and makers who create work inspired by light. Touring around the region, the exhibition has been organised in association with Lumiere (Durham Festival of Light). This exciting exhibition and associated education and outreach programme of activities aims to delight, challenge, inspire and amaze audiences. Funding for the tour and outreach programme come from Arts Council England and other charitable trusts and foundations.

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    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 6 or under

    At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser... As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

    Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

    Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

    Approximate running time: 2 hour 50 minutes, including two intervals

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Create scary monster masks, lanterns, bats and more from up-cycled materials, all created especially to spook your friends.

    Join artist maker Kathryn Guy and get crafty for Halloween making masks, lanterns and bats from up-cycled materials.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Painter, author, tutor and illustrator, Linda Birch, M.S.I.A.D shares her fascinating tales from her varied and wonderful career - from working as a much-loved children's illustrator (Simon and the Witch, Jackanory, Bagpuss) to painting and tutoring today. Learn more about the stories behind the pictures and meet the artist herself. Includes a Q & A session.

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £22.00 family of 4

    Disney's 2017 live action re-telling of the classic animation, Beauty & the Beast refashions the characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience. The film stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

    "Beauty and the Beast review: Emma Watson dazzles in Disney's show-stopping chocolate box of a remake" The Telegraph ****

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In rural England, 1865, a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man begins a passionate affair with a man her own age.

    "Florence Pugh is lethally charismatic in William Oldroyd's daring journey into the darkest corners of the world of bonnets and bows." The Guardian

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The Castle Players present Peter Shaffer's ingenious comedy. When a couple throw a party to impress her father and gain the patronage of a billionaire art critic, they little expect the chaos that ensures.

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

    Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

    As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, a business owner reunites with his first love after a letter and a diary force him to confront the past.

    "An elegant adaption of Jullian Barnes's Booker prize-winning novel". The Guardian

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Fancy a homemade Christmas this year? This workshop will get you started with a whole host of fun and festive upcycling crafts to adorn your home and create gifts for friends and family. Work with designer maker Kathryn Guy to make this Christmas extra special.

  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    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.

    Come along, or browse the website, and see for yourselves 

  • 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
    10
    Nov
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

    So, come and give something new a go; make new friends and enjoy the benefits being creative can bring.

    Tickets are £15 and include materials to make a necklace.

    Please note refunds cannot be issued except in the case of the session being cancelled.

  • Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.

    Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling” – once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality. Each also an accomplished instrumentalist, many songs are expertly accompanied by a rich tapestry of Rowan’s fiddle, banjo and bansitar, Hazel’s harp and concertina and Hannah’s accordion and foot percussion.

    Since the release of their debut album in 2011, ‘Weave and Spin’ (named Album of the Week by the Independent newspaper), Lady Maisery have attracted substantial attention, including being nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and regularly appearing live on national radio. Their second album ‘Mayday’ (2013), a darker and more politically coloured record, cemented their growing reputation as a truly unique band on the English folk scene, with five star reviews from the likes of The Financial Times newspaper, music critics called it an album full of “ideas, purpose and urgency…powerful, enthralling work" (Songlines). Their much anticipated third album Cycle was released in October 2016 with a sell-out 23 date tour and more rave reviews from the national press. The Guardian called it "some of the most some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene".

    Supper Club Option at 6.30pm

    A chance to sit back and relax, enjoy a homemade meal and soak up the atmosphere before enjoying the evening's entertainment. £12 pp, including homemade supper, a drink and tasty little sweet.

    Tonight's dish: Mouthwatering Paella (vegetarian paella also available)

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    4:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Korky Paul, the energetic illustrator welcomes you to the wonderful world of Winnie the Witch! In this fast-paced, fun-filled reading aloud workshop, Korky demonstrates how to draw in a way that is colourful, witty, and animated. Magical things always happen when Korky puts his pens and paints to paper.

    For ages 5 - 11 years.

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    9:30 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Bring your class to meet Korky Paul, the lively illustrator of Winnie the Witch! In this fast-paced, fun-filled reading aloud workshop, Korky demonstrates how to draw for the children that is colourful, witty, energetic, and animated. Magical things always happen when Korky puts his pen to paper. For 5 - 11 year olds with group discounts and school staff come free!  Please contact The Witham about other workshop times throughout the day.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£65.00

    Spend a fun-filled day creating your very own hare sculpture for display in either your home or your garden.

    You will spend the first part of the day building the base structure of your hare, before learning fabric sculpting techniques which will allow you to 'dress' your hare in whatever style you choose. Once dressed and dried, you will use a dry brushing technique to colour your hare and enhance all of the fabulous textures of the fabrics.

    Your hare will be ready to take home at the end of the day but will need three weeks curing time before it can go outside and survive the British weather. Your hare will measure approximately 35-40cm tall.

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    'Unique handcrafted goods, direct from the maker.'

    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.

  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.

    Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

    Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

    Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The outstanding young talent of Ceara Sutton-Jones will perform a Violin Concerto by Saint Saens. The mighty violin skills of Nathan Barker will also be shown off in Danse Espagnole in D (Lamentation). Extracts from Dido and Aeneas make up the second half of the concert.

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands.

    Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements and you’ve got the award winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands. And they are Blazin’, in the past decade no other band has quite captured Scottish fiddle music’s variety, energy and sensitivity like Blazin’ Fiddles have. Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. Blending solo and ensemble sets, aged with the occasional insightful tale, they all come together in a fiery blend to excite your senses. From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan and Kristan Harvey are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on piano to deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all.

