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.

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

Contact

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

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  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    8:00 pmWithamPeter Dixon Tel: 07831650917£10 advanced / £12 on door if available

    Edinburgh preview shows from two of the top comedians heading to the Edinburgh Festival the following month.

    Jo Caulfield: Work In Progress
    TV and radio star Jo Caulfield has been dubbed "funniest woman in Britain", she lives up to the title with razor-sharp wit, acerbic observations and scandalous one-liners, all excellently written and impeccably delivered. A Funny Way To Be Comedy regular, Jo always delivers a top class show.

    Brennan Reece: Everlong
    2016 Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee and 2015 English Comedian of the Year returns with a 'powerfully entertaining' (Chortle.co.uk) show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and his Nanna (in a home). Tour Support for Joe Lycett and Jason Manford. Sold Out UK/Australian Tour. As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel plus 4. 6 million YouTube hits. "Unstoppable force"...Chortle.co.uk
    "A teenage Alan Bennett"...Skinny

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Barnard CastleCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.ukFREE

    Under Northern Skies is an exhibition of sensitively depicted sites that will lead visitors around the Dispensary Gallery, taking them on a journey through the local countryside.

    Exhibiting artists Hazel Smith and Jill Eagle both live in, and are inspired by, The Yorkshire Dale. Employing contrasting styles and use of media that complement each other culminating in an exciting exhibition of landscape paintings.

    Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Barnard Castlewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The Earth's Layers is an exciting exhibition of fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation by a group of artists from across the north of England.

    Spanning fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation much of the work in The Earth's Layers exhibition is conceptual, yet all of it is entirely accessible due to physical, tactile nature of the work selected for display. The artists comprise a mix of established and early career artists living and working across the north of England and exhibiting together for the first time in this exhibition. Many of the works are inspired by maps, paths, and topography, whilst others are inspired by naturally occurring geological formations, and other works are inspired by the greater forces of nature, and their related wayfinding systems.

    Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays

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

    Tickets Available Via Facebook

    Create a beautiful handmade paper bead necklace.

    Victorian young ladies would gather socially in their dining rooms, whilst making handmade paper beads and I can understand why. This simple technique opens up a multitude of possiblities as the finished beads look elegant.

    In this session you will prepare the paper to make a necklace the colour of your choice, paint an ombre effect by blending two colours, keep it muted or make it rainbow to suit your taste. Experiment with bead shapes and seal them before stringing them on a ribbon, lace or chain finishing the necklace with a toggle clasp.

    2nd Thursday of every month
    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

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

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

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

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song.

    On 14 September, experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.

    This production of Carmen will be directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, with the set designed by the British artist Es Devlin. Her past work includes sets for such stars as Adele, Take That, U2, Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West.

    Click here to watch a video

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00 in advance, £15.00 on door

    “..hard to believe there’s only one man on stage.” (Rock Society Magazine)
    “…a superior fingerstyle troubadour.” (Guitar and Bass Magazine)
    “..a prodigiously talented fingerpicking guitarist.” (R2 Magazine)

    A talented, committed musician in his youth, Adrian Nation describes his first compositions as "the ramblings of a searching teenager". He may ramble less these days, but his search continues, and he has evolved into one of the most insightful and incisive songwriters of his generation.

    Influenced at an early age by the genius of Bob Dylan and the melodic fluidity of Mark Knopfler's haunting guitar, Adrian's teenage eyes and ears were truly opened when the late Isaac Guillory "played the guitar like I had never seen" ("Diamonds in the Stream", Sowing Seeds, 2003). Reflecting on this experience Adrian says, "Suddenly the acoustic guitar was a much bigger instrument than I ever thought it could be. My mind was set."

    Adrian's hectic touring schedule is testament to his popularity and quite exceptional guitar playing. The ceaseless cycle of touring and playing has continued unabated since the release of "Sowing Seeds" and has established him as a stalwart of the festival, folk and acoustic scene. It therefore beggars belief that the follow up to "Sowing Seeds" has been written, recorded and is now in post production.

    Pivotal to all of this however, is the sublime guitar and voice of Adrian Nation. He is the central pillar around which these performances sit, and the songs are the very foundations upon which the superb "Fall or Fly" stands.

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017
    11.00 to 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Handmade inspiration for all occasions, bespoke gifts, demonstrations and have a go experiences. The Witham and Designer Makers Market and Vintage Essence offer a creative exploration of wedding possibilities.

    Some of the stallholders on the day include:

    ALWAYS TIME FOR TEEPEES  -  https://www.alwaystimeforteepees.co.uk/

    BROOKES TAILORS  -  http://www.brmaddyookestailors.com/

    CLAIRE COLLINSON PHOTOGRAPHY  -  http://www.clairecollinson.co.uk/

    GIVE A LITTLE'S  -  https://www.facebook.com/givealittles/

    GLASSIC GLASS   -  http://www.glassicglass.com/

    IN THE SILVERROOM  -  http://www.inthesilverroom.co.uk/

    TAMARA BIBBY INDEPENDANT CELEBRANT  -  https://www.tamarabibbycelebrant.com/

    KATHRYN GUY  - https://www.facebook.com/KathrynGuyTextileArtist/

    KTEAS CAKES  -  http://www.kteascakes.co.uk/tearoom/

    LILYANN  -  https://www.lilyann.co.uk/

    MAD ABOUT WOOL  -  https://www.facebook.com/madaboutwool/

    SARAH HALL BARQAI  -  https://www.sarahhallbaqai.com/

    TIA BULMER DESIGNS  -  https://www.facebook.com/TBsurfacepattern/

    VETERANS WOODCRAFT  -  http://veteranswoodcraft.co.uk/

    VINTAGE ESSENSE  -  https://www.facebook.com/vintageessenceflowers/

    and more . . .

  • Wed
    20
    Sep
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10.00 age 6 or under

    Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Fluteis brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems...David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flutewas an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours 10 mins, including one interval | sung in German with English subtitles

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart on September 21.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Using carborundum grit and collagraph techniques of scratching, scoring and cutting you will develop a printing plate. Once sealed the plate can be inked, wiped and printed numerous times and in a variety of ways. Multiple prints will then be taken using oil based inks on a printing press.

    Penny is a painter printmaker who also prints onto hand built ceramics using relief printing bocks or coloured slips to monoprint onto the surfaces, etching into them before washing with body stains.Work is based on trying to capture the atmosphere and elements in our wild landscapes, particularly around her studio in the Western Dales, where she runs printmaking and ceramic courses.She is an experienced artist and teacher, to see further examples of her work go to www.penny-hunt.co.uk 

    Cumbria Printmakers CIO is a Social Enterprise working to champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone. Their values of equality, inclusion, sustainability, respect, transparency and supporting local arts drives all that they do.

    Like this? Then do please check out the final Cumbrian Craft Workshops of the series.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00
    Presented by Funny Way to Be Comedy.  Robin Ince's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe.
    Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena.
    2017 will also see two new series of the award winning Infinite Monkey Cage and the publication of Robin's new book, I'm a Joke...and So Are You (Atlantic books)
    “An evening so bursting with energy and ideas...it’s a bundle of fascinating, surprising digressions”...The Times review of most recent show - Blooming, Buzzing Confusion.
    Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award and 3 Chortle awards.
    As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
    “Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny”...The Times

    “When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince”...The Guardian.

    Age recommendation 14+
  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    EXHIBITION ON SCREEN open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

    The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

    Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on door

    With a love of early jazz style, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining and virtuosic programme inspired by the great jazz violin and guitar partnership: Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. The duo's debut at Newcastle Jazz Cafe in July was featured as one of The Guardian's 'Editor's Picks'.

    The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers of string-based swing jazz. Less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s and 30s until cut short by Lang’s untimely death in 1933. Joe Venuti has been referred to as ‘the father of jazz violin and was a leader in the development of jazz violin techniques and style, while his musical partner Eddie Lang is widely regarded as the first jazz guitar virtuoso.

    Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles and improvisation, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music associated with and inspired by the first great jazz violin and guitar partnership. A typical performance includes  original compositions by Venuti/Lang including Cheese & Crackers, Sunshine, Black and Blue Bottom; jazz standards of the 20s and 30s such as Pardon Me Pretty Baby, Hiawatha's Lullaby, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Dinah and I've Found A New Baby ; original compositions that explore the duo's soundworld, and some of James and Emma's favourite tunes played a la Joe and Eddie.

    Emma Fisk has attracted critical acclaim for her performances of Venuti’s repertoire at UK jazz festivals and was featured in the musical role of Joe Venuti with The Jazz Repertory Company at Cadogan Hall as part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival. James has been performing Lang’s repertoire since he was introduced to this music in the late-70s. However, it is only now that he has realised his ambition to recreate the duo repertoire of Lang and Venuti in concert in the original duo setting with Emma.

    The duo made its debut at Newcastle Jazz Cafe this summer  but already has gained rave reviews and capacity crowds at the venues they have visited. James and Emma are currently preparing material for an album, which will be ready for release in 2017.

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£13.00

    Mendelssohn's beloved Octet (one of the miracles of 19th century music) was written when the composer was only sixteen, and is one of the most popular pieces of chamber music ever written. Royal Northern Sinfonia contrasts this with the rich melodies of Borodin's evocative String Quintet and the stirring brilliance of Shostakovitch's Octet.

     

    Supper Club Option at 6pm

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

    Tonight's dish: Delicious Chilli (vegetarian chilli also available)

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

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

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10 age 6 or under

    When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular setting.Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

    Approximate running time: 2 hour 35 minutes, including one interval | sung in Italian with English subtitles.

