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

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  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£40.00

    Join local artist Ann Whitfield for a wonderful creative day drawing and painting! This is an Investing in the Witham event with all proceeds being donated to the appeal.

     This workshop will be suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. The emphasis will be on exploration and developing creativity. The day will begin with lots of drawing in a variety of media. Each participant will then have the opportunity to develop one or more of their drawings into a painting in the afternoon.

    All the materials you need will be provided, but if you have particular favourites, then feel free to bring them along. Lunch will be provided.

    'I run a regular workshop in my studio, and all the participants particularly value the emphasis on developing their own creativity and the freedom to explore new ideas'.  Ann Whitfield.

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019
    Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Keeping creativity alive. An exhibition exploring the idea that the artist’s career can be perused on minimal time each day, in harmony with life’s commitments. 

    All artists collaborating in this exhibition range in age, experience and technique but share one thing in common – creativity. It’s a quality that most of us possess, but do not always make time for.  From the 4th of January to the 2nd of February a number of artworks will be on show, from photography and sketches to oil paintings and portraits. An opening preview will be held on the 4th of January with an opportunity to talk to the artists about their work and making time for creativity means to them.   Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019
    2:00 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

    The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.

    Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a ""powerhouse"" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

    Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

    With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

    “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I.  Book Now.  It’s a hit” - The Times

    “We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!” - Daily Mail

    “Looks and sounds ravishing.  Complete rapture” - The Telegraph

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019
    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

    ‘The King of Waltz’ will bring his New Year’s concert, recorded live in Sydney, Australia, to millions of fans across the world. André Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall. Join the Maestro for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun, it promises a great start to the new year!

    Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema and hosted by ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy André’s annual Maastricht concert each July.

  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019
    Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
    19.00 to 21.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    A ten week introduction to contemporary poetry course presented by Judi Sutherland, a poet living and working in Barnard Castle.  We will take some poems apart to see how they work, and begin to build our own poems from what we learn. Bring a notebook and a pen!

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019
    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

    It’s September 5th, 1908 and the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts have come together to celebrate their silver wedding anniversaries. They were all married on the same day twenty-five years ago. Now, as respected pillars of their community, they face the ultimate embarrassment when they discover that the priest who officiated at their weddings was not licensed to conduct the ceremonies. Scandal looms as a drunken photographer, a housekeeper with an axe to grind, and the imminent arrival of the Mayor of Clecklewyke all threaten their collective respectabilities.

  • Tue
    15
    Jan
    2019
    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

    Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

    Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

    Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy. "

    cinemas. 

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you think

    Following a successful live theatre production at The Witham, audiences now have the chance to enjoy a screening of the filmed version, curated by local artists.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019
    3:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Managerdonations welcome

    HEDGE is FUN , FRESH and EXCITING, drawing in children and adults alike to experience a performance with a difference. Welcome to a story about bravery, in a world that is ever changing; exploring the story of a hedgehog waking up from hibernation and everything is not as it once was.

    HEDGE combines the magic of dance and puppetry to create a playful, friendly atmospheric performance space for young ones, where they will be encouraged to explore their space and be taken on the hedgehogs story as it discovers how to be brave.  Families of all ages can enjoy this performance. Expect to get involved, get attached, and see the world through tiny eyes!

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £16.00 in advance

    Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

    2018 saw him honoured with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK.

    He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

    Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

    A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he's a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

    Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”

    He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019
    1:30 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

    Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, enjoy this 1939 classical musical starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. This film launches The Witham's Accessible Screening of Classic films.

    When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019
    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

    In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge (superbly played by Emma Thompson) must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family's refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019
    11.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£3.00, age 18 and under FREE

    Turrets Youth Theatre and regional improvisation experts The Suggestibles invite you to join the Rat Race!  An inter-generational opportunity to develop your improvisation skills...

    Turrets Youth Theatre are working with The Suggestibles to host a series of 3 inter-generational improvisation workshops from Jan - March 2019, leading up to an improvisation showcased called "Rat Race".

    It'll be fun, funny, and fundamentally improvised! Two teams of improvisers in pursuit of the Golden Cheese. Falling over themselves and each other to entertain you in a relentless battle of games, sketches and songs. Inspired by your suggestions, they must work together to fulfil their ratty dreams.

    Who will be worthy of your applause? Your laughter? Your votes? Who will ultimately be crowned ‘Rat Supreme’? You decide!

    This is the first of three inter-generational improvisation workshops - the first two are open to all and the third is on Saturday 30th March to prepare for the the final public performance on Sunday 31st March. Funds raised will support for similar future Turrets endeavours.  You can book for the second workshop too.

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study

  • Tue
    29
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Local photographer David Williams talks about his coffee table book 'A Wild Life'.  This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going to the Investing in the Witham Appeal.  The bespoke coffee table book – “A Wild Life” – came about from a lucky accident of timing when the late Sir Anthony Milbank took a shortcut through the Witham Hall while I had a photographic exhibition taking place there. The resulting conversation led to a project that  lasted some 2.5 years.    This talk will cover various aspects of how this coffee table book came to be published.  While  including images from the book, it will also go “behind the scenes” for images that did not get  selected and briefly cover some technical aspects of its production.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019
    6:45 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love.

    From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.
    Music: Giuseppe Verdi
    Director: Richard Eyre
    Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
    Starring: Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry), Charles Castronovo (Alfredo Germont), Plácido Domingo (Giorgio Germont)
    Opera in three acts - approx. 215 minutes (including two intervals)

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019
    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

    I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

    Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

    What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

    Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£40.00 including lunch

    Aimed at teenagers and adults, this workshop is all about “New Beginnings”. Learn the technique of Gelli Plate mono printing. Gelli Plate Monoprinting in turn explores the use of colour and how it can affect how we feel.  Use mono prints to decorate a special box into which Positive Quotes, Secrets and Wishes can be stored. The session will enable participants to spend time thinking about themselves and to spend time creating which in turn can help with ones wellbeing.

    The session will begin with an explanation and demonstration of what we are going to create.

    There will be books to inspire and a few examples of books I have are:

    The Little Book of Happiness - Kim Quadrille

    Book of Positive Quotations - 365 quotes to guide you through the year - Linda Picone

    Greatest Inspirational Quotes - Joe Tichio

    Plus lots of positive quote and word cards.

     

    All the materials you need will be provided. Lunch will be provided.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019
    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.

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019
    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

    Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time - and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists.

    Many films have dealt with these later years - the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?  Somewhat overlooked, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements.

    Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso explores the influence of each on the artist, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods - the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period - the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a key painting in the history of art - Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.  It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old.  Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to such great heights.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019
    Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Stepping Out of the Box Exhibition. An original artistic exploration of masculinity, asking how gender stereotypes have shaped men and boys in the North East.  Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019
    10.30 - 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    A story of love, life and crime.  It is 1872 when Mary Watson leaves her childhood home to work at Springbank Farm. She soon meets a handsome farmer, Joe Milburn, and becomes infatuated with him, but is he the right man for her? What will her future hold? 

    Mary’s story is woven into a background of rural life and crime. What happens in this remote valley leaves the community reeling in shock and seeking justice.  Find yourself in the secluded valley of Weardale, on the wide open moors and in the deep mines of the North Pennines as this intriguing and dramatic story unfolds.

     

    Margaret Manchester lives in County Durham, England, with her husband and two sons. She was born in Weardale and spent her childhood there.  Her research into family history showed many branches of her family had lived and worked in the area for centuries, and this sparked her interest in local history.  Whilst she studied local history and archaeology, Margaret worked as a guide at Killhope Lead Mining Museum. She was awarded a Masters degree in Archaeology from the University of Durham and then taught archaeology, local history and genealogy. As well as writing, Margaret is managing director of a multiple award-winning business; she is the chair of a charity that supports industrial heritage; and she enjoys spending time in her garden with her dogs. Her first novel 'The Lead Miner's Daughter' was published in 2018.

    Review "An outstanding author whose debut novel The Lead Miner’s Daughter is the most authentic historical novel I’ve read in a long long time." - Phil Mews, Author.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019
    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

    For a stylish Valentine’s evening this year, come to The Witham to enjoy this screening of the 1961 American romantic comedy classic, loosely based on Truman Capote's novella of the same name. A trio of opera singers and an accordionist invite you to join them for a family-friendly, interactive retelling of Mozart’s magical fairy tale where nothing is quite as it first appears.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
    11:30 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, age 16 and under £5.00

    A trio of opera singers and an accordionist invite you to join them for a family-friendly, interactive retelling of Mozart’s magical fairy tale where nothing is quite as it first appears.

    As part of the show, you will be invited to take part in a creative arts experience beforehand. Not only will your creation feature in the performance, but you will also be able to take it home afterwards.

    Suitable for ages 4 and above, this is the perfect introduction to opera for all the family.

    11:30am – 12:00pm (workshop) / 12:15 – 13:45 (performance)

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In connection with the Men's Voices Exhibition, a thought-provoking Panel Talk discussion on how mental health can be affected by gender norms such as the term masculinity.

