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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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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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What's On at Witham Hall Barnard Castle

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On Tuesday the 11th of October 2016 until 21 February 2017
19:30 A Brief History of Theatre (16 sessions)
One of two great courses by Laurence Sach, performing arts lecturer and freelance writer and director. A Brief History of Theatre An informal 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 & Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre. The course consists of sixteen sessions (7.30pm - 9.30pm) between Tuesday 11th October and Tuesday 21st February. A Brief History of Twenthieth Century Theatre Part Two This course traces the development of 20th century theatre from the influential writers of the Edwardian period to the role played by the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. The course takes a thematic approach with topics including American Theatre, Musicals, Theatre at War, Irish Theatre and Censorship and the Theatre and examines the contributions of significant practitioners including Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook and Matthew Bourne. The course consists of sixteen sessions (10am - midday) between Wednesday 12th October and Wednesday 22nd February. Either course can be studied first. Each session will comprise an illustrated talk followed by a group discussion of that day's topic. There will be a mid-session break for refreshments. The courses are present by Laurence Sach, a performing arts lecturer and freelance writer and director. Price £120 per course (£100 per course if booked by July 31st)
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£120.00 16 session www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 01st of November 2016 until 31 December 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Inquisitive Infants (0-5) every Tuesdayonly
Creative sessions for 0-5 year olds. Come and explore in this creatively nurturing session, to engage children's minds, hands and imaginations. Weekly activities will help encourage and develop: • self confidence • problem solving skills • dexterity, gross and fine motor skills • social and emotional awareness Ticket includes a drink and biscuit for children and a 10% discount in The Dispensary Cafe. Email Gemma at: suitcasestudiouk@gmail.com
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£500, £3.00 additional sibblings
On Thursday the 08th of December 2016 until 20 December 2016
Teesdale Christmas Art Fair
Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays. The Teesdale Christmas Art Fair at The Witham will present an exciting opportunity to buy unique works of art created by some of the most exciting, regional fine artists just in time for Christmas. The inaugural Teesdale Christmas Art Fair will show a variety of work, from painting to sculpture, by artists working in or inspired by County Durham, Cumbria and Yorkshire. In order to keep quality high and the balance of work on display right, involvement in the Teesdale Art Fair is by selection. Artists wishing to express interest in exhibiting in the Teesdale Art Fair should send an artist statement and images of, or a link to, their work to art@thewitham.org.uk
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 08th of December 2016 until 09 December 2016
19:15 Royal Opera House Live : The Nutcracker
The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright's 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful ballet, dance to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score. The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family livingroom becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing – including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince – make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.
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£15.00, £8.00 aged 6 and under www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 10th of December 2016
11:00 Father Christmas
VISIT FATHER CHRISTMAS IN HIS CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP ...Enjoy making a snow globe and Christmas crafts while you wait (no queue!) with a special gift for every child.TIMED TICKET BOOKINGS between 11am - 3pm. Booking is essential £6 per child
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£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 14th of December 2016
19:30 Christmas with Musicality : Richmond Ladies Choir
Welcome in the festive season with Richmond ladies' choir, Musicality, for a celebration of Christmas music. Under the musical direction of Gillian Ash, a professional musician and composer, the choir's superb harmonies will guarantee an unforgettable evening with a collection of traditional and modern carols and seasonal songs.
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£8.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 15th of December 2016
19:00 NTL : No Mans Land (15)
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 17th of December 2016
11:00 Father Christmas
VISIT FATHER CHRISTMAS IN HIS CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP ...Enjoy making a snow globe and Christmas crafts while you wait (no queue!) with a special gift for every child.TIMED TICKET BOOKINGS between 11am - 3pm. Booking is essential £6 per child
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£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 31st of December 2016 until 01 December 2017
20:00 to 01:00 New Years Eve Ceilidh & Hog Roast
Support The Witham and dance the night away. Booking in advance is essential. Live Ceilidh Band. Hog Roast. Fizz & Fireworks at midnight. Live Party Band
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£45.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 05th of January 2017 until 28 January 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Craftspeople of the North East
Craftspeople of the North East is an exhibition of contemporary photography featuring portraits of eminent craftspeople from the North East of England. Craftspeople of the North East is an uplifting and optimistic exhibition to welcome in the new year. This exhibition of contemporary photography features portraits of eminent craftspeople from the North East of England, and has been put together by a group photographers from the Durham region who have made it their mission to photograph local people who have made an impact, in whatever way, upon life in the North East. In the case of this exhibition the photographers have focused their lenses on the talents of regional craftspeople. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 07th of January 2017
19:30 Castle Players present : Victorian Values
Prepare for the grand tour - 1837-1901! For some, Victorian Values represented the rewards of hard work and industry, for others the daily struggle to survive. For everyone the music hall provided the light relief and satirical edge that made life bearable. Join the Castle Players for this lively and entertaining show as popular music hall songs join with contemporary writings to give an impression of 19th century life.
