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

01833 631107 Email: info@thewitham.org.uk

The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726

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  • Sun
    09
    Jan
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1955 Classic Musical, Oklahoma, on the big screen © 1955 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. With subtitles. All tickets £5.00. Running time 150 minutes. Booking link: FILM: Oklahoma (U) - The Witham

  • Sat
    15
    Jan
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    PYGMALION
    By Bernard Shaw. Performed by Castle Players.

    Shaw’s most popular and successful play has enjoyed numerous revivals and is the basis for Lerner and Loewe’s ever-popular musical, “My Fair Lady”.

    Tickets £12 | Under 16s £10 Booking link Castle Players: Pygmalion - The Witham

  • Thu
    27
    Jan
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    A true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman, Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history.

    This film will be subtitled. All tickets £5.00

    Running time: 112 minutes. Booking link FILM: The Courier (12A) - The Witham

  • Sat
    05
    Feb
    2022
    2:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Woman, Warrior, Legend. For ten years, Mulan, disguised as a man, has fought for the Chinese Empire, but now it is time to go home. Grist to the Mill Productions and Red Dragonfly Productions brings you the real Chinese heroine that inspired Disney’s animation and live-feature Mulan.

    Tickets £10 | £8 Under 16s. Booking link The Ballad of Mulan (10+) - The Witham

  • Sun
    06
    Feb
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    This is a fundraising concert for both Barnard Castle Band and The Witham. The band will perform a programme filled with a variety of pieces to entertain a wide audience, with Andrew Nicholson conducting.

    Tickets £8 | £5 Under 16s. Booking link Barnard Castle Band: Live in Concert - The Witham

  • Sat
    12
    Feb
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    James Bond’s mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

    Starring Daniel Craig as 007.

    This film will be subtitled.

    Running time: 163 minutes. All tickets £5.00. Booking link FILM: No Time to Die (12A) - The Witham

  • Thu
    17
    Feb
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    An old man, whose wife has just passed away, uses his free local bus pass to travel to the other end of the UK, to where they originally moved from, using only local buses, on a nostalgic trip but also carrying his wife’s ashes in a small suitcase, `taking her back’.

    Starring Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan.

    This film will be subtitled.

    Running time: 86 minutes. All tickets £5.00. Booking link FILM: The Last Bus (12A) - The Witham

  • Sat
    19
    Feb
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Spend an evening in the company of Harry Venning, an award-winning cartoonist, comedy writer and performer.

    Harry’s cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as The GuardianMathematics TodayThe Radio TimesMusic Teacher and The Stage.

    He was awarded UK Strip Cartoonist Of The Year for his Guardian strip Clare In The Community, which he adapted into a Radio 4 sitcom.

    Tickets £12 | Under 16s £10. Booking link Harry Venning: The Art of the Cartoonist - The Witham

  • Thu
    24
    Feb
    2022
    7:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    The Monocle  – a newly created piece by Rendez-Vous Dance is inspired by the secretly notorious 1930s Parisian lesbian club Le Monocle.

    The Monocle will be performed by six outstanding dancers. Conceived as a fun night out, The Monocle will re-shape traditional theatre settings into a club where audiences can participate in a highly virtuosic evening mixing dance and live music.

    Have fun dressing up for the occasion and don’t forget your monocle!

    Tickets from £5. Booking link The Monocle (14+) - The Witham

  • Fri
    25
    Feb
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Nick Cope has been writing and recording his beautiful and totally unique songs for children and their families for over 10 years.  He performs with his guitar and animations to sell-out crowds all over the country. He has an incredible fan base from all over the UK which has just grown immeasurably over the last year due to the phenomenal success of his CBeebies show Nick Cope’s Popcast.

    Suitable for all ages. Running time approx. 60 minutes.

    Adult Tickets £10 | Child Tickets £8. Booking link Nick Cope Family Concert - The Witham

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Following the sell-out success of The War of the Worlds and The Hound of the BaskervillesNorthern Stage presents an electrifying new production adapted from H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic, featuring a new take on one of the most iconic characters in horror fiction.

    Running time 80 minutes (without an interval).

    Tickets £14 (under 16s £12). Booking link The Invisible Man (12+) - The Witham

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Soprano Penelope Randall-Davis and pianist Ingrid Sawers mark this year’s International Women’s Day with a heart-warming and enjoyable mix of operatic arias, art song, music theatre and folk songs celebrating female experience.  Interwoven with evocative poetry and prose readings from classic writers, the programme includes music by female composers, as well as Handel, Dvořák, Strauss, Schubert and Fauré.

    Tickets £12 (under 16s £10). Booking link Sunday Classics: A Woman’s Lot - The Witham

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Award-winning adventurer, John Pilkington, is one of Britain’s most experienced adventurers and public speakers. After a career as an author and photographer, he spent many years with the BBC World Service and Radio 4, making travel documentaries and contributing to programmes such as ‘From Our Own Correspondent’.