  • Wed
    04
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Dales vet, Neville Turner, shares his passion for music and photography in this compendium of his grand finales from countless presentations over the years. Set to music (from Mozart, Faure and Vivaldi, to Rag-Time and electronic music), he will cover wide-ranging subjects such as swans and hay-meadows to brass bands and markets. The programme, lasting an or so, is interspersed with anecdotes about his subjects.

  • Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on door

    The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James.

    They come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.

    The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan – best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan(musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus that is Bellowhead and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began (in a decade which has only just become fashionable).

    The James Brother who isn’t called James is Jamie McClennan – a Kiwi who found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winningEmily Smith (whom he also married) having chosen not to follow his first bandmates to Ireland, where they formed the much celebrated Gráda. Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of Sharon Shannon, Beth Nielson Chapman, Jerry Douglasand his mum.  He also likes to run barefoot, but that’s his own business.

    While both men are quick to point out that their work with their wives is still the primary passion, The James Brothers allows them to be centre stage – playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off.

    For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £22.00 family of 4

    Hair - worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids - is the subject of this funny and uplifting dance theatre performance. With a sizzling soundtrack of Ghanaian pop music, join stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud.

    The Head Wrap Diaries is an immersive-interactive dance theatre production that uses comedy to explore, women, beauty, hair and culture. Told through the stories of three female characters we explore community, heritage, womanhood and friendship. This is not a ‘Natural verses Weaves’ it is a celebration of versatility and diversity.

    Brought to us by Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Using one of the artist’s books as a starting point, on this workshop you will be shown how to make a simple flag book based on the same construction, using a range of papers including some printed and some you will produce yourself using a monoprint technique.

    You will also have a demonstration of how to make your own gelli plate at home and how it can be used for your own future work.

    See more of Tracy’s work at www.runningloose.com

    Cumbria Printmakers CIO is a Social Enterprise working to champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone. Their values of equality, inclusion, sustainability, respect, transparency and supporting local arts drives all that they do.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

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

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

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

  • Wed
    11
    Oct
    2017
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

    Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

    Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    2nd Thursday of every month
    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

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

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

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

    Tickets Available Via Facebook

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Three brilliant African American women at NASA serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

    "A space-race segregation drama full of star power." The Telegraph

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    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

    Heather Gillespie is one of UK’s finest glass cutters and engravers. She won the Master of Crafts Award (2012) and is an Associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for her services to glass in the UK.

    Working from your own design on to a glass form, Heather will guide you through the design and making process. The workshops are suitable for people with no experience of working with glass. This process does get a little messy, so old clothing, and sturdy shoes are required. Heather will brief you on H&S, and protective masks are included because it can get a little sandy!  Sharp objects are involved.

    Masterclass fee of £40 per person includes all materials but not lunch. 

    The low cost of these workshops are subsidized by trusts and foundations. Please book as places are limited. For further information and to book, contact Karen on 017683 53954 or buy online through the link above.

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

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

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

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 12.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£110.00
    Laurence Sach leads an informal sixteen session introduction to the development of European theatre from its earliest origins in Ancient Greece to the five key practitioners (Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre.
    Each two hour session begins with an illustrated talk followed by a short refreshment break, and then a group discussion of that session’s topic and play text.
    The sessions:
     
    1. Myth, Ritual & Religion
    2. Greek Theatre – the origins (The Oresteia by Aeschylus)
    3. Greek Tragedy – the playwrights (Electra by Sophocles and The Trojan Women by Euripides)
    4. Roman Tragedy - (Thyestes by Seneca)
    5. Greek & Roman Comedy (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)
    6. Medieval Mystery Plays - (The Creation, Noah, Abraham & Isaac, The Crucifixion)
    7. Medieval Morality plays and Tudor Interludes (Mankind)
    8. Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare (Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe)
    9. Jacobean & Caroline (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford)
    10. Restoration Theatre (The Country Wife by William Wycherley)
    11. 18th Century Theatre (The Beggars’ Opera by John Gay)
    12. 19th Century & Melodrama (The Bells by Leopald Lewis)
    13. Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler)
    14. Chechov & Stanislavski (The Cherry Orchard)
    15. Brecht & Political Theatre (The Caucasian Chalk Circle)
    16. Samuel Beckett & Theatre of the Absurd (Waiting for Godot)
    Laurence is a freelance writer and director who has been Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company, manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow, and lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts.
    Sessions from October 18th to December 6th. Then, January 10th to February 28th.
    For queries and additional information please e-mail: laurencepsach@gmail.com
  • Thu
    19
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.50, £22.00 family of 4

    My, my, what a big imagination you have!

    Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend. They run and chase each other through the story, playing all the parts, but both desperate to take on the role of Mr Wolf …or is that…Miss Wolf?

    Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn.

    Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before.

    For ages 3 - 8 years

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£65.00

    In this workshop you will spend the day in a relaxed and creative environment learning mixed media techniques and creating two stunning canvases to take home with you at the end of the day.

    You will create one 30cm x 30cm deep edged canvas and one 50cm x 20cm canvas. You will learn different techniques to create both dramatic and subtle textures, including how to create a crackled effect, how to produce rusty peaks and using stencils with structure paste.

    There will be examples to guide and inspire you, but you will also be given space and encouragement to work to your own design and style if you would prefer. You will be able to chose from a range of colour palettes to create a piece of work that will fit with any room in your house.

    This workshop is run by visual artist, Abigail Lagden. All materials will be provided for you, just bring your imagination.

    Please visit www.curiously-contrary.co.uk/workshops for more information and to book your place.

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods.

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

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

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

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10.00 aged 6 or under

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods.

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

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Supper Club Option at 6.30pm

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

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

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

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

    For ages 5 - 11 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    'Unique handcrafted goods, direct from the maker.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 students, £5.00 under 16's, £22.00 family

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

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

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

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

    Grunwick made history:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£2 to reserve, plus pay what you think it's worth

    Be part of the audience for the live recording of Jig Doll with Hannah James at The Witham.  A rarity in folk music, Hannah James is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.

    At The Witham earlier this year and so pleased with her experience here, Hannah is returning to record the film of the show. Being a part of the audience means you will enjoy Jigdoll as never seen before, with Hannah presenting her very best performance to be recorded and shared in years to come. Please be aware, this may mean some re-takes and pauses to guarantee the film crew capture what they need - we cannot guarantee the finish time. Please come and join us to enjoy the exclusive experience at The Witham.

    As it's an exceptional event, we have set up a reservation fee for a seat of £2. We are asking, following the show, you donate what you would have paid for the ticket price following the gig.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Another performance at 7.30 pm

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

    Supper Club Option at 1.30pm and 6pm

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

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

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

    Times to be arranged with schools

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£45.00

    Dance the night away and support The Witham at the same time!

    Join a wonderfully festive and fun celebration this New Year's Eve with a live Ceilidh band, hog roast, disco and a glass of fizz at midnight.
    We advise booking in advance as last year’s celebration was sold out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn how to capture the beauty of our local landscape. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 and under

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Exploring connections between artists, spaces and audiences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Suitable for ages 12+

    A Northern Stage production

    By H.G. Wells.  Directed by Elayce Ismail

    A new adaptation by Laura Lindow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals.

    CHOREOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
    MUSIC JOBY TALBOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff.

    Showcasing Van Gogh’s iconic works like never before and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite from Season 2 makes a welcome return to the big screen.

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.ukFREE

    This diverse and vibrant exhibition celebrates our coastline in the North East and Cumbria with stunning artworks in a range of genres.

    Featuring regional artists including:

    Ann Whitfield, Aphra O'Connor, Colleen Vaux, Glenn Tomkinson, Helen Costello, Jenny Ullyat, Jill and Lee Brewster, Mark Sofilas, Sarah Hill

    Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Presented by Little Mighty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    'This beautiful show is indescribable' - Edinburgh Guide

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.ukFREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Anyone fancy a balloon powered rocket race to the moon?

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

    Brought to us by Suitcase Studio

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

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

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


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

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

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

     

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

    A cosmic adventure to outer space!

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

    From the makers of The Owl and the Pussycat.

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

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

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

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

    Starring: Mariangela Sicilia and Hasmik Torosyan

    Conductor: Michele Mariotti

    Stage Director: Graham Vick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Recently supported Fairport Convention!

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 16 and under, £10.00 11 and under

    RESCHEDULED: Shakespeare's tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot

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

    Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals.

    CHOREOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
    MUSIC JOBY TALBOT

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

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

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

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

    Closed Sundays and Mondays

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

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

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Celebrate spring by making relief prints with inspiration from plants and flowers - this workshop was postponed from 3rd March. due to the adverse weather conditions.  Karen Babayan presents Patterns in Nature.  Spring is on its way and in celebration we will use plants and flowers as inspiration.  Participants will make a series of sketches, which they will then develop into relief prints incorporating repeat pattern and colour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Live Screening by the Royal Ballet.

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

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

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

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

    Is gender innate or is it nurtured?

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

    What kind of 'man' are you?

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

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

    Presented by Rhum and Clay

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.ukFREE

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

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
    16.00 to 17.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uksee website

    Reviving the tradition of Longsword Dancing teams from Teesdale schools and further afield present the grand finale of the 'Day of Dance' in Barnard Castle - the first of its kind in the country - with Town Mayor Sandra Moorhouse presenting awards and certificates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

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

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

    (For ages 8+)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

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

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

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

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

    Running time: 55 mins, no interval

    Age: All

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    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

    Oscar and Golden Globe winning blockbuster starring Frances McDormand.  Martin McDonagh’s fiercely written, stabbingly pleasurable tragicomedy stars a magnificent Frances McDormand; watching it is like having your funny bone struck repeatedly, expertly and very much too hard by a karate super-black-belt capable of bringing a rhino to its knees with a single punch behind the ear.