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    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 students, £5.00 under 16's, £22.00 family

    ‘We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the story of the Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike of 1976-78 and the inspirational strike-leader Jayaben Desai, one of many newly arrived British passport-holding Asian Gujurati workers expelled from Uganda and Tanzania in East Africa four years before.

    In 1976 a group of workers in a backstreet London factory, in Willesden, stood up to their bosses and kick-started one of the longest and most important industrial disputes in British history. Led by Asian women, the Grunwick strike challenged stereotypes, changed the face of traditionally white, male trade unions, and inspired others to speak out against injustice.

    Grunwick wasn’t just a strike about wages and conditions – it was about something much more important than that: it was about dignity. Dignity at work. These women had been employed by the Grunwick factory bosses in the belief that they would be easy to handle, to browbeat and to exploit. Yet, they found their own distinctive voice in the course of the struggle to secure their rights.

    The strike leader, Jayaben Desai had the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, when she told them: ‘What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!’

    Grunwick made history:

    1. it focused the issue of the exploitation of immigrant workers
    2. it nailed the myth that Asian workers were passive
    3. it showed how a section of totally unorganised workers, ignorant of trade unionism and insecure in a foreign land can develop militancy and attract huge solidarity
    4. it defined the trade union and political lives of tens of thousands from across the nation who came to the streets of Willesden to back the Grunwick workers.
    5. it showed too that all the forces of the state, the media, the police, the courts, employers, racial prejudice and women’s inequality can be swept aside by the freshness and dynamism of determined struggle.

    This is social history presented in Townsend Productions’ imaginative, particpatory, engaging style with songs and music of the 1970s.

    Grunwick still poses questions to today’s generation about the role in society of women, workers and immigrants. And the strike still carries a challenging message about the need for human dignity.  Brought to us by Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In 1947, British statesman Lord Mountbatten serves as India's last Viceroy and is charged with handing India back to it's people. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon.

    "An gripping political drama with a populist edge". The Guardian

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on door
    Come along and enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.  Sam is one half of one of The Witham's favourites The Hut People and plays music from all around the world as well as Appalachian Tap Dancing and Spoons Playing!   Sam does not play many solo concerts so this promises to be a lovely event.
    Sam will have spent the day working with local youth folk band Cream Tees, and these fantastic musicians will also be appearing in the concert as well as some other local artists.
    This is really an evening not to miss, and will include the intimacy of Sam playing solo coupled with Cream Tees and other special guests!
  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017
    5:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Handel's 'Messiah' comes to life on stage with conductor Simon Dearsley featuring Soprano: Philippa Dearsley, Alto: Tamsin Davidson and Bass: Neil Turnbull with the fantastic Barnard Castle Choral Society

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 6 and under £10.00

    The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King,  the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the  Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets,  where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to  a wonderful display of dances. Back home,  Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

    Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum  Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

    Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one interval.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

    1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

    Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

    New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

    Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

    Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00 in advance, £16.00 on the door

    Ross Wilson presents his Celtic lullabies and Caledonian Soul that are 'elegant, eloquent and immensely stirring'. AMPPICKER. Enjoy latest songs on the release of Ross's upcoming album, The Water of Leith.

    In the space of only a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”.

    The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.

    'GRATEFUL', the first single from the new album was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland for a full five weeks. Truly remarkable for an act without the backing of a label or a heavy management deal.

    Further praise has come from the most unexpected of quarters in Hollywood A-lister, Ewan McGregor. Ewan explained, “My uncle Denis Lawson, (star of Local Hero) gave me a copy of The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, it’s beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.”

    Performing live he is stunning, and this reputation led Edith Bowman to personally ask Ross to perform on the launch show of BBC At The Quay with Texas and Stornoway. Edith described Ross’ performance with a nine-piece band, including guest Karine Polwart, as “truly special and beautiful”.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

    So, come and give something new a go; make new friends and enjoy the benefits being creative can bring.

    Please note refunds cannot be issued except in the case of the session being cancelled.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In this Christmas Classic from 1947, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle claims to be Santa Claus and is institutionalised as insane. So, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer and a nostalgic nod to a much-loved film. Classic from 1947, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle claims to be Santa Claus and is institutionalised as insane. So, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer and a nostalgic nod to a much-loved film.

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    3:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Another performance at 7.30 pm

    Join The Castle Players for this traditional family treat. Scrooge is all about hoarding and keeping, but with mulled wine, mince pies, carol singers, and excited children, there's no escape from Christmas.

    Supper Club Option at 1.30pm and 6pm

    A chance to sit back and relax, enjoy a homemade meal and soak up the atmosphere before enjoying the evening's entertainment. £12 pp, including homemade supper, a drink and tasty little sweet.

    Tonight's dish: Pre-Christmas treat of Pie and Roast Vegetables for both the Matinee and evening performance.

  • Wed
    20
    Dec
    2017
    12:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Times to be arranged with schools

    The Holly and Ivy workshop is a concert lasting between 45 and 60 minutes, presenting songs, stories, dances and customs associated with Midwinter, Christmas and the New Year. It's lively, informal, participatory, and highly professional. It helps children and teachers gain deeper insights into the significance of many of our midwinter customs and traditions. Schools receive a detailed participatory letter and a teachers' notes pack, giving background information and words and music for some of the material.

    Workshops suitable for Primary aged children and open to whole school performances. Times to be arranged with schools.

  • Wed
    20
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The Holly and Ivy roadshow is a concert presenting songs, stories, dances and customs associated with midwinter, Christmas and the New Year. It's lively, informal, participatory and highly professional. With a special contribution from Teesdale's Cream Tees.