    Building on the exhibition theme, join us for a thought-provoking Panel Talk discussion on how mental health can be affected by gender norms such as the term masculinity. Or is mental health gender neutral? Speakers Professor Brendan Gough – who specialises in masculinity and its impact on men’s health and lifestyle - and best-selling author, award-winning mental health blogger, campaigner and keynote speaker Claire Eastham promise to bring interesting angles to the debate.

    Following the Panel Talk, Durham based Gong-Fu Poets founder, Tony Gadd hosts a creative writing workshop allowing you to explore your thoughts on gender norms in the North East.

    For more information on Men’s Voices: Stepping out of the box please visit www.changingrelations.co.uk

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.  Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.
    Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

    The Royal Ballet
    Choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    Arranged and orchestrated: Martin Yates

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019
    13.00 - 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£25.00 for four people

    Be like Maria in the Sound of Music and Come to make clothes out of curtains with Sewing teacher Dyane Turner. All materials provided and several patterns for simple items to choose from.  Make Clothes from Curtains – family sewing workshop.  Part of the Sing-a-long Sound of Music week at The Witham.  Recommended age 7 years +.   Cost £25 per machine (each ticket can admit up to 4 with a min. of one adult per group). Each group will make a min. of 2 garments.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019
    6:30 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

    This classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, complete with lyric subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Don’t forget to dress up as one of your favourite things!

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019
    11.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£3.00, age 18 and under FREE

    Turrets Youth Theatre and regional improvisation experts The Suggestibles invite you to join the Rat Race!  An inter-generational opportunity to develop your improvisation skills...

    Turrets Youth Theatre are working with The Suggestibles to host a series of 3 inter-generational improvisation workshops from Jan - March 2019, leading up to an improvisation showcased called "Rat Race".

    It'll be fun, funny, and fundamentally improvised! Two teams of improvisers in pursuit of the Golden Cheese. Falling over themselves and each other to entertain you in a relentless battle of games, sketches and songs. Inspired by your suggestions, they must work together to fulfil their ratty dreams.

    Who will be worthy of your applause? Your laughter? Your votes? Who will ultimately be crowned ‘Rat Supreme’? You decide!

    This is the first of three inter-generational improvisation workshops - the first two are open to all and the third is on Saturday 30th March to prepare for the the final public performance on Sunday 31st March. Funds raised will support for similar future Turrets endeavours.

  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019
    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

    It’s time to talk about the D word…The Death Show is a darkly comic journey of discovery and contemplation, exploring our universal relationships with death and dying. Why are we afraid of the inevitable? Why are we anxious about how we are remembered? Do we really need a tweet from the Dalai Lama to show the world we lived a good life?

    Drawn together by their shared fear of death, Birmingham based theatre makers and “thanatophobes” Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls, have had to come face to face with death in the making of this show; training with celebrants, shadowing undertakers, talking extensively with hospice patients, GPs and Palliative Care nurses.

    This show invites audiences to take time out to celebrate their own mortality. To laugh, cry, stick two fingers up at the grim reaper and discover why talking about death is ultimately life affirming. Through humour, conversation and reflection, The Death Show aims to encourage more people to think and talk about death, and looks to break down some of the taboos surrounding this universal subject matter. After all, everybody does it!

    The Death Show Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPOp1sBTQQM

    Website: www.thedeathshow.co.uk

    Twitter: @The_Death_Show

    Facebook: @thedeathshowbham

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    In our new exhibition we use a variety of media to represent our personal connection with the Dale, including people, places, plants and panoramas.

    In this new exhibition, members of the Art Society explore their thoughts and feelings about the Dale where we live, work and play, using a variety of media - watercolour, acrylic, pencil, fabric and felt. With pictures, decorated bags and stones, and multi media artefacts, the group has put together an exhibition showing different facets of the Dale, with individual impressions of living in our beautiful area.The artworks depict the plants and animals, the people, places  and panoramas of the Teesdale landscape.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    1:30 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 1942 classic in which Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). 

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    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

    Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10 in advance

    Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE best loved, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. “The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival

    Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

    This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

    Last year, The Hut People release their 4th studio album on the Fellside label entitled 'Routes'.

    They also supported award-winning trio The Young’uns on their 21-date nationwide tour – gaining a plethora of new fans up and down the country.

    Always rebooked and always talked incredibly highly of, we have no doubt The Hut People are one of the top-class, most-entertaining and musically brilliant acts on the circuit.

     

    ""Their own tunes are remarkable for their inspiration... Throughout, the music is full of life, designed to raise a smile"" RnR

    "There's so much going on that you hear something new each time it is played. Sam Pirt's accordion leads all the tunes, whilst percussionist extraordinaire Gary Hammond provides an amazing array of textures and colours. Routes certainly brightens up the dull grey days of winter, but will be just as good a listen for the rest of the year…Remarkable" THE LIVING TRADITIONYouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMWlCU2WpRU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMhRsoCjfrM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ZwCtq7pG4

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019
    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
    02
    Mar
    2019
    14.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Death Café provides a relaxed atmosphere (with tea/coffee and cake available from The Witham Café) in which to talk about death and dying. It aims to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”.

    The agenda is open: no speakers, no sales, no advice. Just bring your curiosity, questions, anxieties, experiences and let’s have interesting conversations! Facilitated by Tamara Bibby and hosted in The County Room at The Witham

    Death Café was founded by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz.

    For more information, please visit their website: www.deathcafe.com or see our Facebook page @deathcafebarnardcastle

    Death Cafe's will be held on Saturday 2nd March, Saturday 13th April and Saturday 11 May, 2pm - 4pm

    Price: Free (donations towards the cost of the room hire are welcome).

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£40.00 including lunch

    Join artist Sharon Loddey to create, and print from, your own Collagraph plate. Collagraphy is a really versatile printing process in which a textured plate is inked up and put through a press. Different textures hold varying amounts of ink and print different tones. Anything with a low relief texture can be stuck down and used: wallpaper, leaves, fabrics, tapes and threads etc. The collagraph plate is then varnished and can be printed intaglio or relief.

    Making a collograph plate is great fun and uses found materials. We will be using a method that utilises aluminium tape.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019
    10.30 - 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, age 16 and under £6.00

    A regular visitor to the North-East, prize-winning pianist Viv McLean returns to The Witham to give a recital including works by Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin. Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude ""Ich Ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ"" BMV. 639

    Beethoven Sonata in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 2 ""Moonlight""

    Sonata in A Flat Op. 110

    Chopin Nocturne in G Minor Op. 37 No. 1

    Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 31

    Nocturne in E Minor Op. 72 No. 1

    Polonaise in A Flat Op. 53

    Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00

    Tim Crouch’s ‘charged, hilarious’ and ‘downright joyous celebration’ of Shakespeare’s most pent up steward!  Recommended Age 10 + years

    I, Malvolio is the story of Twelfth Night told through the eyes of the play’s ‘notoriously wronged’ servant. In a story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, Malvolio draws his audience into the madness of Shakespeare’s play and makes it his own.

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£22.00, £20.00 in advance

    The Lindisfarne Story, celebrates one of the UK's most original and successful groups. Front-man Billy Mitchell and founder member Ray Laidlaw travel through the Geordie group's history from the 
    1960's to the present day via their classic songs, rare video, audio and photographs - tall tales and scurrilous gossip.

    THE LINDISFARNE STORY UK TOUR 2019
    'A Twist in the Tale'

    From Whitley Bay to 'Frisco Bay: The Lindisfarne Story. Don't miss it.
    “A fantastic night with The Lindisfarne Story. There are so many words to describe the show and you will feel many emotions with it. It is a real insight into the history of the band and the talented individuals that have forged many fantastic songs over five decades. It really is very special, catch it before it's gone.”

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019
    2:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, age 16 and under FREE

    An Investing in the Witham event

    Enjoy a fantastic day packed with Irish music, dancing and singing. There will be Irish music from brilliant folk bands High Force and Teesdale Folk. Irish dancers from the Tierney School of Irish Dance. There will be opportunities for jumping up and getting involved with a Ceilidh and rousing singalong to end the afternoon on a high.

    Doors will open 1.30pm and the event will run 2.15pm till 5pm, doors closing 6pm.

    The Café Bar will be serving traditional Irish food on the day and, naturally, Guinness will be the drink of the day!

     

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 in advance

    ‘Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection’ Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later...with Jools Holland

    and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Described as 'the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation' by Jon Boden (Remnant Kings, ex-Bellowhead),

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00

    Dad’s  Army  Radio  Show Based  on  the  classic  BBC  sitcom  by  Jimmy  Perry  and  David  Croft  Performed  by  David  Benson  and  Jack  Lane.  Two  actors  play  25  characters  in  this  brilliant  staging  of  three  classic  radio  episodes  based  on  favourite  scripts  from  the  original  TV  series.  Celebrating  50  years  of  Perry  and  Croft's  quintessential  sitcom,  which  won  the  Best  One-Liner  accolade  in  a  poll  of  comedians  conducted  by  Gold,  with  the  immortal  words  ""Don't  tell  him,  Pike"". Double  Fringe  First  Award  winner  David  Benson  (star  of  Think  No  Evil  Of  Us:  My  Life  With  Kenneth  Williams and  Boris:  World  King)  and  Jack  Lane  (Wisdom  Of  A  Fool)  present  a  selection  of  classic  radio  episodes  featuring  favourite  lines,  cherished  characters  and  great  feats  of  vocal  impersonation!