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£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 11th of January 2017
19:00 RSC Live : The Tempest (12A)
Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. In a unique partnership with Intel, the production will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 12th of January 2017
19:30 Film : Spotlight (15)
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Oscar and Bafta award winning film. The Boston Globe uncovered abuse rocking the Catholic Church, 'it leaves your skin prickling'.The Telegraph When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 19th of January 2017
19:30 Film : Captain Fantastic (15)
Engaging road movie about an eccentric clan - a sharp portrayal of modern life and its hypocrisies an limitations. **** EMPIRE In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids -- educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature.
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01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 20th of January 2017
20:00 Jim Moray : Upcetera
13 years ago Jim Moray released an album that changed the way people perceived, played and presented English folk music. Sweet England arrived at a time when, with just a few notable exceptions, traditional music was performed much as it had been in the 1970s to an audience of insiders and aficionados. The album was received with open arms by those who understood that the music of the people has survived for centuries by being just that – an expression of the times. Absent were the familiar affectations of those who sought to preserve an invented historical aesthetic, Jim Moray was a Bowie and Blur fan singing ballads with all of his influences unfurled. The records that followed (Jim Moray, Low Culture, In Modern History, Skulk) embraced everything from electronica to Johnny Marr-esque guitar rock via symphonic pop, an award winning XTC cover and grime. But at their heart has always been Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. As awards and rave reviews stacked up, much was made of Moray’s fearlessness in pushing the boundaries of traditional music. But it’s an accolade he’s always refuted. “I don’t see any boundaries,” being his oft-repeated response. “This is popular music and I love popular music.” Jim believes it’s time for him to start a new chapter. He’s described the making of his forthcoming album Upcetera as being like “learning to do it all again from scratch”. Drawing influence from the systems music of composers like Nyman and Reich (another of his formative passions) Upcetera features dramatically orchestrated Child ballads reimagined as torch songs or a kind of English Fado. It’s an album that places the narrative element of these songs centre stage, with Jim Moray’s supple soaring vocal leading the listener by the hand through strange old stories.
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£16.00 in advance, £18.00 on door. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 26th of January 2017
19:30 Film : Embrace of the Serpent (12A)
Embrace A stunning work of cinematography based on real-life journals which takes us on a 'dreamlike' journey to the Amazon. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 01st of February 2017
19:30 Canary : Fun in the oven Theatre
Meet the Canary Girls, a motley crew of Munitionettes "doing their bit" for the war effort. An air raid on their shell shop rocks their world as they embark on a cordite fueled journey through euphoric emancipation, forbidden friendships and anarchic dreams. Fun in the Oven is a multi-disciplinary theatre company based in Newcastle. Founded in 2015, 'Canary' is their debut full-length show. Specialising in physical theatre, dance and storytelling, they create dynamic shows that are ambitious, accessible and subversive. They love to tell stories that are political, real and unexpected using bold aesthetics that titillate the senses.