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    3:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. The sights and sounds of war-torn London are recreated by Lez Brotherston’s Olivier Award-winning costumes and sets, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and surround sound designed by Paul Groothuis. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score.

    ‘A dazzling spectacle’
    The Times

    ‘A big-hearted ballroom Blitz. Cinders sets the stage alight in Matthew Bourne's wartime revival’
    The Observer

    'A Valentine to the power of love’
    LA Times

    Recorded at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2017
    Running time: 110 minutes (3 acts, no interval)

    We are also offering an afternoon tea at the Dispensary Café at 1.30pm - enjoy a scrumptious a selection of scones, cakes and sandwiches with Rington's loose leaf tea and Rounton's Coffee for £12.50, add a glass of Prosecco or an Allendale real ale to your Afternoon Tea for an extra £3. Book this through the ticket link above.

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Ballet recorded live in HD from Teatro Alla Scala

    Le Corsaire follows the swashbuckling adventures of a dashing pirate who journeys across the high seas to save his beloved from the Pasha’s harem with danger looming at every turn.
    With lavish sets and costumes, the choreography mirrors Russian ballet master Maris Petipa’s revival from 19th century St. Petersburg.

    Full of action, passion and a romantic twist form the heart of this unmissable ballet.

    Conductor: Patrick Fournillier
    Choreographer: Anna-Marie Holmes

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£16.00 in advance, £18.00 full price


    Two of folk music's most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo.

    2018 will see Heidi and John celebrate their tenth year as musical partners with a new EP released in November on Under One Sky Records and an extensive Uk & European tour. John has produced Heidi's last 3 albums, they have both toured all over the globe in each others live bands but this will be the first time the pair collaborate exclusively as a duo.

    Between them they have shared the stage with among others - Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon, Eddi Reader, King Creosote, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas.

    “One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and

    composer”. The Guardian

    “Simply vocal heaven” The Sunday Times

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 16 and under, £10.00 11 and under

    Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
    Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a

    beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is surprising Swan Lake was poorly received at its premiere in 1877. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.
    The Royal Ballet Choreography: Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
    Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

    Four acts, approx. 180 minutes (including two intervals)

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    John Hurt's final performance as a terminally ill writer grappling with his own mortality, based on N.J. Crisp's acclaimed stage-play. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and secretly to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes into that good night.

  • Wed
    20
    Jun
    2018
    6:30 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

    Looking back Rattle says, 'I felt that I was finding my voice on that day'. Mahler’s multifaceted work is again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Sir Simon Rattle’s Farewell Concert will be broadcast live to cinemas on 20th June, with exclusive interviews and programme insights featured as part of this historic event.
    One of today’s greatest conductors   Gramophone on Sir Simon Rattle
    Broadcast live from Berlin Philharmonie
    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6 conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
    Total Running time: 120 minutes (no interval).

  • Thu
    21
    Jun
    2018
    6:30 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

    Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.
    Praised by critics as a ‘thoughtful, provocative staging’ and a ‘scathing study of exploitation’, Annilese Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s. This post-war setting brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. Little wonder that this opera has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings, including the hit musical Miss Saigon.
    The emotional impact of the piece is devastating  ★★★★  Stage
    Composed by Giacomo Puccini, sung in Italian with English subtitles.
    Broadcast live from Glyndebourne, with Conductor Omer Meir Wellber, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Glyndebourne Chorus.

  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’.

    Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you.

    Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...

    Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of The Witham.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Join us at The Witham for some of Barnard Castle's 1940s' weekend and learn some basic ballroom! The Glitterball awaits!

    Come along with a dance partner or meet one at the class! Whirl away the hour learning the basic moves to the classic ballroom styles including Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango.

    Suitable for ages 9 - 99!

    If this class fills, we will look to hold a second class from 14:00 to 15:00.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 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

    The East Pointers write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes.  The East Pointers - fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron – have spent the last two years touring Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia in support of their JUNO Award winning album, Secret Victory.
    In 2016, they won ‘Touring Artist of the Year’ at the Music PEI Awards and ‘Ensemble of the Year’ at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Their sophomore album, What We Leave Behind, produced by songwriter/producer Gordie Sampson, will be released in September 2017.

    What We Leave Behind carves a new path for The East Pointers, as they continue to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fan base around the globe.

  • Tue
    03
    Jul
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. 

    Directed by Rufus Norris

    Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Of Life & Land is a captivating, contemporary, photographic exhibition chronicling life in the Yorkshire village of Ampleforth. 

    Featuring residents, both old and young, going about their everyday lives and work, the photographs are raw, honest and exceptionally beautiful.

    In his foreword to the accompanying exhibition book, Ian McMillan says:

    “These wonderful photographs are poems and short stories; they are miniatures and epics; they are tiny movements at the edge of the folding map and huge gestures at the vortex of the turning world. Once seen, they cannot be unseen. They hang around in the viewers mind, returning in the moments before sleep or on train journeys through the afternoon.

    Lucy Saggers’ images have the timelessness of cave paintings but, somehow, the modernity of Instagram. Here is a man following a flock of geese; here is someone standing by an empty bier. Here is a woman baking, and we know that the recipe is not in a book but in her head in the voice of her grandma. Here they are: they are us. We share their humanity and they amplify ours.Lucy has captured a place that moves to ancient and unspoken rhythms of sunrise and sunset, of birth and death and the unending dance of the seasons.”  Ian McMillan (2017)
    Lucy has previously been shortlisted for several awards and in 2015 made the second round of the prestigious National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award.

    The exhibition is curated by Andrew Dalton and printed by Joe Cornish on paper provided by Fotospeed. The accompanying exhibition book is funded by Ryedale District Council.

    Exhibition usually closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.  Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    To celebrate our new Hay Meadow interpretation trail, we are working with the wonderful Neil 'Mr Hayrake' Diment. He will be in the meadow from 11am giving talks and scything demonstrations.

    Minibeast Adventure

    Explore the world beneath your feet with Ecologist Rachel Clarke – learn more about the minibeast and enjoy a craft inspired by what we can find in the Meadow.

    This workshop is aimed at age 4+ and their families, but all ages are welcome.

    You can also enjoy a free guided walk from 2 - 4pm and can then head to the Dispensary Café to purchase your Hay Meadow tea!

     

    Minibeast Adventure 4+

     

    Explore the world beneath your feet with Ecologist Rachel Clarke – learn more about the minibeast and enjoy a craft inspired by what we can find in the Meadow.

    This workshop is aimed at age 4+ and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    12.30 - 13.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

     

    Explore the world beneath your feet with Ecologist Rachel Clarke – learn more about the minibeast and enjoy a craft inspired by what we can find in the Meadow.

    This workshop is aimed at age 4+ and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 in advance

    The Drystones are a young (just 21) lively folk duo from Priddy in Somerset playing violin, guitar and whistle, who have made a big splash since they formed in July 11.  The Drystones have played festivals all over the West Country (including Larmer Tree, Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Purbeck and Folk East), and at their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were highlighted by Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 as his "recommendation of the day". According to Living Tradition “to describe their instrumental style as spirited and animated would be akin to asserting that Bellowhead can be quite an energetic band”!
    Photo credit:  Kate Griffin

  • Wed
    18
    Jul
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? 

    Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

    The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    An Oscar winning performance from Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in this retelling of his early days as Prime Minister. This epic drama will transport you to the early days of World War II.

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00 earlybird, £10.00 25 and under

    Music Director John Butt conducts the Dunedin Consort—one of the UK’s leading Baroque ensembles—in Samling Academy Opera’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Henry Purcell’s Come, ye Sons of Art.

    Featuring Samling Artist Tim Morgan as Cupid and Samling Academy Singers, this production is directed by Samling Artist Miranda Wright and choreographed by Mandy Demetriou.

    Don’t miss the chance to witness this double-bill of Blow’s masterpiece, considered the first English opera, and Purcell’s much loved Baroque ode dedicated to Queen Mary.

    Samling Academy Opera is generously supported by The Shears Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, The Barbour Foundation, Newcastle University, Durham University, Sage Gateshead, The Joicey Trust

    Photo credit: Samling Academy singers Rachel Bird and Peter Dunn © Jen Hart, 2017

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00


    If you were an elf, what would you grow?
    Join the wonderful Gemma McColl from Suitcase Studios and be part of this magically creative workshop. All you need to bring is your creativity and Gemma will have everything else you need to create your very own elf garden to take come and watch grow!

    This workshop is aimed at age 4-11 year olds and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018
    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 £5.00, familiy £20.00

    November Club performing arts company bring their storytelling rabble to weave a tale about the residents of their village P L A C E.

    Inspired by folk, traditional music and including Teesdale stories, this is an award-winning show exploring rural life. Performed by a professional cast and musicians, with special appearances from local talent.

    Ceilidh following the performance is included in the ticket price.
    In partnership with Northern Heartlands, one of sixteen Great Place Schemes in the UK funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

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

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018
    3:00 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

    ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, and of course for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he has performed with for over 30 years. Book yourself an Afternoon Tea at The Witham before the show!

    This concert follows on from the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music.

    For this very special concert, André will be offering a lucky winner the ultimate musical love dedication; all cinema-goers will be invited to dedicate one of André’s waltz’s to their loved ones. André will personally select a dedication and he will announce the winner during the concert on both nights.
    The unforgettable concerts that take place in André’s hometown of Maastricht in the Netherlands are a sight to behold. Set against the incredible backdrop of the medieval town square, fans flock annually from all corners of the world to watch André perform with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as sopranos, tenors, and some very special guests. The concerts are packed full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages.

    This annual celebration of music that is like no other is also experienced every year in full by hundreds of thousands of fans across the world from the comfort of their local cinema, also treated to some very special behind the scenes extras.

    Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins hosts the presentation, interviewing fans and soaking up the joyous atmosphere that bursts right through the cinema screen – as well as catching an exclusive chat with André the moment he steps off stage!

    You can also book a delicious Afternoon Tea, 1.30pm - enjoy a scrumptious a selection of scones, cakes and sandwiches with Rington's loose leaf tea and Rounton's Coffee.

  • Wed
    01
    Aug
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    The D Project Dance Company offer a wonderful dance workshop for 4+ years

    Play with scale through movement and dance, interacting with props and letting your imagination run wild as we delve into a world where anything is possible!
    Explore and all things LITTLE, small, intricate and interesting, through movement! All good things come in small parcels. How small can we be? The littlest movement can tell the largest stories and provoke BIG thoughts!

    This workshop is aimed at age 4+ and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018
    6:30 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

    Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.
    Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of truly Shakespearean scope.
    Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.

    This magical, mesmerising new production of [Handel’s] Old Testament-inspired oratorio has the wow factor in spades – music-theatre at its knockout best.’ ★★★★★ Daily Mail
    Composed by George Frideric Handel, sung in English with English subtitles, recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015.

    Conductor, Laurence Cummings
    Director, Barrie Kosky
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    The Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Tue
    07
    Aug
    2018
    18.00 to 19.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Following the success of our last two launches, Barnard Castle's vibrant arts centre iare presenting the exciting autumn season of events directly to you, here at The Witham on Tuesday 7th August from 6pm - 7.00pm.
    If you haven't already, this is also an opportunity to say hello to our fantastic Interim Director, Shelagh Avery and learn from The Witham team not only what's coming up but also have a more indepth understanding about what's programmed and indeed, why!
    So, please join us from 6 - 7pm for the programme launch and also, with the Gallerina 20|twenty exhibition launch running from 6.30pm - 7.30pm, this is your chance to be the first to see that exciting array of artworks too.

    We hope you can make it! Please RSVP to sarah.gent@thewitham.org.uk to let us know if you are able to attend and please spread the word - the more, the merrier!

    Thank you and we will hope to see you here.
    Best wishes,
    Shelagh and The Witham team

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018
    Wed
    29
    Aug
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Celebrating 20 years with twenty paintings commissioned by Gallerina to help champion the North – our landscape, our coast, our people and streets but above all our talent. Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

     

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Ever wandered into a Giant's garden?

    Well, this is your chance to come and grow one at The Witham, working as a team, paint and create a Giant's Garden!

    Join the wonderful Gemma McColl from Suitcase Studios and be part of this magically creative workshop.
    This workshop is aimed at age 4-11 year olds and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    Marvel’s most radical superhero movie and a watershed moment in film making. Thrilling and action packed with stunning performances and score.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Dive into the fun world of the clown where anything is possible.

    Presented by Fun in the Oven theatre company, this workshop is open to those aged from 5 to 105 years.

    Dive into the fun world of the clown where anything is possible.

    A fun family workshop exploring imagination, silliness and play!

  • Tue
    14
    Aug
    2018
    6:30 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 rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.

     

    Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.

    An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.
    Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.
    Composed by Samuel Barber, sung in English with English subtitles.
    Broadcast live from Glyndebourne, with Conductor Jakub Hrůša, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    The D Project Dance Company offer a wonderful dance workshop for 4+ years inspired by all things BIG!

    Play with scale through movement and dance, interacting with props and letting your imagination run wild as we delve into a world where anything is possible!
    Explore all things BIG, grand and spectacular through movement! How can we make ourselves large, how big can we make things collectively. This fun workshop will help build the confidence to be bigger in more ways than one.

    This workshop is aimed at age 4+ and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Wed
    29
    Aug
    2018
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£1.00 adult, £4.00 child

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...this is the moment you've waited for... The world is singing along with the most entertaining movie of the year and now you can too with this special sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman, the Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song. It's your time to shine – have fun, sing loud and 'Come Alive' – It's Showtime.

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

    Regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice.

    Join Jonas Kaufmann this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs from his bestselling album Dolce Vita, in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars.

    120 Mins (including 20 minute interval)

  • Fri
    31
    Aug
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Managerpay what you decide

    Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe.

    A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West of England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.
    Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.
    2018 sees an exciting brand new line up including flautist Luke Phillips-Griffiths fresh from the Newcastle Folk Music circuit, and Alex Bishop – acclaimed folk guitarist and luthier, who both bring an exciting new direction and energy to the groups much loved sound. Busying themselves this spring the band are preparing to hit the road to tour across France, Switzerland and Australia and will return for the summer festival season and a UK tour in November.
    A completely top night out – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
    The musicianship is tight and intense – Songlines

  • Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    11.00 - 14.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The Witham welcomes members of the local community to share feedback and tell The Witham what they like and what could be better.  The Witham Hall Limited Registered Charity Number 1146726

  • Tue
    04
    Sep
    2018
    Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    A collaborative exhibition from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and The Age of No Retirement, inspired by the programme of events within the Great Exhibition of the North

    Society is changing; demographics are changing. One of the major achievements of modern society is that people are living for longer - one in three babies born in the UK today will celebrate their 100th birthday.

    As a society we are starting to realise the potential of this new age – an age where opportunities are vast and we are no longer bound by how old we are. It’s time to challenge existing stereotypes of what it is to be ‘old’; to understand that with a positive vision of ageing we can achieve so much more and to believe that our age does not define us.

    Throughout September the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and The Age of No Retirement are hosting a month-long exhibition: ‘Age Does Not Define Us’. Through inspirational photography, films and a series of talks, in the historic setting of The Witham Art Centre, the personal narratives of people who demonstrate that age cannot and does not define them will encourage us all to radically rethink our understanding of age and ageing today. Living our lives to the full has no age limit. Age Does Not Define Us, is an exhibition for all ages and is key for every moment of our lives. It shows that how many birthdays we have had does not define who we are or how we should be seen. This is about living the best of ourselves, at every step of the way.  Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Wed
    05
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, 16 and under £5.00

    Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award', internationally acclaimed concert pianist Clare Hammond comes to Witham with a programme that showcases the sheer range of expression and imagination possible on the piano. 

    With the romanticism of Rachmaninov’s second piano sonata, stately poise of Haydn’s Sonata in C major and Debussy’s portrayal of a fireworks display in Paris, this promises to be an exhilarating and inspiring evening!

    The programme will include:

    HAYDN - Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:48 (11’)
    MENDELSSOHN - The Bee's Wedding Op. 67, No. 4 (2')
    CHOPIN - Études, Op. 25 (30’)

    INTERVAL

    DEBUSSY - Selection from Préludes (20’ - Voiles, Feuilles mortes, Feux d’artifice, La cathédrale engloutie, Les Collines d’Anacapri)
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (arr. Rachmaninov) - Flight of the Bumblebee (2')
    RACHMANINOV - Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (1931 version) (21’)

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    by Polly Stenham after August Strindberg

    Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

    Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
    This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

  • Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Join popular local artist Anne Mason for a day learning to paint using acrylics or to improve your painting skills.

    The subject for this workshop is the graceful hare who has inspired so many artists. Anne will talk you through how she paints a hare and guide participants in creating their own picture.

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under


    Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. 
    For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.

  • Thu
    13
    Sep
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    From the World's Most Spectacular Opera series, experience the love, laughter and loss of La Bohème at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.  Puccini’s beloved classic – the original bohemian love story – has long captivated audiences around the world. His music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache. With lavish sets and costumes transforming the harbour-top stage into a romantic Paris winter, Opera Australia's glittering production will be an unforgettable delight.

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £15.00 in advance, £12.00 age 16 and under

    FAREWELL TOUR Chilli Enterprises presents the legendary Eddie and the Hot Rods. Standing only.
    The band famed for their top ten hit ""Do Anything You Wanna Do"" will present a high energy stage show that has earned them plaudits from all over the world during some 40 years of touring. Fronted by Barrie Masters this band know how to deliver a solid set that engages their audience, voted one of the Top 100 most influential bands by Mojo Magazine.

    Also introducing our special guests The Thieves: A Young Mod/Indie Band from Bishop Auckland
    Co Durham
    Frankie Dobson - Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter
    Will Mills - Bass / Vocals

    Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as an inspiration for some of the high profile new bands – young Irish rockers, The Strypes being one example. One of the most highly influential and recognisable names from the English Rock scene,
    Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned over 40 years.
    Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy.
    The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style.
    Thanks to this enduring appeal, the band still tour all over the world as well as find time to write and record new material that now joins their classic back catalogue.
    Led as ever by Barrie Masters, the line up of Simon Bowley (drums) Dipster (bass) and Richard Holgarth (guitar) has been on the road almost continuously for the last 14 years, serving up a high energy mix of those classic Eddie & The Hot Rods songs including “Teenage Depression”, “Quit This Town”, “Life On The Line”, “Gloria” and the Top Ten UK “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, alongside newer songs taken from their last two studio albums, including “Better Without You”, “Bad Time Again” and “Why Should I Care”.
    Eddie & The Hot Rods have been seen out and about with Status Quo on their 2012 arena tour and often with old friends like Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood and From The Jam and as well as regular trips to Europe, and have toured the USA on five occasions.
    Whether it’s in an Arena, Theatre, Club or Festival, Eddie & The Hot Rods always deliver a blisteringly energetic blast of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll."

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
    7:15 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

    Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.  The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    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 earlybird

    Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track .

    The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (having studied extensively in France, Sweden and Norway) and their spirited mission to make connections between the music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions. Since the release of their award-winning album Already Home (2015) audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia have been captivated by their live performances; as full-hearted performers and on-stage improvisors - via the adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and percussion - The Rheingans Sisters are a unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage today. Their hotly anticipated third album 'Bright Field' is released in March 2018.