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019
    1:30 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

    Winner of 10 Academy Awards, West Side Story is a 1961 musical with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. 

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019
    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

    American musical romantic drama tells the tale of a hard-drinking musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer. Starring Bradly Cooper and Lady Gaga.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£20.00, £18.00 in advance

    Jean Genie performs an incredible tribute to David Bowie, complete with dazzling, flamboyant costumes and stunning effects. Critically acclaimed as the UK’s top Bowie tribute, you’d be forgiven for thinking you are seeing the man himself.

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019
    17.00 - 19.00Witham 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

    Turrets Youth Theatre and regional improvisation experts The Suggestibles invite you to join the Rat Race!  An inter-generational opportunity to develop your improvisation skills...

    Turrets Youth Theatre have been working with The Suggestibles and this is the performance!

    It'll be fun, funny, and fundamentally improvised! Two teams of improvisers in pursuit of the Golden Cheese. Falling over themselves and each other to entertain you in a relentless battle of games, sketches and songs. Inspired by your suggestions, they must work together to fulfil their ratty dreams.

    Who will be worthy of your applause? Your laughter? Your votes? Who will ultimately be crowned ‘Rat Supreme’? You decide!

    Funds raised will support for similar future Turrets endeavours.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019
    6:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier, in Verdi’s epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano

    Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019
    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

    Direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour.   

    Supported by Highlight Rural Touring Scheme. Written and performed by Apphia Campbell. Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs

    Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, ‘Black Is The Color Of My Voice’ follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

    ‘Campbell may wear Simone's trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.’  ★★★★ The Times

    ‘Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00,£13.00 in advance

    Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music.   Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives. Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences.

    Alongside  this,  both  women  are  also  skilled  multi-instrumentalists  and  expert  players  of  dance music,  using  fiddles,  melodeons,  concertina  and  cello  in  their  innate  drive  to  bring  old  dance music to life.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Eight artists from around the North-East exhibiting a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. Demonstrations and ‘Have-a-Go’ sessions each day.

    In the fortnight running up to the Designer Makers Market on Good Friday & Easter Saturday, eight of the artists taking part will exhibit their work in The Witham Gallery.

    The artists are all from the North East of England and will be exhibiting a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. Lampwork glass, ceramic wildlife sculpture, felt fibre art, pastel paintings, sea glass art, paper collage, lino-cut prints and textile art.

    Each day one of the artists will be in the gallery doing demonstrations or running 'have-a-go' sessions - keep an eye out on facebook for news of what's happening and when.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    This exhibition will be a display of young people’s photography featuring their views of Teesdale.

    The young people have been involved in a project to learn about their Teesdale; the heritage and landscape of their community. They have used photography as a tool in order to do this. Come and see their hard work in full glory at The Witham.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and  Monday.

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019
    2:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, age 16 and under £6.00

    The Aquarius String Quartet present a delightful mix of music from Purcell to present day via Haydn and Elgar with spoken introductions by the players.

    The Manchester based Aquarius Quartet  bring you a fascinating journey through the string quartet repertoire from the Baroque style of Henry Purcell to  an evocation of Bodnant Gardens composed by viola player, Adrienne Spilsbury. En route they will play you Haydn’s Quartet “The Bird”, and pieces by Elgar, John Ireland and Frank Bridge. The players will guide you along the way with spoken introductions to all the music.

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
    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

    Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.As You Like It

    Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy."This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

    Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

    Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, child £6.00

    On Easter Sunday 1722 a Dutch explorer arrived on the island with gigantic, unusual, carved sculptures. That island became known as Easter Island.

    Using a variety of waste materials you will be given the opportunity to re-purpose them in to create your own Easter Island inspired sculpture. How big is your head?

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, age 16 and under £5.00

    Chicken Licken: a TaleJam.  Meet the birds and join the band.  We’ll tell the tale with your helping hands. A musical storytelling experience for all the family telling an epic tale about the end of the world. But how the tale ends, we will let you unfurl. 3-8 years but everyone is welcome.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Tony Walsh is an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary talent and a remarkable story.  Overcoming childhood poverty and illness, then working everyday jobs in the communities of his beloved home city of Manchester, he has risen in recent years to become one of the UK’s most widely recognised and most in-demand professional poets. A regular on tv and radio since 2011, Tony performs and teaches internationally and his work has been commissioned by a growing list of major institutions, attracting a legion of fans and celebrity admirers. His work came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when broadcast globally from the vigil for victims of the arena bomb outrage in his beloved Manchester. His performance trended worldwide on social media and his poem, This Is The Place, entered the folklore and fabric of the city he’s still proud to call home – painted onto walls, recited in schools, re-mixed by DJs, even tattooed onto skin.

    This iconic performance, together with Tony’s spontaneous closing comment of “choose love, Manchester” was widely credited with helping to define the city’s notably defiant, compassionate and creative response to these terrible events. The poem has since been used and licensed to raise approaching £200,000 for the survivors of the bombing, the families of those who were killed and other grass-roots community causes.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019
    14.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Death Café provides a relaxed atmosphere (with tea/coffee and cake available from The Witham Café) in which to talk about death and dying. It aims to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”.

    The agenda is open: no speakers, no sales, no advice. Just bring your curiosity, questions, anxieties, experiences and let’s have interesting conversations! Facilitated by Tamara Bibby and hosted in The County Room at The Witham

    Death Café was founded by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz.

    For more information, please visit their website: www.deathcafe.com or see our Facebook page @deathcafebarnardcastle

    Death Cafe's will be held on Saturday 2nd March, Saturday 13th April and Saturday 11 May, 2pm - 4pm

    Price: Free (donations towards the cost of the room hire are welcome).

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£20.00, age 16 and under £17.00

    A sensational show celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons!

    Celebrating it’s 5th season here in Blackpool – this show is our most popular midweek production and appeals to a wide range of audiences and ages. Featuring the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! This is music with a broad appeal including 'Sherry' 'Beggin', 'Grease' and 'My Eyes Adored you' PLUS more music from the era – so no worries about individual taste or pleasing a big group."

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £5.00

    An evening of fun, laughter, music and verse for all ages hosted by Britain’s Got Talent’s Cal Halbert.  The line up includes Pellingmans' Saraband  - Jacob Heringman & Susanna Pell (world leaders in the music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque period), Jeshika Bassett (Popular music from Teesdale’s rising star), Dixon J Scott (original Country Music), D'ukes Of Scarth (Uptempo ukulele orchestra), Corner Boys (Blues classics and vintage rock and roll), Poetry for Pleasure (Original spoken word from a new Teesdale poetry and writing group) and Euphoria Choir - Upbeat choral versions of classic songs

  • Tue
    16
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£16.00, in advance £14.00

    Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. "Magnificent...a feast of imaginative music" The Telegraph

    "Gigspanner has taken traditional tunes as a starting point and rearranged, orchestrated and improvised around them to create fascinating new works, leaving no doubt that Gigspanner’s increasingly impressive sound is like no other"  Folk Radio UK

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
    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

    Join Suitcase Studio to create a silk painted Koinobori carp streamer to bring a good future for each maker

    These windsocks are traditionally flown in Japan for children’s day, with a carp to represent each member of the family. For this workshop we will be offering accompanying adults the opportunity to buy a ticket and join in the fun.

     

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
    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

    Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy."This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

    Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

    Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy. "

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019
    1:30 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

    Ground breaking classic 1945 British film directed by David Lean, screenplay by Noel Coward, which centres around the morals of a brief "real love" affair between a married woman Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) and her lover Dr Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard) on a train journey.

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019
    15.00 to 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Free watercolour taster session with local artist Chris Mouncey.  Come and meet Chris at the Witham where he will discuss his upcoming weekly two-hour watercolour painting sessions (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May and 6th June) and his watercolour painting tuition days (25th May, 22nd June and 7th July).  At the taster sessions Chris will give details of these events and demonstrate some simple watercolour painting techniques.  Take this opportunity to sign up for one of these classes. Contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019
    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

    MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN | Sing-Along.  Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.  You’re invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James, Andy Garcia and Oscar winner Cher.

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Two halls showcasing approximately thirty 'handpicked' designers, artists & craftspeople from around the region and beyond. Meet the makers and buy or commission handcrafted goods of gallery quality, with original work and a strong 'up-cycled' theme. Watch demonstrations and ‘have-a-go’.
    Admission is free but a donation to St Teresa's Hospice would be gratefully received.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Teesdale Art Net returns to The Witham with a fresh collection of work for 2019. Featuring new members, this diverse selling exhibition showcases the talent of artists living and working in Teesdale.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £3.00 age 16 and under

    Mortal Fools & Tyne Valley Youth Theatre present...'I Weigh', a brand new theatre show created by young people in response to the online ‘@i_weigh’ movement.