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£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of February 2017 until 25 February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Romance and Roses
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016). Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of February 2017 until 25 February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Romance and Roses
At a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart, Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. From a depiction of a quiet walk in the woods, a last Rolo, a remembered sunset, a single red rose, or a tender caress, there is no single way to describe an emotion that means so many different things to so many different people; however, this exhibition aims to present interpretations of that special something at a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart. This exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for artists to display and sell unique works of art over the Valentine's Day and half-term period in an interactive exhibition that will attract many families into the Gallery at The Witham. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of February 2017
19:00 NTL : Amadeus (12A)
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 04th of February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Farmers Market
Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market is one of the North East’s most popular markets featuring a wide range of artisan food and crafts from the region. Our meat and vegetable produce is naturally or organically grown, with meats raised humanely on pastures. Our cheese stalls offer a wide range of delicious handmade cheese. You’ll also find free range eggs and poultry, homemade award winning jellies and jams, not to mention, our famous fudge, ginger wine and puddings, game and fish, spicy sauces and lots more. We’re outdoors on the cobbles in Barnard Castle the first Saturday each month.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Sunday the 05th of February 2017
15:00 Bolshoi Ballet : Swan lake (12A)
For the 7th consecutive year, the Bolshoi Ballet opens its doors to global audiences only in cinemas for a 2016-2017 season boasting impeccable classicism and daring performances. With timeless classics, the Bolshoi proves once again that it is one of the world’s foremost ballet companies. At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realizes too late that Fate has another plan for him….A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest. Captured live on Jan 25, 2015
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Thursday the 09th of February 2017
19:30 Film : Anthropoid (15)
The compelling true story of a daring plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, one of the chief architects of the final solution. Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.**** THE GUARDIAN
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 11th of February 2017
11:00 Starlight by Chris Bostock (age 2-6)
Storytelling in Performance for children between 2 and 6. With simple props and a handkerchief, wonderful storyteller Chris Bostock returns to The Witham to tell the story of a little possum, who has a great adventure, learning about friendship and family whilst discovering lots of things about science and nature. Starlight is the story of little possum, who went outside one night and saw bright stars shining in the sky. They were so beautiful. He collected some starlight to take home. The next day his mother was ill and little possum had to find his own food. He was afraid of going out alone, but his mother told him how brave and clever he was…and so his great journey began. He met other interesting animals along the way, who taught him all about friendship and family. He also discovered lots of things about science and nature. Caught in the dark he had to find his way home by starlight.
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£7.00, £22.00 family www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 15th of February 2017
18:30 Teesdale Business Awards
The Teesdale Business Awards return to The Witham this year for a celebration of all that is good in Teesdale Businesses and Community Groups. The work of individuals as well as the collective work of organisations in celebrated in this unique event organised by Enterprise House in Barnard Castle. The key note speaker will be the entrepreneur, Sara Davies, founder of Crafter’s Companion. Sarah has been appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Her Majesty’s Birthday 2016 Honors List as a result of her contribution and achievements in the craft industry. Networking commences at 6.30pm Ceremony commences at 7.00pm
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01833 631107
£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 16th of February 2017
19:00 NTL : St Joan (12A)
Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 24th of February 2017
14:00 The Musicians of Bremen (3-7)
A musical adventure for 3 - 7 year olds. A highly visual show, with puppetry, live music, circus and movement. Created in 2005 by Artistic Director Hayli Clifton, French company Compagnie Animotion has a record of high quality, outstanding visual performance with five children’s shows, one street show and one aerial and contemporary circus creation. They have been making shows developing arts activities for Deaf audiences since 2005. In 2009 they widened their aims to create an international, visual language of theatre, accessible to all. “Where outcast animals find a new home”. When we are old, we are seen as no longer useful. Campagnie Animotion's adaptation of Grimm’s The Musicians of Bremen tells the tale of 4 animals put to pasture; a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog.Too old to be of any use to their masters, they explore their adventures finding each other, and their extraordinary friendship, despite the odds. Morally it shows that despite differences, we can be friends, and that the older generation contributes a great deal to society. With puppetry, movement and trapeze, all accompanied by live music, this show builds on our reputation of high quality, non-verbal work for young audiences.
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£8.00 individual, £6.00 child, £25.00 family. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 28th of February 2017
19:00 Royal Opera House Live : Sleeping Beauty
Celebrate 70 years of the Royal Ballet landmark production and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells. A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet's, The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet's landmark staging was revived for the Company's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Thursday the 02nd of March 2017 until 25 March 2017
10:00 to 16:00 A Dream of the Sea
Escape to the sea in an exhibition that invites the viewer to immerse one's self in all of the perspective shifting drama, fun and frolics that are enjoyed beside the sea. Indulge your senses, and dare to dream of the sea whilst our days are landlocked, and the nights are still long and dark. A Dream of the Sea is an exhibition of fine art paintings, prints, and photography that aims to immerse the viewer in all of the perspective shifting drama, fun and frolics that are enjoyed beside the sea. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 03rd of March 2017
20:00 The Hut People
An infectious blend of folk from around the world . “The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival. Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have over the last 4 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. 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. With 2017 already looking to be their biggest year to date, don’t miss this fantastic duo! “a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2 “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” THE SCOTSMAN
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£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 07th of March 2017
19:30 Exhibition on Screen : I, Claude Monet
From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words. Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite this, and perhaps because of it, Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. Then, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his garden at Giverney, his letters reveal his humour, insight and love of life. Shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice I, Claude Monet is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved and iconic scenes in Western Art.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 09th of March 2017
19:00 NTL : Hedda Gabbler (12a)
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 10th of March 2017
20:00 Oysters3
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters 3 take to the road again in 2017. John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm - and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!”