    "Superb" - The Independent

    “Magnificent… music you wish to return to again and again” ★★★★★ - Songlines

    “The Rheingans Sisters enchanted one and all with their reverie on stage” - The Canberra Times

    “Quite simply extraordinary”- fRoots

  • Wed
    26
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    A tale beginning with a remarkable incident on the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. The soldier who escaped from Hitler’s clutches at the last minute was Alex Turner. 
    Four years later his son, Neville Turner, was born in Crook.

    Wolsingham Grammar School and Edinburgh University prepared Neville for a fulfilling career in the veterinary profession, a lifestyle he loved. He often said that for someone with a deep affection for the natural world and the Northern Pennines it was a fabulous way to spend one’s working days.
    However this busy and rewarding professional life was punctuated by serendipitous events which were to enrich his already busy schedule.
    He achieved success as a writer, contributing to many local and national publications. Combined with his pictures, his writing was used in three successful quality “coffee-table” books, “Hill Farmer”, “The Border Collie”, and “The Dales Vet- a working life in pictures”.
    His extensive collection of pictures of the Red Grouse were used by Saatchi and Saatchi in advertising campaigns for a “famous” brand of Scotch whisky.
    His photographic library was used in hundreds of illustrated presentations which in 1996 moved from a parochial level to a global platform. For 22 years he has been in constant demand, presenting his illustrated lectures on cruise ships worldwide. He and his wife Chris have visited over 130 ports in 58 countries, including Bombay, Rio, Tahiti, the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, Auckland, Acapulco, and Zanzibar.

    In his presentation at The Witham, Neville tells how fortunate he has been, and how writing, photography, music making, history, a love of the natural world, and travel, have all contributed to “A Wonderful Life”.

  • Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018
    6:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Vane Women Press presents Barnard Castle's own Judi Sutherland reading from her exciting new book, The Ship Owner's House.  Vane Women Press presents Barnard Castle's own Judi Sutherland reading from her exciting new book, The Ship Owner's House.   Afterwards, Q&A and a chance to buy the book!

  • Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    The Shape of Water is a fantasy drama in which a mute woman working in a research facility develops a relationship with an amphibious creature.

    CAST INCLUDES Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
    DIRECTOR(S) Guillermo del Toro
    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director

  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Northern  Stage's  vivid  and  dynamic  production  relocates  H.G.  Wells'  iconic  novel  to  the  North  East  of  England,  in  an  inventive  re-telling  of  a  sci-fi  classic. 

    In  the  unfathomable  darkness  of  empty  space,  an  invisible missile  starts  its  journey  to  Earth  from  Mars.  And  another.  And  another.  And  another...  Ten  missiles  fired  at  the  unsuspecting  Earth  and  rushing  through  the  empty  gulf  of  space.  Ten  missiles  carrying  an  invading  force  of  Martians,  their  intellects  vast,  cool  and  unsympathetic.  Hour  by  hour,  day  by  day,  closer  and  closer  the  Martians  come,  ready  for  war  and  the  massacre  of  mankind.  The  War  of  The  Worlds charts  the  fortunes  of  a  band  of  survivors  as  they  become  refugees  in  their  own  country,  forced  to  flee  from  an  unknown  and  unprovoked  enemy,  and  battle  against  the  devastation  and  destruction  of  their  planet.  Northern  Stage's  vivid  and  dynamic  production  relocates  H.G.  Wells'  iconic novel  to  the  North  East  of  England,  in  an  inventive
    re-telling  of  a  sci-fi  classic.

    "Laura  Lindow’s  adaptation  of  the  sci-fi  classic  is  a  thrilling  parable  of  complacency  that  allows  a  brilliant  cast  to  shine”
    The  Guardian  ★★★★

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, under 18 £4.00, family £20.00

    A spectacular new show featuring live music and contemporary dance, based on familiar rock and pop songs.  With talented young local soloists, and youth and adult choirs.

  • Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018
    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

    Humanist hymns, ancient Chinese poems, feminist battle cries, and the title track’s reflections on the rise of racism in Britain make this Bella’s most wide reaching and richly rewarding album to date.  Bella Hardy, acclaimed songwriter and traditional music luminary, released Hey Sammy in November 2017, a record that bears the stamps of extensive musical expeditions far from home.

    This autumn, Bella takes to the road with only her two fiddles and harmonium for company, stripping back the instrumentation from her latest record to return the songs to their newly written forms, and performing solo with the ‘Hey Sammy’ Acoustic Tour.

    Bella Hardy, BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014, found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught “fiddle singer”, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting, released ten years ago, established her reputation as a songwriter when her first original composition Three Black Feathers earned a BBC Folk Award nomination.

    Bella has since become a regular on radio and television, notably singing solo in a sold-out Albert Hall at the Proms. She’s written and recorded with everyone from Beautiful South founder David Rotheray to folk luminary Eliza Carthy, and performed with the great Mary Chapin Carpenter on her UK tours. Her seven-week residency in the Chinese city of Kunming was arranged by the British Council and the PRS For Music Foundation and resulted in the 2017 recording and release of Eternal Spring - an album of songs and poetry made in collaboration with Chinese singers and musicians.

    It seems entirely fitting that Bella Hardy should mark a decade of remarkable recordings with the exceptional step forward that is Hey Sammy.

    The Peak District troubadour springs another surprise… her eye for a bittersweet lyric hasn’t deserted her” - The Sunday Times

    Inspired by feminism, racism, and international travels, this is an accessible proposition, reaching out, standing tall” - The Guardian

    She relocated to Nashville, dividing her time between songwriting and working as a ranch hand; and the city of Kunming, in Yunnan Province, on assignment for the British Council. Her new album, Hey Sammy, bears the marks of both of those foreign stints.” - The Financial Times

    There are many levels on which to admire Bella Hardy. That voice, of course – so vulnerable, exposed and unadorned... but, as we first discovered with Three Black Feathers, she’s also one of the best songwriters of her generation” - fRoots

    "A voice that can by turns soar, seduce, sigh and sparkle, Hardy's performances can't be faulted” - R2 Magazine

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide

    When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover really her lifelong dream?

    One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a city obsessed with sex and screens, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where the expectations of love and lust are ever-changing.

    Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is the latest gig theatre production from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

    Middle Child are a Hull-based company creating gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas. They tell untold stories which capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops, mixing original live music with bold new writing.

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    No prior experience is needed for this fantastic workshop, this is all suitable for both beginners and the more experienced.  

    Aim of the session:
    To design two 7x7 cm lino blocks which can be thought about before the session; or I can supply a choice of designs that can be used.
    We will transfer the designs to lino blocks and carve this out with lino cutting tools.
    When the lino block is cut we will take a print onto paper initially to see if we are happy or if there are other areas that we wish to cut away before printing onto the bag.
    We will then choose a colour to print and transfer the print onto the tote bags.
    The ink that we will use is easy to clean up with soap and water.
    Once printed the bags will take a few day to dry and will then will need to be fixed with a warm
    Ideal Christmas gift !!

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

    TeesdaleArtNet's second exhibition at the Witham will feature work from over 30 artists and makers all living or working in Teesdale, and will run alongside our autumn open studios event. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a rich variety of art and high quality craftwork all produced in our beautiful dale - and maybe buy something really special for Christmas. Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    A Fantastic Woman is Chilean drama in which a transgender woman struggles to adapt after the death of her boyfriend. CAST INCLUDES Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera.  This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
    "Exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice." -- Variety.
    Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, 16 and under £12.00

    Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!

    103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts. Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!

    The 60th Anniversary Tour will be broadcast LIVE to your local cinema on Friday 12 October 2018, with special encore screenings on Sunday 14 October in celebration of Cliff's 78th birthday. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits across six decades, this will be Cliff Richard's most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

  • Mon
    15
    Oct
    2018
    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

    DANGEROUS  DESIRES,  FAMILY  SECRETS  AND  POLITICAL  INTRIGUES  TWIST  THROUGH  EVERY  MOMENT  OF  DARING  CHOREOGRAPHY  IN  KENNETH  MACMILLAN’S  BALLET  INSPIRED  BY  TRUE  EVENTS.

    Mayerling  is  a  classic  of  the  Royal  Ballet  repertory,  with  its  emotional  depth,  haunting  imagery,  and  one  of  the  most  demanding  roles  ever  created  for  a  male  dancer.  Kenneth  MacMillan  choreographed  a  complex  work  around  the  psychologically  tormented  heir  to  the  Habsburg  Empire,  Crown  Prince  Rudolf.  From  the  ballet’s  start,  the  glamour  of  the  Austro-Hungarian  court  is  contrasted  with  undercurrents  of  sexual  and  political  intrigue  that  drive  the  story  to  its  violent  climax  in  a  double  suicide.  The  large  cast  allows  for  impressive  ensembles  in  addition  to  the  ballet's  many  solos  of  distinctive  character  and  pas  de  deux  of  disturbing  eroticism.  This  ballet,  bursting  with  intensity,  madness  and  passion,  proves  that  sometimes  the  truth  is  more  scandalous  than  fiction.
    CHOREOGRAPHY  KENNETH  MACMILLAN, MUSIC  FRANZ  LISZTARRANGED  AND  ORCHESTRATED  BY  JOHN  LANCHBERY

  • Wed
    17
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide.

    Rachel wants to tell you a story. A true story. The story of the dancing plague of 1518. A story of 100s of women dancing in the streets. And not stopping.

    She also wants to tell you that in 2018 everybody is welcome on our streets, she has great comebacks to cat calls and spends most of her time feeling safe.
    But she can’t do that because, she said she’d tell the truth. She’ll do that instead.