    The show is a fun and poignant journey through what it is like living in a world that places value on the superficial, distorts self-image and asks questions about the expectations that are placed on us every day.

    What can you really tell about someone from their Instagram feed? We tell the world we’re feeling #blessed, that we’re #livingourbestlives, and only here for the #goodvibes, but what do we do when we’re feeling anxious, uncomfortable, stressed or alone? In a world full of highs, we don’t know how to deal with the lows.

    I Weigh is a dynamic and thought-provoking show that explores what we are worth and how we can learn to value and accept ourselves and each other in today’s world.

  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019
    6:45 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s best-loved opera.

    There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019
    7:00 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

    ManHealth and The Witham join forces with the makers of Academy-Award-winning documentary Evelyn. Evelyn is a powerful story about a family bereaved by suicide. The film follows the family on a hike across the UK, and documents their bereavement process as three siblings confront a past they’d previously found hard to discuss, while repairing fractures in their own relationships. The beautiful film has Oscar-winning director, and Evelyn’s older brother, Orlando von Ensiedel, at the helm. “Suicide affects thousands of lives in the UK every year, and remains the single biggest killer of men under 49 In 2017 there were 4,383 male suicides in the UK. Awareness and the prominence of this issue is growing and we believe that’s partly down to projects like Evelyn that force us to confront a subject which we, as a society, shy away from. We’re proud to be working alongside the Evelyn team and we believe the film will help people tragically bereaved by suicide.” 

    ManHealth run peer support groups for men with Depression and other Mental Health conditions. The project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The groups are open to men affected by depression and other mental health conditions to share friendship and support. All ManHealth groups are run by men with lived experience of mental ill health. The groups are designed to provide an opportunity to meet new friends, helping to end the social stigma, and loneliness of mental ill health.

    All profits from ticket sales will go to support ManHealth.

    Running time: 90 mins with 10 mins extra footage from ManHealth

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019
    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 this funny and honest solo, Shane Shambhu combines Indian dance with amusing storytelling to lead audiences on a revealing journey of his life experiences. 

    From unlikely Indian dance student to “rude boy” to international performer.

    With his inimitable charm and wit, Shane will have you laughing out loud as he reveals his past through a vivid display of characters, lived experiences and comical stories, reflecting on how race, language, cultures and identity have defined him and his career.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10 in advance, £5.00 age 16 and under

    Baltic Crossing use their strong affinity for old dance music and respect for each others traditions to bring a new youthful energy to the folk music of Europe. Wherever they meet, at least one must cross the Baltic Sea. With award-winning members hailing from the UK, Finland and Denmark, Baltic Crossing bring you fiery Scandinavian fiddles, bubbling Northumbrian pipes and a driving guitar and double bass rhythm section. Baltic Crossing is:

    Ian Stephenson [UK]: guitar & button accordion

    Andy May [UK]: Northumbrian bagpipes & piano

    Esko Järvelä [FI]: five-stringed violin

    Antti Järvelä [FI]: mandolin & double bass

    Kristian Bugge [DK]: violin

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019
    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

    New Zealand’s Anne Chamberlain performs this inspiring new play about the courageous and visionary life of Eglantyne Jebb, the passionate social reformer, human rights pioneer and founder of Save the Children

    From her Shropshire childhood, she went on to Oxford University, Bloomsbury parties, heartbreak, suffrage rallies, spiritualism, the Balkans and arrest in Trafalgar Square.

    She drafted the Rights of the Child which evolved into the United Nations Convention. Eglantyne Jebb was one of the most influential, yet least known women of the 20th Century. This is her extraordinary story.

    “Outstanding performance, engaging and endearing, a great show” -TheReviewsHub.com

    Supported by Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    Julian Norton is the star of the popular Channel 5 Television series The Yorkshire Vet, the hit fly-on-the-wall documentary series that follows his work in and around the Yorkshire Moors and Dales.  Julian is also a best-selling Author of three titles ‘A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons’ and ‘Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet’, and his latest book ‘The Diary of Yorkshire Vet’ was published on 17 September 2018.

    In ‘An Evening With’ he will share amusing anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire.  These true stories bring to life the drama and humour in the daily routine of a rural vet.

    Join Julian for a fun and fascinating evening, sometimes sad, often funny, yet always warm and compassionate. This show is an inspiration for anyone who loves animals, with Julian’s passion and commitment always at the fore.

    The hilarious Yorkshire Poet, Writer & Performer - Kate Fox will be compering the show.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
    15.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Artist Chris Mouncey brings weekly two-hour watercolour painting sessions to learn some simple watercolour painting techniques and enjoy honing your skills.

    Chris is also holding 3 watercolour painting tuition days (25th May, 22nd June and 27th July).

    To sign up for one of these classes, contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    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 their 30th year Musicians Unlimited has twenty regular members and play music spanning from Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Count Basie to Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bubble. In 1997, they won the prestigious gold award in the Boosey and Hawkes national big band competition. They have 4 albums out, with the last one raising over £15,000 for the Charity ‘Support Your Bowel’ in 2012.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    14.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Death Café provides a relaxed atmosphere (with tea/coffee and cake available from The Witham Café) in which to talk about death and dying. It aims to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”.

    The agenda is open: no speakers, no sales, no advice. Just bring your curiosity, questions, anxieties, experiences and let’s have interesting conversations! Facilitated by Tamara Bibby and hosted in The County Room at The Witham

    Death Café was founded by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz.

    For more information, please visit their website: www.deathcafe.com or see our Facebook page @deathcafebarnardcastle

    Death Cafe's will be held on Saturday 2nd March, Saturday 13th April and Saturday 11 May, 2pm - 4pm

    Price: Free (donations towards the cost of the room hire are welcome).

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Henry King Spark was a megalomaniac maverick businessman who started his career 150 years ago as a printer in Barnard Castle before making the coal deal of his life. With the proceeds, he bought a mansion, a railway, a newspaper and some mines and then he took on the ruling elite of Darlington, promising the working man that he would drain the swamp of the Quakers. He successfully forced the formation of the town’s first democratic council and then its own MP, but his attempts to seize power for himself were thwarted by the desperate Pease Party’s underhand – even despicable – tactics. Beaten, broken and bankrupt, he was booted out of Darlo in 1880, and spent his last decades quietly rehabilitating himself in Barney where he became a vice-president of the Mechanics Institute – which, of course, is now the Witham Hall.

    Chris Lloyd is the chief feature writer of The Northern Echo and Darlington & Stockton Times, where he writes mainly about local history and local politics. A former North-East Journalist of the Year, he is the author of ten books and regularly appears on radio and television.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    15.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Artist Chris Mouncey brings weekly two-hour watercolour painting sessions to learn some simple watercolour painting techniques and enjoy honing your skills.

    Chris is also holding 3 watercolour painting tuition days (25th May, 22nd June and 27th July).

    To sign up for one of these classes, contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Two recent works and one world premiere showcase the contemporary face of The Royal Ballet.  The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
    Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui | Crystal Pite
    Music: Ezio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi | TBC | Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
    Three ballets - approx. 195 minutes (including two intervals)

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£19.00, age 16 and under £17.00

    After the recent box office smash Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen of Rock takes you on a journey through the headline hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen

    This is a unique, original show, performed by an extremely talented cast of 10. In the ever-competitive ‘Queen’ market there is usually a frontman with a band – this show takes a different take on the music and explores the intricate harmonies and sounds Queen were known for.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £16.00 age 16 and under

    RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide.

    Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just  their  fiddles,  they  weave  a  tapestry  of  melodies,  textures,  layers  and  sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for.

  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019
    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

    Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

    All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    15.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Artist Chris Mouncey brings weekly two-hour watercolour painting sessions to learn some simple watercolour painting techniques and enjoy honing your skills.

    Chris is also holding 3 watercolour painting tuition days (25th May, 22nd June and 27th July).

    To sign up for one of these classes, contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£4.00, age 16 and under £2.00

    Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£45.00

    Artist Chris Mouncey offers you the chance to enjoy a day painting on location around the Market Cross, with The Witham as your base.

    Chris is also holding 2 more watercolour painting tuition days on 22nd June down by the river Tees and 27th July by the castle.

    To sign up for one of these classes, contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    10.30 - 12.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00, family £5.00

    Part of The Meet Weekend and #DementiaActionWeek, The Witham and Dementia Friendly Community Group have joined forces to run a traditional games session.  Complete the 10 game challenge! There will be prizes for the winner in each age group.  £2 entry fee, £5 for a family (admits 4) to support the Alzheimer's Society.  No need to book, just come along and enjoy!  Please invite friends who might be interested and spread the word. The Witham are providing free squash and biscuits for kids.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE though donations would be very welcome

    The Acoustic Café gives local musicians the chance to play on the balcony in the Café and our visitors the opportunity to enjoy some great live music.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019
    15.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Artist Chris Mouncey brings weekly two-hour watercolour painting sessions to learn some simple watercolour painting techniques and enjoy honing your skills.

    Chris is also holding 3 watercolour painting tuition days (25th May, 22nd June and 27th July).