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01833 631107
£16.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 18th of March 2017
11:00 The Owl and the Pussycat (3-7)
The Owl and the Pussycat are surprised when a storm sweeps them out the window, SPLASH! On to an unexpected voyage to a curious land! The Owl and the Pussycat live in a dull and dusty world, so imagine how shocked and surprised they are when a stupendous storm sweeps them out of the window, SPLASH! On to an unexpected sea voyage to a curious land. But who will they meet? Which way should they go? And, what is a runcible spoon? A joyful journey for energetic little explorers and their grownups. Using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat. For children aged 3 - 7
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01833 631107
£7.00 adult, £5.00 child www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 21st of March 2017
19:30 Exhibition on Screen : American Impressionism, The Artist's Garden
A story American Impressionism. Following the smash hit Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse from Season 3 of EXHIBITION ON SCREEN comes a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American impressionism. American impressionism took its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet but followed its own path that over a thirty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about a much-loved artistic movement. The story of American impressionism is closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and treasured locations throughout the Eastern United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.
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On Thursday the 30th of March 2017 until 12 April 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Wonderous Watercolours
Watercolourists Michael Farmer, Jenny Ulyatt, and Sarah Hill present an exhibition of refreshing watercolour paintings that delight in the colour, light and shape that occur naturally around them. Durham artists Sarah Hill and Jenny Ulyatt paint alongside Michael Farmer in their shared stuido in Ainderby Steeple, North Yorkshire. The trio have come together to present an exhibition of refreshing watercolour paintings that delight in the colour, light and shape that occur naturally around them. Ulyatt's organic work grows out of her sketches, photographs, memories of places, and imagination. creating work that is more interesting, surprising and lively than the sum of its parts; whilst Hill takes great pleasure in exploring the colours, clarity, patterns and fluidity that are so integral to watercolour painting. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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On Thursday the 30th of March 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Madam Butterfly
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Tuesday the 11th of April 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Jewels
George Balanchine’s timeless evocation of the brilliance and sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds. George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’. Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Tuesday the 18th of April 2017
19:30 Exhibition on screen : The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (12A)
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s newest film lets viewers explore the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition which brought Hieronymus Bosch masterpieces from around the world back to his hometown in the Netherlands. Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius at the Het Noordbrabants Museum (3 February - 8 May 2016) was the largest ever Bosch retrospective, bringing 36 of his 44 surviving works together in Den Bosch. The exhibition took a radical approach, offering research and conservation expertise in exchange for loans from the world’s best museums. Over 420,000 people flocked to the exhibition to marvel at Bosch’s curious creations, with opening hours extended to 1am to accommodate the phenomenal demand. Now UK audiences can enjoy a front row seat to Bosch’s extraordinary homecoming - without the crowds. Accompanied by expert insights from the exhibition’s curators and leading cultural critics, the film will delve into the life of the visionary artist to explore the inspiration behind his strange and haunting works. Contributors include maverick filmmaker and artist Peter Greenaway, The Times’ Chief Art Critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston, and Director of the Het Noordbrabants Museum Dr. Charles de Mooij. The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch will allow audiences to appreciate the detail of Bosch’s paintings like never before, offering close-up views of the curiosities hidden within his brimming canvases, from cannibalistic clergymen to three-headed birds. The film brings to life the original form of Bosch’s famous altarpieces, which have long been separated and are now divided between the world’s great museums. It also reveals new discoveries made by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project during preparations for the exhibition, using cutting-edge technology to uncover yet further layers to Bosch’s multifaceted paintings.
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On Wednesday the 26th of April 2017
19:00 RSC live : Julius Caesar (12A)
Julius Caesar begins the Roman series, with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence in a race to claim the empire, after the all-conquering Caesar returns from war. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action
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On Wednesday the 24th of May 2017
19:00 RSC live : Anthony and Cleopatra (12A)
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).