    Told with tenderness and a racing heartbeat that echos the B.P.Ms of the tracks on your playlists titled ‘Guilty Pleasures.’

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 in advance

    Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and 2016.

    Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook and Sarah Jarosz .

    As well as playing solo, Luke also performs as a Duo or Trio. In addition to the UK, he regularly tours across Europe playing in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany and in 2016 and 2017 visited the USA to play at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas. Luke has completed several joint headline tours with Grammy Award winning songwriter Amy Wadge, with Folk Award winning duo Greg Russel and Ciaran Algar and American singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe.

    Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over, and he remains a prolific songwriter in demand across the United Kingdom and Europe.

    About Willy Porter
    Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. He has literally logged millions of miles across America, Canada, the UK, and Europe, touring solo, as well as with various incarnations of the Willy Porter Band and in support of artists like Tori Amos, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, Sting, and Jeff Beck.
    Porter’s journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events-- equal parts grit, soul, and muscle--that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.
    In addition to making a life in music, Willy makes an impact in the local and global communities he visits. He has supported food sustainability, international peace efforts, and domestic assault advocacy for various organizations as well as promoting messages of inclusivity and service through his music and partnerships.
    Willy Porter lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and their dog Beagle/Terrier, Charlie.

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide.

    Presented by Opera North, in partnership with Northern Heartlands.   If you haven’t been to a live opera, this bite-sized version is for you. Opera North’s lively singers and accordionist introduce the fascinating world of opera in this live, interactive experience. 30 mins, followed by a Q&A.

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    Come and explore the dark skies and stars creatively with artist Gemma McColl from Suitcase Studios as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival.  Enjoy learning how to paint on silk and create your very own constellation to take home!

    This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival (20 October to 4 November 2018). For information on other events in the programme, visit  www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk 

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, under 18 £5.00, family £25.00

    Headlining the 2018 North Pennines Stargazing Festival, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE will be looking at the wonders of space and what it can teach us, and will also offer insights into the world of space exploration and a perspective on women in science and engineering.

    As well as fronting The Sky at Night, Maggie has appeared in many programmes, including Stargazing Live, The Science of Doctor Who, and In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World.

    She is an engaging and passionate speaker whose enthusiasm for science and learning is infectious. This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival (20 October to 4 November 2018). For information on other events in the programme, visit  www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk 

  • Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    National Theatre Live: King Lear By William Shakespeare.  Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

    Evening Standard ‘With finely measured intelligence McKellen traces Lear’s inexorable movement from pomp via rage and shambolic delirium to melancholy tenderness and the agony of belated self-knowledge.’★★★★★

    Metro ‘In Jonathan Munby’s thriller-paced and intimate production, McKellen meticulously explores Lear’s delusions of grandeur. The transformation from monarch to shuffling wreck is a complete portrait of decline, not just of a man, but of a nation too.’★★★★

    I Newspaper ‘When a performance is as voraciously anticipated as Ian McKellen’s portrayal of King Lear there is an inevitable risk that reality must defeat expectation. But McKellen does not disappoint…. The modern setting, raw and visually potent, reinforces the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s emotional truth.’★★★★★

    The Times ‘Nuanced and powerful.’★★★★

    Guardian ‘Smart, lucid, superbly detailed.’ ★★★★

    The Stage ‘This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.’★★★★★

    Evening Standard ‘Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.’★★★★★

    Independent ‘Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear.’★★★★★

    Daily Telegraph ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’★★★★★

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12 in advance

    Chilli Enterprises proudly presents live in concert the acclaimed singer songwriter Ady Johnson.

    Ady is an inventive songwriter who's ebullient on stage delivery of life affirming and romantic songs has resulted in numerous festival performances including Latitude and the Cambridge Rock festival.  Ady joins us at The Witham fresh from a tour with Ivor Novello award winning musician Scott Matthews.
    Earlier this year Ady released a new album to critical acclaim: "London Songs which follows his debut album Tell The Worry Dolls...might well be the first contender for album of the year....deserves to be massive"....9/10 Press Association.

    BBC 6 music Tom Robinson recently conducted a live interview with Ady proclaiming ""He's damn good live""

    Special guests for the night include local musicians, Andy Yeadon and Moray Nellis who will perform songs from their new album The Beast Below as well as the excellent Robin Koob on violin.

    A great live show, not to be missed.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £5.00 age 16 and under

    A fundraising concert from the Barnard Castle Brass Band in support of the Investing In The Witham Appeal

    The Barnard Castle Band are delighted to support The Witham and will be delivering a program filled with a variety of pieces to entertain a wide audience.

    Andrew Nicholson has been conducting the band for about two years, the band are experiencing an upturn in enthusiasm and commitment which is to the credit of all the members of the band, the band room is a happy place to be.

    New members have joined and new members are always welcome.

  • Wed
    31
    Oct
    2018
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00 adult, £6.00 child, £22.00 family

    Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t.  Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

  • Thu
    01
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    Journeys End

    JOURNEY'S END is a British war drama, set in 1918, in which a company of British soldiers await their fate as the German army prepare an offensive. 

    CAST INCLUDES Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge
    ""Powerful, passionate and superbly acted"" - Guardian
    ""An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter.""  - EMPIRE"

  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018
    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

    Mairearad (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna (guitar, banjo and fiddle) are an instantly captivating duo with a warm and friendly stage presence who offer a highly energetic performance. 

    Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level , creating “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman).
    Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Castle Players present Terence Rattigan's story of love & duty, courage & fear.  Set in 1942, on the Lincolnshire coast, interweaving the experiences and decisions of three couples against a backdrop of war time uncertainty, The Castle Players bring to life this classic inspired by Rattigan's time in the RAF.

    When Winston Churchill saw Flare Path in '43 'he said he was very much moved by this play. It is a masterpiece of understatement... But we are rather good at that, aren't we?

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    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.  Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England

  • Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    In honour of the centenary of World War I, Conductor Simon Dearsley presents Elgar’s ‘The Spirit of England’ and Bliss’s ‘Morning Heros’

    Barnard Castle School Festival Orchestra
    Barnard Castle School Choral Society
    Soprano: Philippa Dearsley
    Narrator: Rory Thompson Barnard Castle School Festival Orchestra

  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018
    Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    In the year of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Highlights Contemporary Craft tour addresses the pertinent theme of conflict, which affects our communities locally, nationally and internationally.  In rural environments issues of conservation versus agriculture and industry, of rewilding versus farming are often in the news.  In the global environment the devastating effect of war on individuals and communities and culture and the subsequent refugee crisis; and finally, conflicts in relationships and families, personal and professional.

    Our artists are carefully selected to bring you the most exciting work being made on the contemporary art scene in the UK and abroad.  They include:

    • Conrad Atkinson - Ceramic Land Mine
    • Paul Scott - Cumbrian Blue(s) Ceramics
    • Mark Gibbs - Mixed Media Sculptures
    • Mujahid Abu Aljoud - Film
    • Sumi Perera - Mixed Media Assemblages
    • Laura Moreton-Griffiths - Canvas Weapon Replicas and Film
    • Elisabeth Turrell - Enamel and Mixed Media
    • Morwenna Catt - Textile Installation
    • Eva Mileusnic - Ceramic Installation
    • Rhiannon Lewando - Earthenware and Porcelain
    • Mathew Day - The Sculptural potential of prosthetic limbs
    • Johanna Tornqvist - Project Precious Trash

    For the first time, we will also be collaborating with Aileen Brindle of  ‘f.o.a.k’ who has worked in the international craft sector for over 30 years. Together we have curated a collection of global handmade design connected to the theme of craft and conflict. This will include work from refugees affected by conflict supported by the UNHCR MADE51 programme.

    THE GALLERY IS USUALLY CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS

  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018
    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

    NATALIA  MAKAROVA’S  PRODUCTION  OF  THIS  19TH-CENTURY  CLASSIC  BALLET  BRINGS  AN  EXOTIC  WORLD  OF  TEMPLE  DANCERS  AND  NOBLE  WARRIORS  TO  LIFE

    Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

    CHOREOGRAPHY  NATALIA  MAKAROVA  AFTER  MARIUS  PETIPA
    MUSIC  LUDWIG  MINKUS
    ORCHESTRATED  BY  JOHN  LANCHBERY"

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

    Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

    Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare's home town.

    The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

    Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida's uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

    With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Morwenna Catt works between Norway and the UK and is an artist working across media with a specialism in textiles.  Using her evocative installation Sweethearts & Sandbags in Craft+Conflict as inspiration, she will help you create your own personal embroidered maps with text and images

    Morwenna will provide some images, texts about conflict and resolution and a variety of vintage fabrics to help us think about the journey of conflict in an abstract or personal way or to home in on historical or current narratives.

    Participants can email their images and lines of text in advance to be printed onto silk or cotton.  Morwenna will also bring her camera/laptop/printer and do them on site.  Feel free to bring your own sewing boxes, sewing machines and any fabrics or you wish to use.  We will also work by hand on embroidery hoops.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    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
    22
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    22
    Dec
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Three Teesdale artists, Sharon Loddey, Jane Young and Ann Whitfield join together with singer/songwriter Alice May exploring life’s pathways. Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018
    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

    Hannah James has been an unmatched force of innovation in British folk for nearly two decades.

    A multi-faceted performer, James’ virtuosic talent spans all her four disciplines: singer, accordionist, composer and clog dancer. She has amassed an international touring career, multiple award nominations, and credits in some of Britain’s most respected folk projects, including Lady Maisery and Songs of Separation.