    To sign up for one of these classes, contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, age 16 and under £6.00

    Presented by Fidget Theatre in association with LittleMighty . Billy and Bo are best of brothers. They both have big hair. Bird’s Nest Hair! One day Bo starts school and Billy has no-one to play with. Suddenly a magical bird chirps out of his curly, bird’s nest hair. The bird grants him three wishes.

    Fidget Theatre brings Billy’s fantastical wishes to life with their trademark wit and warmth, blending imaginative storytelling, puppetry and playful audience interaction. Bird’s Nest Billy is an adventurous, playful show for 3-7 year olds and their grown-ups.  Written & Directed by Ruth Cooper and Andrea Heaton.  Designed by Emma Williams.  Sound Design by Ed Heaton.  Lighting Design by Charlotte Woods.  Technical Stage Manager Kayleigh Chapman

    www.fidgettheatre.com

    Twitter: @fidgettheatre

    FB: /FidgetTheatre

    Insta: fidgettheatrecompany

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019
    Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Artists Brian Lavery, David Foster and Michael Horner invite you to enjoy their interpretations using a variety of media depicting doors, wildlife, international scenery, people and story telling.   Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

     

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019
    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

    "I envy the Japanese" Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.  In the exhibition on which this film is based - VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.

    Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find - the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

    Directed by David Bickerstaff

    Running time: Approx. 85 mins

  • Wed
    05
    Jun
    2019
    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

    In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019
    15.00 - 17.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Artist Chris Mouncey brings weekly two-hour watercolour painting sessions to learn some simple watercolour painting techniques and enjoy honing your skills.

    Chris is also holding 3 watercolour painting tuition days (25th May, 22nd June and 27th July).

    To sign up for one of these classes, contact Chris on info@chrismouncey.co.uk or call 07443 415827.

    All abilities welcome!

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019
    7:00 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

    'Dispatches on The Red Dress' is a deeply connecting musical essay, uniquely presented in song, poetry, fiddle music and storytelling by twice-BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, Rowan Rheingans. As a testimony to Rowan's reputation as one of the foremost composers and innovators on today's folk scene, this project has been funded by grants from Arts Council England, PRS Women Make Music and the EDFSS. 

    The show centres around Rowan's German grandmother's stories from her childhood under the Nazi regime, using one true story to explore a rich tapestry of themes including: memory, trauma-recovery, waltzes, fascism, history, handicraft, identity, folk-song and bird-song, family and war. It is at once an urgent and very relevant anti-war piece, which questions our collective handling of 'dark histories' in the present day political climate, as well as an uplifting and poignant celebration of small acts of resistance, transformation, human empathy and hope. 

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£23.00, £21.00 in advance

    Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice"

    .Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album ""Wanderer"" which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to theirimpassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    Romeo and Juliet
    Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece. Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

    Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

    Music: Sergei Prokofiev

    Approx. 195 minutes (including two intervals)

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019
    6:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Philippa teaches singing at Barnard Castle School, she teaches students explore every type of genre, from Classical to Music Theatre to Jazz and Pop. This evening you will hear her students perform their favourite songs from all these various genres.

  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The Reg Vardy Band are renowned for high quality concerts of new music alongside the more traditional brass band repertoire.

  • Thu
    20
    Jun
    2019
    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

    Queen Anne occupies the throne, England is at war with the French, nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.  Stars Olivia Coleman in this Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning role alongside Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    Dance the night away in 40s style - bring your friends to enjoy swinging music from Damaris Jean and Ragtime Rewind Vintage Swing Band.  £15 | includes a ration style lunchbox

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019
    11:30 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00, child £3.00

    Get ready for an exciting musical adventure with Opera North based on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic, Alice in Wonderland.

    Join us on a multi-sensory journey in The Witham room, packed full of live instrumental music, singing and a whole heap of fun!
    This is sure to be a fantastic opportunity for children aged 0-4 and their families to experience live music, explore weird and wonderful characters, learn new songs, and maybe sing some that you already know!
    £6 per person (adults and first child)
    £3 per extra sibling
    Babes-in-arms free of charge

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019
    5:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Join us for an inspirational evening of music making as pupils from Barnard Castle & Bishop Auckland join forces to perform a new commission piece Wonderland Restored written by composer Will Todd and based upon his opera Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. School children will be performing as part of a choir, accompanied by members of the Chorus of Opera North and an Alice soloist/narrator.

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019
    6:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Andy Yeadons Rock and pop
    Andy Yeadon teaches piano, drums and guitar at Barnard Castle School.  This evening you will have the opportunity to hear his talented students display their musical abilities as singers, pianists, drummers and  singer songwriters.

  • Thu
    27
    Jun
    2019
    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

    Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

    Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE though donations would be very welcome

    The Acoustic Café gives local musicians the chance to play on the balcony in the Café and our visitors the opportunity to enjoy some great live music.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Big Band Theory offer an exciting new blend of big band tradition and pop hits.  Based in Leeds, directed by Edd Maughan, this 15-strong line up of twenty- and thirty-somethings are high-quality musicians from across the North of England united by their enthusiasm for making music together.  Making their debut performance at The Witham, they are excited to bring their music to a new audience and to support The Witham’s ongoing fundraising campaign.  Maughan’s bespoke arrangements for the band are new and innovative; expect hits by Arctic Monkeys, Fall Out Boy, Oasis and Calvin Harris – as you’ve never heard them before!  Dancing shoes optional.

    “The guys really play and move together. Immediately I’m smiling – this is what it’s all about”  (Paul Jones, Adjudicator, The Great North Big Band Festival)

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019
    Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Sixth formers from Barnard Castle School share their A Level art in the Witham Gallery.  Enjoy a variety of two and three dimensional work produced by the Upper Sixth students for their Pre-U Art & Design course.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£7.00, age 16 and under £4.00, family £20.00

    Sixth formers from Barnard Castle School share their A Level art in the Witham Gallery.  Enjoy a variety of two and three dimensional work produced by the Upper Sixth students for their Pre-U Art & Design course.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£3.00

    Grace Notes musicians are delighted to present an afternoon of music on Saturday July 6th in the Witham Room, 2-4pm.  With all local musicians (old and young) there will be a variety of styles and instruments, ensuring an element of interest to all.  This is an acoustic event with the focus on music and people, rather than electronics.  Feel free to sing along where appropriate or just sit back and enjoy.  Our aim is to leave the audience feeling relaxed and happy.  All performers are giving their time free of charge, so all proceeds will go directly to The Witham.

  • Wed
    10
    Jul
    2019
    Sat
    13
    Jul
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00 - £15.00

    Also matinee on Saturday.

    One of the leading non-professional theatre groups in the North East, The Castle Players have been providing theatrical entertainment since 1986. Based in the glorious market town of Barnard Castle, they have a yearly Summer production which is always outdoors (whatever the weather!) in the grounds of the Bowes Museum. This year presents the wonderful world of Alice In Wonderland from Wednesday 10th July to Saturday 13th July 2019. Evening performances start at 7.30pm and this year a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

    There is a 30-minute approx. interval at each performance, with expected finishing time for the evening performances being 10pm and 5pm for the matinee.

    On site catering will be available from the Mad Hatters Tea Room. Bar available from Caps Off from Bishop Auckland, Ice Cream from Chocolate Fayre and sweet treats from Sugarmouse.

    Any tickets still available can be purchased from the on-site box office from 6pm on each performance night.

  • Thu
    11
    Jul
    2019
    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

    America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

    Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons. Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).

  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2019
    10.00 to 12.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Join dance teacher Joyce Jeffrey for a ballet class inspired by Swan Lake. Come and learn some ballet moves inspired by Swan Lake. This class won't be focused closely on technique but will give you a taster of ballet. Open to everyone from beginners to more experienced dancers.

    Joyce teaches the popular weekly class, Silver Swans, at The Witham.

    Come to enjoy the screening of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at The Witham on Wednesday 17 July at 7pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jul
    2019
    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

    America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

    Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons. Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).

  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2019
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at The Witham, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather

  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    In song and poetry, gardens have been celebrated through the ages as places for love, romance and reflection.  From Renaissance madrigals, to German Romantics, to the great flowering of English song in the twentieth century, young singers from Samling Academy with Samling Artist pianist Ian Tindale present a programme of song and poetry inspired by the language of flowers.

    Samling Academy nurtures the next generation of classical musicians in the North East giving them high-level coaching and performance opportunities. Their year of work comes to fruition in this summer concert celebrating the growth and blossoming of young talent.

  • Wed
    24
    Jul
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00

    Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and a Sunday Times bestselling author.  Amanda’s first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess from 2014 offers an inspiring account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. Her second book A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess made it to number 2 in the bestsellers charts. Amanda has also appeared on Countrywise (ITV), The Dales (ITV) and Ben Fogle’s New Lives In The Wild (C5).

  • Thu
    25
    Jul
    2019
    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

    Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly inhabit the suits of two of the funniest icons ever to grace the silver screen. This heart-warming tale tells the story of the double acts triumphant farewell tour. 
    Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly inhabit the suits of two of the funniest icons ever to grace the silver screen. This heart-warming tale tells the story of the double acts triumphant farewell tour.