    In this talk hear how, in 2011, John followed a spectacular branch of the Silk Road, starting in the Caucasus and crossing the Caspian Sea to Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand. Reeling from the beauty of those legendary cities, hear how he turned south-east to explore the High Pamirs of Afghanistan – a region well-known to Marco Polo – before a dramatic finale at the source of the Oxus in the heart of Central Asia.

    Tickets £12 (under 16s £10). Booking link John Pilkington – The Silk Road to Afghanistan - The Witham

  • Sat
    19
    Mar
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of John Otway

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

    Support Act will be local singer-songwriter, Sam Nix from the North East.

    This is a standing gig.

    Tickets £15 in advance (£18 on the door). Booking link John Otway and the Big Band Gig 5000 Tour - The Witham

  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Official film poster of Mothering Sunday

    Based on the award-winning novel by Graham Swift, starring Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Josh O'Connor and Odessa Young.

    On a warm Spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling, Jane Fairchild, finds herself alone on Mother's Day. Her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven, are out and she has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandon with her secret lover, Paul.

    This film will be shown with subtitles. Tickets £5 or 2 for £8. Booking link Film: Mothering Sunday - The Witham

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    official film poster of West Side Story 2021

    Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

    Starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Maddie Ziegler.

    With subtitles.

    Running time 156 minutes. Tickets £5. Booking link Film: West Side Story (12A) - The Witham

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of 5 musicians in Sophia Strings

    Led by professional Ukrainian violinists Kostia Tsepkov and Iryna Zagorna, with Penny Jones on cello and Jill Russell/Paul Donovan on viola, Sophia Strings will play a wide range of short popular classics and lighter music. There will be something for everyone including a dash of Ukrainian traditional music.

    Joining them will be the young Ukrainian emerging artist Sophia Nikolaiets who will sing some well known tunes.

    All proceeds will go to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

    Tickets £6. Booking link: Ukraine Benefit Concert: Sophia Strings - The Witham

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of actress with basket of knitting wool

    CaroleW Productions presents Melanie Gall’s Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret.

    A delightful evening of needlepoint and music with a scintillating selection of the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own knitting (or crochet) and stitch along to these funny, poignant, toe-tapping, needle-clicking tunes.

    Tickets £12 (under 16s £10). Booking link Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret - The Witham

  • Wed
    06
    Apr
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of four band members of Calan

    In their first major post-lockdown tour, one of Britain’s most innovative and thrilling bands will showcase their critically acclaimed new album 'Kistvaen'. Expect intricate, captivating melodies and mesmerising harmonies underpinned with foot-stamping, crowd-pleasing rhythms. Calan’s bewildering array of instruments includes guitars, fiddles, bagpipes, harps, accordions, vocals… and, likely as not, world-class step and clog dancing!

    Tickets £16.50 Booking link Calan: Kistvaen - The Witham

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Barnard Castle Band is delighted to support The Witham and will perform a programme filled with a variety of pieces to entertain a wide audience. This event is a joint fundraiser event for Barnard Castle Band and The Witham. Tickets £8 (under 16s £5). Booking link Barnard Castle Band: Live in Concert - The Witham

  • Wed
    13
    Apr
    2022
    6:45 pmThe Witham Hall

    Poster for Royal Opera House Live Wednesday 13 April

    19th century Paris is a place of contrasts: glamour and superficiality, love and lust, life and death. Including some of Verdi's most acclaimed Arias, Richard Eyre's production of La Traviata for The Royal Opera House recently celebrated 25 years and this year returns with acclaimed opera star, Pretty Yende as Violetta.

    This is a live screening. Tickets £14 (under 16s £12). Booking link Royal Opera House Live: La Traviata - The Witham

  • Sun
    24
    Apr
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of soprano, cellist and pianist

    A relaxing afternoon of romantic music for voice, cello and piano including pieces by Berlioz, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Donizetti, Offenbach and Debussy along with some Victorian favourites.

    Mary Coffield – Soprano
    Alison Gill – Piano
    Jeremy Harbottle – Cello

    Tickets £12 (under 16s £10). Booking link On Wings of Song - The Witham

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    official film poster for Respect with Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

    Universal Pictures presents…Respect.

    Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom, this is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

    Starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker.

    With subtitles. Running time 145 minutes. Tickets £5 or 2 for £8. Booking link Film: Respect (12A) - The Witham

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2022
    7:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Northern Ballet screening poster

    Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet’s ‘Merlin’ will take audiences on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic. Choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie (Broadway’s King Kong and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom), expect an enchanting spectacle. Don’t miss the legend reawakened through Northern Ballet’s blend of classical ballet and unrivalled storytelling.

    Screening Running time: 130 minutes (including interval). Tickets £10 (under 16s £8) booking link Northern Ballet: Merlin (PG) - The Witham

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    film poster of Belfast

    The heavily-autobiographical black and white film is set in the city on the brink of the Troubles in the late 1960s.
    Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, ‘Belfast’ recently won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
    Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan
    Running time: 98 minutes. Shown with subtitles. Tickets £5 booking link FILM: Belfast (12A) - The Witham

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Deborah Thorne (cello) and Nicholas Butters (piano) perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, Cassado and Franck.
    Concert running time 75 minutes (including interval).
    Tickets £12 (under 16s £10). Booking link Sunday Classics: Deborah Thorne and Nicholas Butters - The Witham

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Musician Of The Year. Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes. Leaving string sections, piano and harmonium behind, the new band features acoustic and electric guitars and double bass.