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On Thursday the 25th of May 2017 until 17 June 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Fields and Hedgerows
Fields and Hedgerows is an art exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world. This joyful group show features images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows. With the coming of spring and the nearing of summer comes the rediscovery of animals and insects in the fields and hedgerows that surround us. Fields and Hedgerows is an exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world as exemplified in The Witham’s wonderful Storytelling Chair, a commission by local textile artist Glynis Manning. This joyful exhibition features images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows and has been curated with the intention of appealing to visitors of all ages. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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On Wednesday the 07th of June 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : works of Frederick Ashton
The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at The Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its founder, Choreographer Frederick Ashton. This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder, Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Tuesday the 13th of June 2017
19:30 Exhibition on screen : Michaelangelo, Love and Death
'Michelangelo Love And Death' goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate giant of art history. To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, 'Michelangelo Love And Death' offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice that included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery).
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On Wednesday the 28th of June 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Otello
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano. World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Wednesday the 09th of August 2017
19:00 RSC Live : Titus Andronicus
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
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Daily (including weekends) Contact Notes
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Fine Art by Anne Mason
23 Nov to 3 Dec Fine Art by Anne Mason A collection of fine art depicting northern landscapes, animals and natural history. Teesdale artist, Anne Mason, exhibits original paintings and prints of northern landscapes, animals and natural history.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Art Society
Barnard Castle Art Society 1 – 10 Nov Barnard Castle Art Society have held their annual art exhibitions at the Witham since the gallery first installed there and have been pleased to be able to show their work since it was refurbished. The art society have sketching meetings during the Summer and meet for practical work sessions during the the other seasons .These meetings inspire them to produce an attractive variety of work for their exhibition.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 David Gibbon Photography
7 Sept to 1 Oct David Gibbon Photography David and Louise bring images of their past year travelling around the UK, Scottish Highlands, Poland and the Boreal Forest in Finland. The couple have always had an interest in wildlife, but it wasn't until 2009 when the RSPB opened a flagship £7 million nature reserve - Saltholme on Teesside - that their interest in photography really took off. They are now widely published and have won many accolades for their work, which is now represented by image agency Robert Harding and press agency Rex Features. After attending a workshop with north-east wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt in 2011, they switched off auto and began taking photos by setting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed themselves. The pair, who live in County Durham, shoot in RAW and use Apple Mac, Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 to process their images. Talking about their work, David said: "Louise and I have spent a great deal of time studying the work of professional wildlife photographers, many of whom are now friends, and this has helped us in our quest for better images. For anyone looking to do wildlife photography on a serious level, this is something we highly recommend." David and Louise now travel extensively and specialise in capturing wildlife. David said: "Louise and I only photograph truly wild animals. A few years ago we made a vow never to capture anything that is captive, it just doesn't feel right. We have many more trips planned to capture the natural world so watch this space."
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Weekly Contact Notes
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl.
Each Tuesday from 26 July until 30 Aug Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl. Date: Tuesdays Time: 10:30 am - 12 noon Price: Craft activity £3 per child (to Green Bee Creatives) No Booking Required Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS Contact info@thewitham.org.uk Tel 01833 631107 Websiye www.thewitham.org.uk
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Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking require
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Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Featuring the winning story of the Summer of Stories Writing Competition. Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl with a multitude of imaginative and magical tales in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking required
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£3
Thursdays
10:30 to 12:00 Royal Literary Reading Round Group
The Reading Round is a new sort of reading group promoted by the Royal Literary Fund & I have the great pleasure of being appointed one of their Northern "lectors". In each session the group discusses a short story and a poem read aloud. There is no homework & no prior knowledge is necessary. You just turn up with your love of a good story. If you are interested in joining the Barnard Castle group, email me at rj@rebeccajenkins.com. I look forward to meeting you!
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Monthly (first of a month) Contact Notes
The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
Different every time. 20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods. Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage
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The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 16:00 Northern Crafts
Everything from jam to jewellery. With over 15 stalls of locally handmade goods and luxury gifts on sale, why not pop along and have a look. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. You can also enjoy the refreshments on offer in the Cafe Bar during your visit. For more information see www.northerncrafts.co.uk or email northerncrafts@outlook.com
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A variety of hire options are available, from meeting rooms to hot-desks and The Dispensary Cafe Bar offers drinks, snacks and meals. For more information please contact The Witham.