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at The Witham, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Crafts inspired by Jack and his bean-growing talents! Fee Fi Fo
    Fum!

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, child £6.00, family £22.00

    Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come!  Lyngo Theatre  presents JACK AND THE BEANSTALK By Marcello Chiarenza Adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch Music by Carlo 'Cialdo' Capelli Design assistant Elena Marini Ages 3+.  This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion!

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE though donations would be very welcome

    The Acoustic Café gives local musicians the chance to play on the balcony in the Café and our visitors the opportunity to enjoy some great live music.

  • Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019
    3:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, age 16 and under £12.00

    For 2019 André is asking Shall We Dance? as he invites you to join him in the comfort of your local cinema, welcoming you into the beautiful and historic town that holds such special memories for both André and his fans throughout the world. Performing live from the stunning medieval town square, André is accompanied by his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he has travelled the world with for over 30 years, as well as a cast of over 100 dancers.  Andre commented, “Once again I am delighted to welcome fans from across the UK into my hometown of Maastricht, through their cinema screens in 2019! It is a magical way of seeing what for me every year is a wonderful occasion! This year will be extra special – performing the music of my heart: the Waltz. Come and join us for “The Beautiful Blue Danube” and many more surprises, some of which we will reveal during the next weeks to come! I want to see everyone waltzing in the cinema aisles!”

  • Wed
    31
    Jul
    2019
    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

    "To whom should I complain?"  When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production."

  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at The Witham, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather

  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Alien Antics
    Let’s go on a space adventure and make crafts inspired by aliens!

  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at The Witham, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Smartest Giant in Town
    Read Julia Donaldson’s tale and make crafts inspired by the tale. Where: The Witham (with visit to Library)

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019
    1:30 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

    Mary Poppins
    The practically perfect nanny returns, using her magical skills to help bring joy and wonder back to the Banks family.

    Emily Blunt stars in this delightful musical with a star-studded cast.

  • Mon
    12
    Aug
    2019
    Fri
    23
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£25.00 per day

    We are delighted to present the Barnard Castle Holiday Club – a fortnight of exciting activities from Monday 12 August to Friday 23 August. The Bowes Museum, TCR Hub and The Witham have teamed up to not only offer a childcare solution for working families but also exciting days of activities for those who are  8+ years to enjoy.  Price: £25.00 per day, £28.50 with lunch, siblings and multiple bookings £20.00 per day, £23.50 with lunch.

    You can book into as many or few days as you like – just read on to explore what’s available and book into the days that take your fancy. There is a £5.00 discount for siblings and children attending multiple sessions, please select the appropriate option when booking. If you are booking multiple sessions, you may find it easier to book by phone by calling 01833 690606. Please carefully note the venue(s) at which you are booking a place as this is where the day's activity will take place.

    These activities are all lead by professionals with all the necessary security checks and adults are not required!

    Places are limited so early booking is recommended by clicking on the dates you would like to attend.

    12, 13, & 14 August, 9.30–4.00, Turrets Takeover! @ The Witham

    A fun-packed day of drama games, singing and movement. Enjoy playing and creating theatre with a short session for parents at the end of each day.

    15, 20 & 22 August, 8.30 - 5.00, The Bowes Museum

    3 days of arts and crafts, have a go at printing, painting and sculpture and get a Discover Arts Award. Get creative with LEGO® and find out about the Museum.

    16, 19, 21 & 23 August, 10.00–3.00, The Hub

    Help design and paint a bright, inspiring permanent piece of art at TCR Hub. Join local artist Holly M Scott and help create a striking mural to adorn the walls of the workshop area. Over the course of 3 sessions we will work collaboratively studying colour theory and geometric design, developing our ideas and painting the final design.

  • Wed
    14
    Aug
    2019
    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

    by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
    directed by Sam Mendes

    The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

    On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.
    This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be filmed live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at The Witham, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Dragons and Dinosaurs
    Let’s read about really large creatures and do dragon and dinosaur crafting!

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019
    1:30 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

    It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.  In celebration of the Lego Exhibition at Bowes Museum, come to enjoy the film on the Big Screen in Barney.

  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at The Witham, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather

  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Grease is the word!
    Make things inspired by Grease & sing along to the film that afternoon!

  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2019
    1:30 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

    Join us for one of the greatest musicals of all time...... Grease IS the word!  Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of "Grease," the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?

    Dress up and sing out loud to your hearts content!

  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Horrid Henry’s Hullabaloo
    Games and crafts inspired by Horrid Henry. Where: The Witham (with visit to Library)

  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2019
    6:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£13.00

    With fantastic live music and an awesome atmosphere in The Witham which is located in the centre of Barnard Castle., our debut event at this venue will raise the bar for gin festivals.

    Your ticket price includes:

    Entry to the Festival

    Limited edition, unique Mr Foxx’s Gin Fest gin glass

    3 Gin Tokens ( with selected package)

    Gin notepad and pen

    Exclusive live entertainment with resident guest DJ

    Photo wall….and more.

    What can you expect?

    In the spacious surroundings of The Witham our festival will showcase lesser known, small batch gin producers alongside bigger, more familiar names, with samples for you to taste. Our special Festival Guide will provide information on each of our producers.

    After your three inclusive Gins, a single 25ml gin served with its paired garnish and Fever-tree mixer will be £5 from our bespoke Gin Bar. Operating on a token basis, these can be purchased from our dedicated stand (cash and cards accepted).

    Choose from our hand-picked selection of gins, perfectly served in your own Mr Foxx glass to enjoy at the festival. Before you leave, purchase your favourites from our try-and-buy bar to take home.

    Designated driver or non-gin drinker? Don’t worry, we offer a non-gin ticket option which includes entry, entertainment and full access to the regular bar. (Tickets are limited so don’t delay.)

    Food will be available throughout the evening.

    Supported by Fever-tree Mixers.

    Over 18s only: ID will be required.

    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

     

  • Tue
    03
    Sep
    2019
    Sat
    07
    Sep
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    This exhibition is a celebration of the Durham County Council Environmental awards, in advance of the awards ceremony 2019.  The Gallery is usually closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Sat
    07
    Sep
    2019
    10.00 - 11.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Mad Hats and Masks
    Let’s decorate our heads with a hat or a mask from your imagination!

  • Sat
    07
    Sep
    2019
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2019
    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

    On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.  The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.

    ‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.’

    With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019
    Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The Witham today is a thriving centre for the arts, creativity and business. Based on research in the archives and displaying a wealth of photographs and documentary material, this exhibition traces the Witham’s history from its foundation in the 1840s as a Dispensary, Mechanics’ Institution and Library serving the working poor of Teesdale.

    Beginning with the remarkable philanthropy of the founders, Henry Witham and a group of local gentry, we follow its vigorous growth and expansion through the 1800s and 1900s, to its eventual flowering as the region’s main venue for cultural and social events.

    This exhibition runs from Thursday 12 to Saturday 28 Sept and will usually be closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019
    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 creator of the hit show Black Is The Color Of My Voice come a new story about the 20th Century African American experience.  Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues, two women, 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights.

    One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, Ambrosia a present-day university student enrolling as the 2014 Ferguson riots begin. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalized through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?

    Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for it’s premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

    Age recommendation 12 +

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2019
    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 in advance

    It is said that a change is as good as a rest, and for Katie Doherty it is both a rest, and a change, that provide the backdrop to her latest album 'And Then'  Back in 2007, Doherty became an award-winning songwriter, and released her debut solo album Bridges to much acclaim - including airplay from BBC Radio 2 - leading her to share stages with the likes of Karine Polwart, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Ray Davies. Life however - as it has a habit of doing - got in the way, putting the brakes for the moment on a soaring trajectory.

    It was after the success of November Club’s rural touring musical Beyond The End of the Road, for which Katie composed the score, that a spark was ignited and The Navigators emerged. Shona Mooney on fiddle and vocals (The Shee, former BBC Radio Scotlands Young Traditional Musician of the year)and Dave Gray on melodeon and vocals (Världens Band) elevate Katie’s songs, and the trio often sound much bigger than a three.

    It perhaps should not be a huge surprise then that much of Doherty’s new album is rooted in her keen observation of the concept of change. Whether the focus be on the changing seasons, life circumstances, the passage of time, or the shifting of social attitudes and behaviour, on And Then we see Doherty shine a light on how it feels to be part of a world that can be hard

    “Hers is an ascent worth following… and then some.” - Folk Radio

    “And Then is a timely interval, a brief moment if respite, an oasis of tranquility…thankfully there are those in the world who have the foresight to take stock and recognise whats important” FATEA Magazine

    “Real life has rarely sounded as good.” - NARK Magazine

    “This is lovely!” - Mark Radcliffe

    “And Then is poetic, original and brings a traditional folk style into the 21st Century” - Maverick Magazine

    “And Then, well, play it again. It’s an album of great musicianship to bring you joy and was well worth waiting for” - ArtsDesk.com"

  • Wed
    18
    Sep
    2019
    14.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    2 pm - 3.30 pm, third Wednesday of the month (18 Sept, 16 Oct, 20 Nov, 18 Dec)

    Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is the most accessible form of music making. It can also play a vital role in improving our health, well-being and social life.