    Tickets £18 in advance | £20 on the door. Booking link The Sam Sweeney Band - The Witham

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2022
    7:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    film poster of Death on The Nile

    Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths.

    Based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Distributed by Disney (2022).
    Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright.

    Shown with subtitles.
    Running time 127 minutes.
    Tickets £5 or 2 for £8. Booking link FILM: Death on the Nile (12A) - The Witham

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    With the release of their second album ‘Cairn’, Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio has underlined their status as one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz.

    The trio’s music is dynamic and beautifully crafted, reflecting the Scottish landscape and musical traditions while honouring the American and European jazz legacies, and its huge emotional pull has brought audiences to their feet across Northern Europe and resulted in an appearance at Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival.

    Tickets £15 (under 16s £10). Booking link Fergus McCreadie Jazz Trio - The Witham

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of puppet farm animals on stage

    Featuring the voices of Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis from CBeebies as Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow (PLEASE NOTE: JUSTIN AND NICOLE DO NOT APPEAR IN PERSON). Come dressed in your best party clothes and help make Pongo’s Party a day to remember, by joining in a show full of fun, songs and laughter – play in a huge children’s band and take part in the town’s biggest ever game of pass the parcel!

    With a colourful farmyard and host of loveable puppet characters, Pongo’s Party is a family show particularly suitable for 2 – 7 year olds.

    Songs include: The Wheels On The Bus, Pat-A-Cake, I Am The Music Man, Old MacDonald Had A Farm, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and many more!

    Running Time: 90 minutes (including interval). Adults £10 | Children £8 booking link Pongo’s Party! - The Witham

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Cartoon of mothers hanging washing out with pram and children and row of terraced houses in banckground

    A Way Home: The fight for a place to belong 
     A play by Christina Castling. A Carole Wears Production.

    It’s 1951 and a third of County Durham’s villages have been classified as ‘D’. No longer deemed worthy of investment, they’re expected to die quietly. But they refuse to go without a fight.

    A Way Home is a new play rooted in the stories and memories of the people who called those D villages home. A County-wide fight lasting over 25 years becomes a 12-month journey at Bet’s kitchen table as she and her family grapple with what identity, loss and belonging really look like.

    Tickets £12 (under 16s £10) booking link A Way Home - The Witham

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of Alistair McGowan

    Promoted by Funny Way to be Comedy

    “The classical concert you’ve always wanted to see”

    A unique mix of classic comedy and classical music. Following the surprise success of his Sony album, which reached No 1 in the UK Classical Album charts, comes Alistair McGowan’s new show, combining his talents as master impressionist and comedian with his new-found talent as a classical pianist!

    Tickets £22 booking link Funny Way To Be Comedy – Alistair McGowan: The Piano Show (12+ Family Friendly) - The Witham

  • Wed
    22
    Jun
    2022
    5:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of actors with words Hedge

    A playful, fresh and engaging new show aimed at children aged 4+ and their families. Meet a hedgehog waking up from hibernation to find the world is not as it once was. Come along on the adventure and see the world through tiny eyes! Playful, fresh and engaging, HEDGE combines the magic of dance with beautiful costumes, innovative props and puppetry to create a fun-filled performance space for little ones to enjoy.

    “Breathtaking…I really wish all children could be introduced to dance in this way.”  Audience member.

    Adult £6 | Child £5 Booking link: HEDGE - The Witham

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2022
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    film poster of The Duke

    ‘The Duke’ is a moving true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life. Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington.

    Starring Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead

    Running time 95 minutes. Matinee 2pm showing with subtitles. Additional evening showing 7pm. Tickets £5. Booking link: FILM: The Duke (12A) - The Witham

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2022
    7:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    photo of string players

    We are looking forward to our first Witham fundraising concert which also takes part for us during our 2nd Community Music Festival.

    The Orchestra is a true community of instruments and players of all ages and abilities who meet regularly on most Saturday mornings in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Barnard Castle to rehearse music from the shows, light classics, pop, standards and novelty numbers. Many of our players are local but not all have that luxury! Often teaming up with our Community Choir for fun, family concerts, tonight our guests are the school choir from Green Lane while Cream Tees will entertain you in the foyer pre-show.

    Tickets £8 | Under 16s £5. Booking link: Community Orchestra: Summer Sizzler Concert - The Witham

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2022
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Elysium Theatre Company present: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House translated by Michael Meyer with Alice Frankham as Nora and Danny Solomon as Torvald.

    Nora is a happily married woman with a loving husband and three beautiful children. Everything seems perfect in her happy home. But when a man from her past appears demanding what he owes her, her ideal life unravels and, as she realises the truth of her marriage, she is forced to make the ultimate choice.

    Don't miss this thrilling play!

    Tickets £14 | Under 16s £12. Booking link A Doll’s House - The Witham