    In 2015, James introduced her one-woman show, JigDoll. This innovative debut reinvented the notion of solo performance by combining all James’ disciplines simultaneously for an immersive, unforgettable song and dance experience. Utilising cutting-edge looping technology with vocal, accordion and composition skill, a multi-layered soundscape was woven onstage, providing the backdrop for James’ spellbinding fusion of traditional and wholly original dance.

    Now, the JigDoll Ensemble sees James enhanced by three masters of their instrument: percussionist András Des (Hungary), fiddle player Kate Young (Scotland), and bassist Marti Tarn (Estonia) perfectly articulate James’ visionary ideas for song, tune and dance. The resulting live masterpiece debuted  at 2017’s English Folk Expo, gaining an awestruck standing ovation from distinguished folk industry professionals from around the globe. The JigDoll Ensemble is set to stun audiences when it tours in 2018.

  • Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager

    "Allelujah!" by Alan Bennett ‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent.  Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
    The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
    Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
    Letterpress graphic by Alan Kitching, art directed by Michael Mayhew."

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters.

    “Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018
    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.  Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018
    5:00 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

    Barnard Castle School Presents Messiah

    Celebrate the start of festive season with Handel’s Messiah sung by Barnard Castle School Choral Society with Barnard Castle School Festival Orchestra,
    Soprano Philippa Dearsley, Alto Tamsin Davidson, Tenor Austin Gunn and Bass Neil Turnbull.

  • Wed
    05
    Dec
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    The  past  and  the  present  are  about  to  collide.  Jonathan  has  recently  moved  into  a  care  home.  His  mind  is  deteriorating  and  reality  becoming  confused,  but  one  memory  stays  strong  -  the  one  memory he  wishes  to  forget.

    A  present  is  left,  a  book,  a  copy  of  Dickens'  The  Haunted  Man  with  an  inscription  from  Jonathan's  past  sparking  a  ghostly  visitation,  a  Phantom  offering  an  irresistible  gift  -  the  gift  of  forgetting.  The  true  cost  of  the  Phantom’s  gift  soon  shows  itself  as  the  book  and  Jonathan’s  life  merge.  With  the  help  of  the  chaotic  Tetterbys,  the  Wild-Boy,  the  gentle Milly  and  a  host  of  other  Dickensian  characters,  Jonathan  sets  out  to  find  a  genuine,  lasting  peace  and  learn  the  true  value  of  memory  and  love.
    Kindred  Theatre’s  atmospheric  production  of  love,  loss  and  friendship  is  a  blend  of  candlelight,  shadows,  music  and  theatrical  storytelling  perfect  for  those  autumn  &  winter  evenings.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

    Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
    Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child, £22.00 family

    The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science. Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy...   Squashbox Theatre's new show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings! 

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
    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

    The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

    MUSIC  PYOTR  IL’YICH  TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOREOGRAPHY  PETER  WRIGHT AFTER  LEV  IVANOV

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £5.00 age 16 and under

    Antiques, art, cars and tv: live and unscripted.  A  live and unscripted talk by David Harper. Bring a question or an antique for evaluation!

  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018
    18.00 - 19.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Join us for the launch of The Witham's Spring programme 2019... 

    FREE ADMISSION - OPEN INVITATION

    With a host of events across a wide range of genres from January to April 2019, learn more about what you can look forward next season in this presentation showcasing the best of what's in store.

    From exciting theatre (including the Dad's Army Radio Show on Tuesday 26 March 2019, pictured here) to live music (including fantastic folk to the UK's best David Bowie tribute band, Jean Genie), the next season presents more of what our audience have come to love at Barnard Castle's community arts centre.

    It also includes a blend of fresh events in response to public feedback, including films selected by our public poll and matinee screenings of Classic films.

    We hope you can join is and please do tell your friends.

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Christmas  simply  wouldn’t  be  Christmas  without  a  visit  to  26  Oil  Drum  Lane  to  catch  up  with  the  nation’s  favourite  rag-and-bone-men  and  indulge  in  some  classic,  festive  misadventures! 

    Albert  and  Harold  – united  by  blood,  divided  over  everything  else  – seem  doomed  to  spend  Christmas  in  each other’s  company.  But  Harold  has  his  flights  of  fancy...including  a  flight  he  fancies  abroad  or  to  throw  the  biggest  Christmas  party  London’s  ever  had  to  offer!  His  “dzirty  old  man” Albert,  of  course,  has  other  ideas...Who  wouldn’t  want  to  spend  Christmas  as  Mrs.  Boxwood’s  B&B  in  Bognor Regis  anyway??  These  much-loved  episodes  of  classic  comedy  from  Ray  Galton  and  Alan  Simpson  have  been  freshly  adapted  for  the  stage  and  are  presented  by  Hambledon  Productions  – the  company  behind  the  recent  sell-out  successes ’“Just  Like  That!  The  Tommy  Cooper  Show” and  “Steptoe  and  Son”

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
    Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
    The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
    It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    1:30 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

    Enh National Ballet Akram Khan’s Giselle.  Filmed  live  at  the  Liverpool  Empire  in  October  2017

    Hailed  as  ‘a  masterpiece  of  21st  century  dance'  from  English  National  Ballet,  Akram  Khan’sGiselle  comes  to  cinemas  for  the  first  time  in  2018,  giving  ballet  fans  the  opportunity  to  see  this  award-winning  production  in  glorious  high  definition  on  the  big  screen.  One  of  the  greatest  romantic  ballets,  Giselle has  been  re-imagined  by  celebrated  choreographer  Akram  Khan  with  Artistic  Director  and  Lead  Principal  of  English  National  Ballet,  Tamara  Rojo,  dancing  the  role  of  Giselle,  one  of  a  community  of  migrant  workers  cast  out  of  their  jobs  in  a  condemned  garment  factory.

  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is a mystery drama in which a renowned detective's holiday is interrupted when a murder is committed aboard the train on which he is travelling.

    CAST INCLUDES Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Tom Bateman, Miranda Raison
    DIRECTOR(S) Kenneth Branagh
    "Kenneth Branagh’s lavish, all-star take on the Agatha Christie classic is endearingly nostalgic" - Guardian"

  • Fri
    21
    Dec
    2018
    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 in advance

    A beautiful blend of original and traditional songs drawn from her folk background combine to inspire and celebrate the festive season.  From humble beginnings in a rural farm shop in 2012 Emily has honed a unique, family friendly Christmas night out. In 2016 she released the accompanying album from which her song ‘Find Hope’ was play-listed on BBC Radio 2. Her material has also been featured on BBC Songs of Praise Christmas special.

    Sing along with traditional carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring.

    Joined by her band on guitars, fiddles & vocals.

    Beautiful…my new favourite Christmas song  Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2
    The freshest sounding folk album in an age  Sunday Express ****

  • 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

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Come dancing!

    A dancing lesson accessible for everyone who would like to learn to dance. Starting with the social Fox Trot, the class 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 and water will be provided.

  • 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
    10.00 to 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    A fantastic collection of books for sale. All books will be sold for a donation to The Witham in memory of the late Julia Wright, a wonderful volunteer, supporter and Friend of The Witham.

    You can also meet our fantastic volunteer team and find out what is involved in being a volunteer at The Witham community arts centre.

    From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 28th September.

     

  • 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.

  • Wed
    02
    Oct
    2019
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Come dancing!

    A dancing lesson accessible for everyone who would like to learn to dance. Starting with the social Fox Trot, the class 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 and water will be provided.

  • Thu
    03
    Oct
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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

  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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.

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £7.00

    Lie down and look at the sky through your toes!  Can you see the world from upside down?

    Can you hear the stars?

    Jump onto a soft cloud and feel the wind whirling and whispering as two dancers make the space around you twist and turn. Everything is changing.

    Look up or move a little closer, you may catch a glimpse if a shape, a figure or someone in the sky. Everything is in motion in this lyrical piece of dance theatre for the very young.

    Coming to The Witham as part of the TakeOff Festival, England’s leading festival of theatre for children and young people, returns 21-26 October 2019 across County Durham. Ages 2-4 years

    To book, please visit Theatre Hullabaloo’s website https://www.theatrehullabaloo.org.uk/

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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.

  • Sat
    02
    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Tue
    05
    Nov
    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 £12.00, 11 and under £10.00

    From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.
    The Royal Ballet

    Music: Dmitry Shostakovich | Edward Elgar | Alexander Glazunov

    Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan | Frederick Ashton | Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Approx. 3 hours

  • 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

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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.

  • Sat
    23
    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

    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.

  • 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
    Sat
    21
    Dec
    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 is a joyful exhibition for the Christmas season by 3 Teesdale artists, Ann Whitfield, Jane Young and Jen Wyse.

    Ann draws her inspiration from the wildness of the Northern landscape: hills and dales or the rocky foreshores of the North East coast: the wild places, ravaged by time and weather.

    Jane’s art practice has evolved around colour and how it affects her emotions. She experiments with a variety of mediums and colour, as a vehicle in itself, is fundamental. Her walks by the river Tees are a never ending source of inspiration.

    Working from her studio in beautiful Teesdale, Jen likes to draw on life’s experiences as she conveys her love of nature on canvas.

    The gallery is usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Thu
    28
    Nov
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • 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!)

  • Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    With nights drawing in, bring a little light to a dark December evening and come to a talk, A Victorian history of the candle, at The Witham.
    The talk is illuminated with practical demonstrations to show the structure of candle flames and is based on a series of six Christmas lectures given by Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution in London in 1860/1. Some of the famous Victorian scientist’s demonstrations are recreated and reveal the fascination of that everyday object, the candle. There will also be opportunities for the audience to examine lit candles close up and to try some of the simpler experiments.
    The Victorians are noted for their enthusiasm for ‘natural philosophy’ – chemistry and physics in today’s terminology – and organisations such as the Mechanics’ Institute arranged lectures and talks that were very popular and attracted large audiences on many subjects. The Witham was built more than 170 years ago as a home for events such as these. Continuing that long and fine tradition, this talk will be held on Tuesday, 3rd December at 7pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Dec
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    05
    Dec
    2019
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00

    BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band.