    If you are 55+ come along to our monthly singing session led by local musician and singing teacher Jane Ford.
    A relaxed, fun atmosphere is guaranteed. Absolutely no experience required.

    The cost of these sessions is only £2 and we will supply a hot drink for participants. It is not necessary to pre-book this event. However, if you are planning on joining us, click through to confirm as this will help give us an idea of numbers.
    3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm, the Witham Room

  • Wed
    18
    Sep
    2019
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Phil Mews grew up on his family farm in Stanhope in the 1970s with his parents and two brothers.
    When he was seven years old, Phil lost both of his parents in a ten week period and was subsequently sent to Barnard Castle School where he remained as a boarder for ten years.
    Orphan Boys tells the story of Phil’s childhood on the farm, the events surrounding the death of his parents and chronicles the subsequent years that he spent as a pupil at Barney. Phil has spent the last twenty years in television production working alongside Barbara Windsor, Liza Minelli and Graham Norton and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2005 as part of the production team for the BBC’s Days That Shook The World series.
    Phil has also presented from the red carpet at the BAFTAs for Channel 4 interviewing a number of Hollywood A List stars. After twenty five years away, Phil has recently returned to live in Weardale.

  • Thu
    19
    Sep
    2019
    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 film club members or age 16 and under

    A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy).

    He becomes the ultimate fish out of water as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

    Fisherman’s Friends was shot on location in Cornwall and comes from director Chris Foggin (KIDS IN LOVE) with a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft (FINDING YOUR FEET), Meg Leonard (FINDING YOUR FEET) and Piers Ashworth (ST.TRINIAN’S).

    Running time: 112 mins

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019
    11.00 to 11.45Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    What sound does an elephant make? Or a tortoise? Or a kangaroo?
    Join the fabulous players of the Orchestra of Opera North for this relaxed concert for babies, young children and their families where moving around and responding naturally to the music is actively encouraged.
    During this magical interactive event, you will go on a unique journey with your child as you experience the wonderful music of Sans-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals really close up.

    Recommended age: 0 – 4 years
    Running time: 45 minutes

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019
    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

    by Richard Bean
    based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding

    Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
    Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

    12A
    Running time: 210 minutes

  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    It’s a warm Summer’s day in the local graveyard. Hassan and Jake are skipping school and shooting the breeze, while Sheila and Joanne are tracing a shared history among the headstones. The trees are in leaf and the wildflowers bloom, while in the distance a light aircraft draws ever closer through the clouds. Unknown to all of them, terror is lurking in the sky.  Join storyteller Matthew Bellwood for a new show about society, friendship and the things we hold dear about the places where we live. Thoughtful, intriguing and filled with warmth and humour, ‘Terror From The Skies’ asks important questions about how much those in power know, or care, about our communities.

  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019
    2:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE though donations would be very welcome

    The Acoustic Café gives local musicians the chance to play on the balcony in the Café and our visitors the opportunity to enjoy some great live music

  • Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019
    2:30 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

    Early music specialists, Pellingmans’ Saraband, present a concert of Division-Musick; a vibrant and virtuosic glimpse of music making in England from the time of Shakespeare to the reign of Charles II.

    The art of ‘dividing’ upon a ground bass, or playing ‘divisions’, was the Renaissance and Baroque equivalent of our modern jazz tradition.

    Skilled musicians, both amateur and professional, would improvise upon a fixed repeated harmonic sequence (the ‘ground’), often with astonishing inventiveness and virtuosity.

    ‘This is very much the home patch for Pellingmans’ Saraband, and these solos and duos are performed with the heavenly mixture and aplomb and breeziness that is such a trademark of these musicians. The arrangements are intelligent, the playing crisp and inventive and it is difficult not to be swept away by the seductive charm of their sound.’ (Review, The Viol)

    Part of The Witham’s Sunday Afternoon recital season

  • Tue
    01
    Oct
    2019
    Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The rocks beneath our feet shape the landscape around us, and in the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark they tell a story spanning 500 million years.

    See the work of the latest photographers to be inspired by this landscape. This is an exhibition of the top entries into the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s 2019 Framing the Land photography competition. The programme is supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Thu
    03
    Oct
    2019
    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

    Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new play. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is ‘pure, unadulterated theatre’ (★★★★★ Broadway World) performed by a talented ensemble cast. A celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, this colourful all-singing and dancing show takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

    Filmed live at York Theatre Royal in March 2019
    ★★★★★ ‘Fantastic. Life-enhancing, brilliantly uninhibited, all-singing and dancing… Stars? I’m not sure why you would stop at five.’    The Observer
    ★★★★ ‘An explosion of theatrical glee’    The Times
    ★★★★ ‘Bonkers but brilliant, a very English Rice pudding’    Daily Mail
    (15)   |   Running time: 150 minutes (one interval)

  • Fri
    04
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £8.00

    Expect to laugh, cry and sing along to the classics whilst four bridal-clad women attempt to entertain, delight and maintain their dignity.

    Using their unique concoction of wildly entertaining dance theatre, Gracefool Collective invite you to be guests at the non-wedding event of the year as they take on themes of tradition, conformity and expectation.

    It’s not a wedding, but it is a celebration, and everyone is invited.

    A brilliantly observed pastiche… hilarious” Culture Vulture
    You guys completely cracked it…some of the best work I’ve seen in 30 years in dance and theatre” Audience member

    Feminist, forthright and fiercely funny, Gracefool Collective is made up of four female dance artists, all graduates of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Previous commissions include Furnace (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Northern Connections (NSCD, 2015 and 2017) and Reveal Festival (Octagon Theatre).

    Gracefool have performed nationally and internationally with their critically acclaimed work This really is too much, including a successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Underbelly Untapped programme, an award for ‘exceptional and innovative new work’.

    Running time: 1 hour 10 mins (no interval)
    Age suitability: 11 years & up (contains swearing)

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham 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 from Jewellery, prints, jams, toys and cards to scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts and bags.

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£3.00

    Grace Notes musicians are delighted to present an afternoon of music on Saturday July 6th in the Witham Room, 2-4pm.  With all local musicians (old and young) there will be a variety of styles and instruments, ensuring an element of interest to all.
    This is an Invest In The Witham Fundraising Event

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    The Witham invite you to join the first Tea Dance to take place in the Victorian Music Hall for quite a few years, bringing back one of the favourite social traditions with experienced, enthusiastic dance teachers Graham and Margaret Fenny.

    Starting with the social Fox Trot, the dance will include Ballroom, Latin and Sequence, all accessible to experienced dancers and complete beginners.

    Graham and Margaret Fenny have been teaching dance in Northallerton for over 15 years and regularly teach on P & O Cruise liners with fantastic reviews. Graham has even performed on Come Dancing (the old version)!

    Everyone welcome.

    Refreshments are available from The Witham Café throughout the afternoon. With Rington’s Tea, delicious coffee, homemade scones and cakes, you can easily keep those energy levels up!

  • Wed
    09
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below.  His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’, the later film and now stage play, both climbers became household names. It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.

    Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and film collected on his great climbs.

    “Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.”

  • Thu
    10
    Oct
    2019
    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

    A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen…A Northern Stage production.  By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Adapted by Douglas Maxwell.  Directed by Jake Smith

    Charles Baskerville is dead, and a terrifying beast is rumoured to stalk the moors around the remote Baskerville mansion.

    When Sherlock Holmes sends Doctor Watson to investigate, Watson finds himself surrounded by dense fog and a community steeped in folklore, legend and rumour. At Baskerville Hall, the line between reality and myth is no longer clear.

    Following the sell-out success of H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds, Northern Stage presents Sherlock Holmes’ most infamous case, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s gothic classic.

    Age recommendation 12 +

  • Sat
    12
    Oct
    2019
    9.30 - 16.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£65.00

    This is a practical introduction to how radio drama is made with plenty of chances to have a go and practice the techniques used in the production of professional radio drama.

    The morning session introduces the participants to the weird and wonderful world of radio - featuring playful exercises to include all participants.  In the afternoon we will make a short radio play and all participants will receive their own copy of the finished version following the course.  For all fans of radio drama, Archers Addicts and amateur performers or professional actors with little or no experience of radio drama.  Stefan Escreet is a freelance radio producer and director who was a BBC Radio Drama Producer working on programmes across the Radio 4 schedule.  He is also visiting tutor in Radio Acting for Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre.

    £65 including copy of recorded play.  Makes a great gift as an Experience Day!

    Only 10 places available.

    Facebook page @RadioActingDays

  • Wed
    16
    Oct
    2019
    14.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    2 pm - 3.30 pm, third Wednesday of the month (18 Sept, 16 Oct, 20 Nov, 18 Dec)

    Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is the most accessible form of music making. It can also play a vital role in improving our health, well-being and social life.

    If you are 55+ come along to our monthly singing session led by local musician and singing teacher Jane Ford.
    A relaxed, fun atmosphere is guaranteed. Absolutely no experience required.

    The cost of these sessions is only £2 and we will supply a hot drink for participants. It is not necessary to pre-book this event. However, if you are planning on joining us, click through to confirm as this will help give us an idea of numbers.
    3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm, the Witham Room

  • Wed
    16
    Oct
    2019
    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 film club members, age 16 and under

    An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.
    Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen.

    Running time: 121 mins

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    1:00 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

    by William Shakespeare
    ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

    A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
    Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
    Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

    12A TBC
    Running time: 180 minutes (TBC)

  • Sun
    20
    Oct
    2019
    2:30 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

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    The Manchester-based quartet will take us on a fascinating journey through classical favourites including Haydn Opus 64 no 5, known as “The Lark” (naturally following on from “The Bird” they played in April) and Dvorak Opus 96 “The American”. Their third piece, or group of short pieces, has yet to be decided.

    The players will guide you along the way with spoken introductions to all the music.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £12.00, 11 and under £10

    Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2019
    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 in advance

    Growing up in County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri Endersby’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. Her new album ‘Homes/Lives’ presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses.

    This interweaving of genres has been inspired by Harri’s love of Icelandic electro-folk and the likes of Ásgeir and Samaris.

    Her 5-track EP ‘Ivy Crown’ released in 2014, rose to #17 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and had tracks played on BBC Newcastle Introducing, The Folk Show on Bishop FM, and Roger William’s ‘World of Difference’.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019
    10.00 every 45 minsWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, child £3.00, family £10.00

    The rocks beneath our feet shape the landscape around us, and in the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark they tell a story spanning 500 million years.

    See the work of the latest photographers to be inspired by this landscape. This is an exhibition of the top entries into the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s 2019 Framing the Land photography competition. The programme is supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    • 10:00 am
    • 10:45 am
    • 11:30 am
    • 12:15 pm
    • 1:30 pm
    • 2:15 pm
  • Wed
    30
    Oct
    2019
    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, and film club members

    Based on NASA’s most nail-biting mission, Ron Howard’s suspenseful drama follows astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) as they leave Earth’s orbit. When an oxygen tank explodes, however, their intended moon landing is called off, and their mission becomes a battle to survive.

    The Witham has programmed this classic film screening as part of The 2019 North Pennines Stargazing Festival (#NorthPennStarFest19) which runs between 23 October and 3 November – during Autumn Half Term.

  • Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £8.00

    With darkly Gothic sets and costumes, Northern Ballet is resurrecting Bram Stoker’s classic horror story for special LIVE screenings in cinemas this Halloween.   The haunting tale of passion and immortality is played out through a unique blend of sensuous dancing and gripping theatre - this is ballet with a dramatic bite. Created by Northern Ballet's Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, with atmospheric music by Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty and Sergei Rachmaninov, Dracula is a thrilling adaptation that will leave you thirsty for more.

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£22.00, £20.00 in advance

    From Billy Elliot to Close the Coalhouse door, When the Board comes in to The Pitmen Painters, hear the sounds and stories of the Pitmen Poets.After their sell out UK tour of 2017 the four Pitmen Poets return for their final tour in 2019.  Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrating the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word.

  • Wed
    06
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Mountaineering talk by Doug Scott CBE

    Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott give a fascinating insight into how a lad born in Nottingham during the darkest days of WWII got into climbing on the Black Rocks in Derbyshire – aided with nothing but his mother’s clothes line, and how this led him to Everest in 1975.

    At dusk on 24 September, Doug and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington’s epic expedition to the mountain’s south-west face. As darkness fell they scraped a small cave in the snow 100 metres below the summit and survived the highest bivouac ever – without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. For Doug Scott, it was the fulfilment of a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

    Scott and Haston returned home national heroes with their image splashed across the front pages. Scott went on to become one of Britain’s greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. His career spans the golden age of British climbing from the 1960s boom in outdoor adventure, to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
    Proceeds from the evening will support the work of Community Action Nepal www.canepal.org.uk and include a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Doug will update the audience about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects. He will also be signing copies of his posters and books

  • Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 in advance

    In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

    Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.

    Appearances at world-leading festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK and Las Palmas, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, in October 2018 was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”

    “a rockin’ powerhouse” The Herald
    “Doubling the power of three” The Scotsman
    “The musicianship is phenomenal, the enthusiasm infectious” Folk Radio UK

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

     

    Old Kent Road are a group of tap dancers who are together raising the game in the UK tap dance scene.

    Their groundbreaking new show – the first work by a British tap dance company to be performed at Sadler’s Wells – is an energetic fusion of classical tap and street dance attitude. Oscillate explores human interactions and the effects of communication on relationships through a pounding piece of tap dance theatre performed to an orignal score of electronic dance music.

    Something very special and unique … this earthquake of a show transcends the boundaries of conventional tap … Transforms tap to a seemingly incomprehensible level of excellence … a delicious show that the tap world, and the world of dance generally, desperately needs!” Heart London ★★★★

    Impossible to keep your eyes off the stage for even one second” London Theatre Review

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    16
    Nov
    2019
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Two halls showcasing approximately thirty ‘handpicked’ designers, artists & craftspeople from around the region and beyond.

    Meet the makers and buy, or commission, handcrafted goods of gallery quality.

    Original work and a strong ‘up-cycled’ theme. Demonstrations and ‘have-a-go sessions’ for all ages.

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

  • Wed
    20
    Nov
    2019
    14.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    2 pm - 3.30 pm, third Wednesday of the month (18 Sept, 16 Oct, 20 Nov, 18 Dec)

    Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is the most accessible form of music making. It can also play a vital role in improving our health, well-being and social life.

    If you are 55+ come along to our monthly singing session led by local musician and singing teacher Jane Ford.
    A relaxed, fun atmosphere is guaranteed. Absolutely no experience required.

    The cost of these sessions is only £2 and we will supply a hot drink for participants. It is not necessary to pre-book this event. However, if you are planning on joining us, click through to confirm as this will help give us an idea of numbers.
    3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm, the Witham Room

  • Wed
    20
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    Directed by Vicky Jones

    ★★★★★   ‘Witty, filthy and supreme.‘    Guardian

    See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

    Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

    Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.

    15 TBC   |   Running time: 100 minutes (TBC)

    Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre
    Show image by Jason Hetherington

  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    23
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £8.00

    Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free. The Castle Players present Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, Hedda Gabler in an adaptation by Patrick Marber.

    When Hedda returns from her honeymoon, she finds herself trapped in a dull and tedious marriage. As her world begins to close in around her, Hedda makes an attempt to regain control of her life. She begins a campaign of manipulation and lies, only to see her actions result in disastrous consequences.

  • Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and a Sunday Times bestselling author. Amanda’s first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess from 2014 offers an inspiring account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. Her second book A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess made it to number 2 in the bestsellers charts. Amanda has also appeared on Countrywise (ITV), The Dales (ITV) and Ben Fogle’s New Lives In The Wild (C5).

  • Thu
    28
    Nov
    2019
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    by Simon Wood

    Hansard; noun    |  The official report of all parliamentary debates.

    See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
    It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.
    Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

    15 TBC
    Running time: 180 minutes (TBC)

  • Fri
    29
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£19.00, £17.00 in advance

    Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups.
    Celebrating their 21st year in 2019 – now with nine albums and many thousands of miles and behind them, yet a passion that burns brighter than ever – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, sensitivity and raw fire of Scottish music all at once.
    With a ‘Blazers performance comes the unique opportunity to hear the regional expressions and diverse fiddle dialects from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each music.
    The four fiddle frontline of Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan and Orcadian Kristan Harvey are joined by guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, where fiddles and bows ignite in a blend of ensemble and solo sets.
    Whatever the hall – be it in a remote Highland village or London’s Royal Albert – this legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.

    We at The Witham are delighted to be welcoming the Blazin’ Fiddles back to Barnard Castle.

  • Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    The Witham Hall Disco Is Back.. for the first time since 1988!

    Let’s bring back the traditions of the 1980s with a soundtrack to match.  You can look forward to dancing to tracks such as Yazz – The only way up, Double Trouble and the rebel MC – Street tuff, Womack and Womack- Teardrops and Dexy’s – Come on Eileen.

    Everyone welcome – even if you didn’t attend one of the original discos back in the day!

    This is a fundraising event to support The Witham (long may it last and bring the disco back to new generations!)

  • Wed
    18
    Dec
    2019
    14.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    2 pm - 3.30 pm, third Wednesday of the month (18 Sept, 16 Oct, 20 Nov, 18 Dec)

    Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is the most accessible form of music making. It can also play a vital role in improving our health, well-being and social life.

    If you are 55+ come along to our monthly singing session led by local musician and singing teacher Jane Ford.
    A relaxed, fun atmosphere is guaranteed. Absolutely no experience required.

    The cost of these sessions is only £2 and we will supply a hot drink for participants. It is not necessary to pre-book this event. However, if you are planning on joining us, click through to confirm as this will help give us an idea of numbers.
    3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm, the Witham Room