    As the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB in New York City and have actually toured the UK with one of Blondie’s founding members, legendary and celebrated drummer Clem Burke, to celebrate 40 years since the release of Blondie’s iconic album, Parallel Lines.

    Debbie Harris and Bootleg Blondie have played major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe including the Isle of  Wight Festivalthe 100 Club, the Hammersmith Palais, the Electric Ballroom London, and have opened for The UndertonesSladeHazel O’ConnorBananaramaDavid Essex and Chas and Dave!

    Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie bombshell and, like her heroine, is typically outrageous on stage. Debbie’s pride & joy is her guitar which she plays at every show and is signed by all the Blondie band members.
    She performed on two shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000 applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ hosted by Paddy McGuinness which attracted an audience of 10 million viewers!

    Good luck with your show!’ DEBBIE HARRY

    Due to demand this is now a standing only event  |  Running time: approximate 2 hours.

     

  • Sun
    08
    Dec
    2019
    2:30 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

    Stephen Raine is an artist who is inspired to bring music to an all-encompassing audience. Born in Durham, Stephen began studying music at the age of 6.

    He first played the Piano Accordion and performed frequently in concerts and festivals throughout his childhood. He began studying the piano after being inspired by hearing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and includes Bach in many of his performances. Stephen graduated from the London College of Music in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree and a Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM) diploma in Piano Performance.

  • Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 16 and under £12.00, age 11 and under £10.00

    A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2019
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    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 Noël Coward

    Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.
    As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.
    Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

    12A TBC
    Running time: 180 minutes (TBC)

  • Fri
    13
    Dec
    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

    For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines.

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £10.00 with mulled wine and mincepies

    Join us for a feast of Christmas Music featuring the lively community choir, noaddedsugar with vocal ensemble Carilon and the ever-popular all-female group, Concordia.

    Enjoy carol old and new and join in with some traditional favourites!

    There is an option to book your mulled wine and mince pie in advance. Give yourself to a lovely Christmas treat.

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019
    from 10.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Come and enjoy a wonderful Christmas experience at The Witham this festive season. 30 minute session.

    Our Father Christmas sessions give the family the chance to only meet Father Christmas in his reindeer-pulled caravan but also enjoy a craft session where they can make a gift to takeaway.  Each session is 30 minutes and they are from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 14 or 21 December – please book your slot on the website (or at the box office)

  • 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

  • Wed
    18
    Dec
    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

    The Real Story of A Christmas Carol
    Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

    Oh no he wasn’t! Bah! Dead? Humbug, Mr.Dickens! Dead? As sure as the clothes moths in my wardrobe have be-shredded my best nightcap, Marley was not dead but rather sitting on some sun-soaked, off-shore beach squandering all the hard-earned money that he had so fraudulently embezzled from my firm over the years! Dead? Bah!

    You know nothing Mr.Dickens! YOU are a fraud sir – an embezzler of the truth! A fake news-smith! A charlatan… Charlatan Dickens! Bah!”

    In this revelatory exclusive, Ebeneezer Scrooge opens his Diary to expose the awful truth about Tiny Tim, the Fezziwigs, Jacob Marley… and that disgustingly jolly, gluttonous, consumer-driven Ghost of Christmas Present… as he reveals the truth behind a Christmas Carol and the vengeful, slanderous, upstart author of that novel.

    Why not ruin someone’s Christmas and buy them a ticket as an early Present!
    Running time: 90 minutes plus interval

  • Thu
    19
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, age 16 andun der or film club member £4.00

    George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
    “The kind of experience movies were invented for… James Stewart’s journey to despair and back warms the cockles like nothing else.“

  • Sat
    21
    Dec
    2019
    from 10.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Come and enjoy a wonderful Christmas experience at The Witham this festive season. 30 minute session.

    Our Father Christmas sessions give the family the chance to only meet Father Christmas in his reindeer-pulled caravan but also enjoy a craft session where they can make a gift to takeaway.  Each session is 30 minutes and they are from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 14 or 21 December – please book your slot on the website (or at the box office)

  • Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10 16 and under

    42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (★★★★★ Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (★★★★★ Times). Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s West End. Starring national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock and featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money and Lullaby Of Broadway, this is pure musical magic on the big screen.
    ★★★★★ ‘Achingly beautiful revival of an American classic’   THE TELEGRAPH
    ★★★★   ‘Quality Street’   DAILY MAIL
    (Cert TBC)   |   Running time: 142 minutes  (one interval)

  • Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020
    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 under 16

    André Rieu invites cinema audiences around the world to join in his birthday celebrations!
    The Maestro is turning 70 and throwing a lavish birthday party at his castle in Maastricht – during the celebrations André will talk to cinema host Charlotte Hawkins about his life and music.

    André Rieu 70 Years Young is his ultimate concert featuring musical highlights chosen by the maestro himself. This unique anniversary event will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world to André’s most amazing concerts such as Schönbrunn in Vienna, Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Royal Coronation Concert in Amsterdam.

    Join the party screened to The Witham and bring your friends to kick off the New Year in style with the most wonderful music from the King of the Waltz.
    Don’t miss out!

  • Thu
    09
    Jan
    2020
    Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Teesdale School are delighted to showcase the work of their talented students.

    This exciting exhibition will display work from students of all ages and exhibit a range of media and techniques.

    Students have been inspired by a wide range of themes, including the natural environment and industrial heritage of the area. The outstanding work produced is a reflection of the hard work and talent of our fantastic students.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Thu
    09
    Jan
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Sat
    11
    Jan
    2020
    10:00 amWitham 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 an adult ballet class inspired by The Sleeping Beauty. 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 Royal Opera House screening of The Sleeping Beauty at The Witham on Thursday 16 January at 7.15pm.

    Book all three Saturday dance workshops this season and receive £2 off per workshop, making them £8 each!

  • Sun
    12
    Jan
    2020
    2:30 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

    Formed in 2013, the Meraki Duo enjoys exploring the diversity of repertoire available to the flute-guitar pairing while contributing arrangements of their own. Both studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, sharing a passion for chamber music that extends to jazz, Latin American and European folk, and works by contemporary composers.

    They love performing in a wide variety of venues, recently including St James’s, Piccadilly, Wigmore Hall, for Swaledale Festival and Bridgewater Hall for Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend. They are Live Music Now artists and Selected Artists for Making Music for 2020-21.

  • Thu
    16
    Jan
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    16
    Jan
    2020
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12 under 16, £10, under 11

    This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946.

    A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.

    This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

    The Royal Ballet
    Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
    Choreography: Marius Petipa
    Conductor: Simon Hewett
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Approx. running time: about 3 hours

  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020
    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

    In the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop, Little Nell Trent waits for her ailing grandfather’s return. Each night he leaves her all alone, disappearing into a secret shadowy world of seedy gaming houses and sleazy gambling dens. Already deep in debt to the stunted, lecherous and demonic money-lender Daniel Quilp, Nell’s grandfather clings on to the hope that his luck must surely change? But it never does, and when his shop is seized, grandfather and Little Nell are forced to flee. On their journey they meet some of Dickens’s greatest comic and grotesque creations. But will they evade the lustful clutches of the loathsome Quilp?
    Join us to find out…the chase is on!

  • Wed
    22
    Jan
    2020
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Back due to popular demand! Come dancing!

    Everyone welcome, including total beginners.

    Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence and some basic Salsa.

    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.

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour.

    Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Screening as a special one-night-only event, Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.

    Prior to retiring in 2016 following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, Connolly toured worldwide continuously for 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10 million. The Sex Life of Bandages is a big screen tribute to an iconic funny-man whose sharp wit and anarchic storytelling is still as hilarious as ever.

    ★★★★ ‘Can he still hold an audience in his thrall – warm us, cheer us, tickle us? Abso – Billy – lutely!‘ The Telegraph

    ★★★★ ‘Beautifully funny‘ The Guardian
    ★★★★ ‘Connolly has still got his funny bones‘ The Evening Standard

    (18 TBC) | Running time: 130 minutes

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00

    Blast away those January blues and celebrate Burns Night in style at The Witham with music, dancing, whisky and haggis! We’re marking the birthday of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland, in style in 2020.  Live music and ceilidh is provided by the fabulous Angels of the North, and a haggis neeps & tatties supper washed down with a wee dram of whisky will keep you on your feet all night.
    Kilt’s optional!

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020
    7:45 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 16 and under £12.00, age 11 and under £10.00

    Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

    The Royal Opera
    Music: Giacomo Puccini
    Director: Richard Jones
    Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
    Starring: Sonya Yoncheva, Charles Castronovo, Andrzej Filończyk

    (12A as live) | Approx. 2hrs 30mins

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00 film club members £4.00

    What if you were the only man on Earth able to remember the iconic music of The Beatles?
    A collaboration up there with Lennon-McCartney, Yesterday is the brain child of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually).

    As full of soul and heart as any of the Liverpool lads best tracks, this is an hilarious story of finding your own voice. Jack’s (Himesh Patel) career as a singer-songwriter is not going well. His friend Ellie (Lily James) thinks he’s got talent, but no one else agrees. But after a mysterious blackout, it turns out he’s the only one who can recall the Fab Four’s back catalogue. With the iconic songs in his arsenal, he becomes world famous, but at what cost?

    Running time: 113 mins

  • Fri
    31
    Jan
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£17.00

    “What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.

    The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

    40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

    He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005.

    Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

    Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

    He was also nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018

    Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste.” Stephen Fearing

  • Thu
    06
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN