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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 Wednesday the 25th of May 2016
11:00 Coffee Morning recital : Claire Ward
Claire is a student from Durham University. She studies Combined Honours in Arts: Music and French and spent the third year of her undergraduate degree at the Conservatoire de Toulouse in France studying with Anne Fondeville. In Durham Claire takes lessons with Miranda Wright. She sings with the Durham University Chamber Choir and the Durham Opera Ensemble. Roles include Yum- Yum (Mikado), Night (The Fairie Queene), Micaela (Carmen) and Mary Crawford (Dove). Claire is a two-time Samling Academy graduate and has participated in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Patricia MacMahon, Caroline Dowdle, Benjamin Appl and Jean-Paul Pruna. She is incredibly excited that she will be taking up a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in September to study on the Postgraduate Vocal Studies course under the tutelage of Kathleen Livingstone. Arising from an interest in fin-de-siècle sentiment and a love for the French Mélodie, Claire has chosen to present a recital based on symbolism poetry, with its focus on the subtle suggestion of conflicting human emotions and passages of self-reflection. The majority of the texts focus on the insatiable hopes and desires of humans. The poetry explores the worlds of dreams and then cruelly reminds the readers that these dreams will never materialize and will always come to an end. The result is a painful realisation of the limits of humanity. Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sergei Rachmaninoff., William Walton
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On Thursday the 26th of May 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Film : Sunset Song (12A)
The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s. Set in the rural community of Kinraddie, Scotland, this film is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettled Ewan and for the unforgiving land. As the approaching war brings the modern world to bear on the rural community, Chris must endure against the hardships of rural Scottish life and draw strength from this ancient land.
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On Friday the 27th of May 2016
19:00 to 21:00 Dance : Fertile Ground
The North East's First Professional Graduate Dance Company. Fertile Ground nurtures, inspires and challenges dance artists, audiences and participants developing and presenting inspirational and accessible dance opportunities across North East England and beyond. Working with The Bowes Museum, we are looking forward to a powerful dance performance. More details will follow closer to the date of the performance. 'The best live dance performance I have ever seen. It was funny, dark, the costumes are marvellous and the music spot on - fantastic! AUDIENCE MEMBER
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On Saturday the 28th of May 2016
20:00 to 22:00 The Colin Holt Band
The Colin Holt Band and Snake Davis have been working together since 2010 - playing to regular sell out audiences in North-East England. The mastery reflected in thoughtfully crafted original compositions enhanced by the world class saxophony weaving its way into the musical framework of the band’s repertoire is here for all to see and hear. Originally from Morley, West Yorkshire, Colin has become an established figure in and around Teesside since 1983. The internationally acclaimed Snake Davis requires little introduction and his pedigree will be known to the vast majority of the audience. The repertoire of this performance will demonstrate Colin’s expertise as a composer and wordsmith crossing genres through folk, blues and jazz.
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On Tuesday the 31st of May 2016
10:30 Indian story-telling
Come along and listen to some authentic Indian storytelling with Zak Ahmed with beautiful illustrated books such as Ganesha's Sweet Tooth, The Monkey and the Crocodile and the Usbourne Stories from India. There will also be some beautiful crafts in the cafe inspired by Indian prints and henna.
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On Wednesday the 01st of June 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Great Scott
This new show from theatrical innovators Gonzo Moose is a spoof-comedy-drama that presents audiences with an alternative and very strange version of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic. Antarctica 1912. Captain Scott and his men perish in their doomed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. But what if this isn’t what actually happened? What if the truth was so shocking that it’s been covered up for more than a hundred years? What if Captain Scott actually perished whilst saving the world from aliens? This untold true story - (This is not a true story) is based on newly discovered evidence, Professor George Cranston and his band of Scott Truther’s reconstruct Scott’s last days and reveal the explosive truth about what really happened at the bottom of the world. The truth will set you free. It may well do, but you won’t find it in this show. Featuring a desolate landscape full of nothing but snow, frozen beards, giant penguins and of course, aliens, Great Scott is performed in the company’s zany style of clownish comedy, and spoofing and is their most adventurous production to date. It follows on from successful previous shows in the same vein - What The Dickens, Grimm And Grimmer and I’m An Aristocrat, Get Me Out Of Here! Don't forget your In the Wings Forum Ticket for an extra £3 - come along on Thursday 2 June at 11.00 to discuss the show with our regular theatre goers and literature and theatrical lecturer, Laurence Sach.
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On Thursday the 02nd of June 2016
13:30 Horton Hears a Who (U)
With tasty treats to try for free from Spice Island. One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbours, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small.
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On Thursday the 02nd of June 2016
19:30 Film : The Danish Girl (12A)
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda's support, Einar - or Elbe - attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple. 'A beautiful, humane and moving biopic', The Telegraph ****
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On Wednesday the 08th of June 2016
19:00 to 22:00 Royal Shakespeare Company live screening : Hamlet (12A)
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality. Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
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On Thursday the 09th of June 2016
19:30 NTL Encore : The Audience
Winner of three Tony Awards® and two Olivier Awards, National Theatre Live’s smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience - featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II - returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), these special encore screenings include an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and director Stephen Daldry. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. ‘Helen Mirren is smashing. Her Majesty will see you now.’ New York Times
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On Saturday the 11th of June 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention are coming to The Witham! Often credited as being the first English folk rock band, this is your opportunity to enjoy Fairport Convention live playing their melded rock music with traditional English folk. After 48 years, they are not just the grand old men of folk rock but something of a national institution. THE GUARDIAN. And if the music wasn’t enough, Fairport did for real ale what the Grateful Dead did for LSD as quoted on their website
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£18.00 in advance, £20.00 on the door
On Wednesday the 15th of June 2016
Project A 2015 present "13"
A hard hitting, political and hopeful insight into modern Britain. Project A 2015 present Mike Bartlett’s 13, a hard hitting, political and hopeful insight into modern Britain. Set in a parallel, present day British City which has succumb to civil unrest at the hands of a female Tory Prime Minister considering supporting a US-led invasion of Iran. John, a Christ-like figure and charismatic young man, preaches the need to abandon ambitions of money, materialism and success to a populous repeatedly awaking from an identical nightmare. Questioning alternatives to the capitalist and militant fuelled world in which they have all found themselves, an emphasis on technological communication and social media highlights a government entrenched in an archaic system of status quo politics. Recommended 14+ To include a post show discussion
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On Thursday the 16th of June 2016
19:30 Film : Room (15)
A young boy is raised within the confines of a small shed. ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. "Brie Larson is nothing short of perfect in this heartbreaking, life-affirming drama brilliantly directed by Lenny Abrahamson" The Guardian *****
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On Friday the 17th of June 2016
19:30 Barnard Castle School Choral Society and Barney School Singers present Pirates of Penzance
A musical treat starring the talented pupils of Barnard Castle School. Conductor: Simon Dearsley. Soloists : Amy Jackson, Scott Edwards, Sam Farquhar, Nicholas Mackay
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On Saturday the 18th of June 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 18th of June 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Martyn Joseph
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising 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, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. 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”. Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits. 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.” There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. “Songs For The Coming Home”, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. “At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day.” Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations He has won the love of audiences from USA and Canada to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. 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. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It’s a road he’s been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, ‘you keep turning up and so will I.’ PRESS QUOTES “Stunning, heartfelt music” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013
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On Tuesday the 21st of June 2016
18:30 to 22:00 Glyndebourne : The Barber of Seville
Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini's most popular comedy . Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. He meets his match in the would-be-bride Rosina who has schemes of her own. Madcap disguises accompany twists and turns in a whirlwind plot, whilst Figaro’s cunning knows no bounds. Directed by Annabel Arden with sparkling wit and playful energy springing directly from Rossini’s joyous music, and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, this new production heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne Festival for 34 years. International star and Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Glyndebourne has been making exceptional world-class opera since 1934. Join us this year for a Festival of comic moments, compelling drama and captivating music.
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On Thursday the 23rd of June 2016
19:30 Film : A War (15)
A Danish war drama telling the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan that is fighting against the Taliban. Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home. "This powerful drama about a Danish army officer on trial after his patrol suffers a traumatising loss in Afghanistan blurs boundaries between bravery and blame" "Nail biting tension, suffocating stillness" The Guardian ****
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On Thursday the 30th of June 2016
19:30 Film : Grandma (15)
A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, woman who is long estranged from her daughter. Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. "There's no one quite like Lily Tomlin" The Guardian ****
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On Saturday the 02nd of July 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Funny Way to Be Comedy Club presents Gyles Brandreth : Word Power
‘No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest'. Only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic. Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth – wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip, Just A Minute regular, One Show reporter, QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, IT Crowd, Pointless and Countdown survivor - on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words. Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. Discover them right here. Book early. Brandreth’s last two Edinburgh shows were Five Star sell-outs. The press describe Gyles Brandreth saying: ‘"Wildly funny, incredibly indiscreet’" Daily Mail "Very funny" Sunday Times "A master raconteur" Sunday Telegraph "Absolute joy" Scotsman
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On Thursday the 07th of July 2016
19:15 to 22:00 Branagh Theatre Live : Romeo & Juliet (12A)
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh directs Richard Madden and Lily James as Romeo and Juliet and Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio.
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On Friday the 08th of July 2016
19:30 John Kirkpatrick : Tunes from the Trenches
Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2010. John Kirkpatrick presents a full kitbag of songs from the two World Wars in a programme that highlights two different kinds of material. As you’d expect, there’ll be a fair smattering of the popular hits of the day – designed to keep the spirits high, to raise a smile, share a chorus and provide a moments respite from the horrors on every side and to find the heart to keep going. Threaded through these selections, John will also give an airing to some of the songs sung on the Front Line by the service personnel themselves – tunes sung on everyone’s lips wedded to new words. Conjured up far from home by an army of ordinary folk doing their best to be good soldiers.
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On Saturday the 09th of July 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 09th of July 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Barb Jungr : The Songs of Bob Dylan &Leonard Cohen
“Arguably the finest cabaret singer in recent times, Barb Jungr’s album Chanson The Space In Between (Linn) shows real soul: it’s quirky, intelligent cabaret music of the highest order” (The Rough Guide To Cult Pop, 2003).With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. In 2015 she won the Broadway World Best CD award for Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Born and raised in Rochdale and Stockport, Barb has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers in the UK (including Mark Anthony Turnage who wrote ‘About Water’ for her to sing at the re-opening of The South Bank with the London Symphonietta), has toured all over the world with the British Council in the 1990s (Malawi, Cameroon, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cote D'Ivoire, Sudan), appeared in Australia (2006, 2007 and a sellout tour in 2010), toured across Norway and Holland and performs regularly in New York and across the United States (several seasons at The Cafe Carlyle and Metropolitan Room and Joe’s Pub, New York, Catalina’s in LA, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and in Indianapolis and for Austin Cabaret). As a writer and lyricist, Barb’s credits include The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company); The Fabulous Flutterbys (The Little Angel Theatre); and Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and Dick Whittington for The Newbury Corn Exchange. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, based on Michael Rosen’s bestselling book, was produced by The Little Angel Theatre Company which toured in autumn and winter 2013 tours again in autumn and winter 2014. Barb was the songwriter and co-adapted the book for the stage with director Peter Glanville. The Ballad of Norah's Ark, written with Russell Churney and Andy Goldberg, is in development. It's a masterclass in the value of interpretive liberty, with songs transform in almost revelatory manner. As with the album generally, its a subtle balance of hot and cold, a work of fiery cool.” The Independent
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On Tuesday the 12th of July 2016
17:30 to 22:00 Glyndebourne : The Master Singers of Nuremberg
Grippingly original, Wagner puts singing and songwriting centre stage in Glyndebourne's biggest production ever . Hans Sachs is the most celebrated of the Mastersingers, a group of poets and musicians who have created complex rules for composing and performing their songs. Their world is turned upside down by free-thinking Walther who enters their singing competition to win his beloved Eva. But can this inspired rule-breaker win the hand of the woman he loves? With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. ‘A masterstroke’ - The Independent. ‘Grippingly original’ – Opera. Sung in German with English subtitles.
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On Thursday the 21st of July 2016
19:30 Samling Academy presents A Lover and his Lass
Celebrating Shakespeare in Words and Music. ‘If music be the food of love, play on’... To mark William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary Samling Academy presents a programme of songs setting his timeless words to music. Directed by Samling Artist Miranda Wright, this performance from some of the region’s most talented young singers will be interspersed with readings from Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. To include songs by Schubert, Britten, Howells and Tippett accompanied by Samling Artist pianist Ian Tindale. Samling Academy is developing the next generation of classical singers in the North East of England through unique training and performance opportunities with the best professional artists and coaches. For more information see www.samling.org.uk.
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On Wednesday the 27th of July 2016
13:30 Felt Mr Fox
Come along to felt your own Mr Fox with Kathryn Guy from the Designer Maker’s Markets.
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£4 for one child, £7 for two children
On Thursday the 28th of July 2016
13:30 Film : Fantastic Mr Fox (U) and foxy craft
An urban fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his friends.Starring Meryl Streep and Geroge Clooney. 'A delightfully funny feast for the eyes...' Rotten Tomatoes.
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On Thursday the 04th of August 2016
13:30 Film : Esio Trot (PG and tortoise crafting
A retired bachelor has a thing for his neighbour who only shows affection to her pet tortoise.Lonely, ageing bachelor Mr Hoppy lives in a London flat and has two loves in his life - his balcony garden and Mrs Silver, the widow in the flat below. Sadly Mrs Silver is too fond of her tortoise Alfie to respond . Noting that Mrs Silver is perturbed that Alfie never seems to grow Mr Hoppy hatches a plan to show her how much he cares. This involves buying dozens of tortoises of increasing sizes to gradually substitute for Alfire, leading Mrs Silver to believe that a Bedouin chant - Esio Trot - is making her pet grow. However he is rumbled when one of the tortoises escapes. And, with another, brash resident vying for Mrs Silver's affections, will Mr Hoppy find happiness with the woman he loves? Starring James Corden, Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. 'This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book about a love affair, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman and 100 tortoises, is a thing of wonder'. The Guardian
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On Tuesday the 09th of August 2016
18:30 to 22:00 Glyndebourne : Béatrice et Bénédict
Love conquers all in Berlioz's sparkling take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. From Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, to Hermione and Ron in the Harry Potter series, the age-old premise of verbal sparring to mask true feelings of love or passion is employed to magnificent effect in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. Berlioz selected the sunniest and funniest elements of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and set them to ravishing music to create this witty love-hate duel. The opera’s overture explodes with a buoyant sense of fun and elegant wit and there are several splendid numbers for the female characters, especially the sublime Act I duet-nocturne, described by one critic as a ‘marvel of indescribable lyrical beauty’. Conducted by Robin Ticciati and seen through the unique vision of director Laurent Pelly, Berlioz’s comic gem makes its long-awaited Glyndebourne premiere in Festival 2016. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Sung in French with English subtitles. Part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations.
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On Thursday the 11th of August 2016
13:30 Film : Matilda (PG) and book-creating craft
The story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius. A grouchy couple are parents to a very sweet girl, Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother and mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet and extremely intelligent 6 year old girl who is very keen to go to school and read books. After a while, her parents send her to school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, and good friends. While trying to put up with her parents' and principal's cruelty, she starts to unwittingly unleash telekinetic powers. With enough practice, Matilda starts to learn to control her telekinetic powers in order to use them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school.
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On Saturday the 13th of August 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 13th of August 2016
14:00 Matilda the Summer School Matinee
An amateur youth performance of Tim Minchin's creation. Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.This year The Witham Team has embarked on the exciting task of creating a summer school performance of the shortened production by Tim Minchin!Matilda the Musical (in 20 minutes) which features five of Tim’s fabulous songs: Naughty, School Song, The Chokey Chant, Bruce and Revolting Children is linked by passages and excerpts from the script by Dennis Kelly. Come along and enjoy the hard work and performances put in by our little and big bookworms!
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£3 adult, £2 child www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 17th of August 2016
13:30 A Minibug Hunt inspired by James and the Giant Peach
An outdoors adventure hunting for creepy crawlies. A workshop for 4+ years and accompanying grown ups to learn more about insects in the Hay meadow and Flatts Wood. This includes a walk around the woods to collect and identify insects. Finally, everyone will come back to The Witham to learn more about their lives, habitats and eating habits. Provided by Bruce at Wild North Discovery with support by Heart of Teesdale. FREE BUT PLEASE RESERVE ADMISSION TICKET
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On Thursday the 18th of August 2016
13:30 Film : James and the Giant Peach (PG) with peachy bug activities
An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City.James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York.
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On Thursday the 25th of August 2016
13:30 Film : The Witches (PG) with spooky crafts
A young boy stumbles into a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.
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On Tuesday the 30th of August 2016
13:30 Healing Plants Workshop inspired bu George's Marvellous Medicine 6+
An outdoorsy exploration of plants. A workshop for 6+ years and their accompanying adult to learn more about remedial plants in Flatts wood. This includes a walk around the woods to identify and pick plants to help healing. Everyone then heads back to The Witham to make a poultice from the plants that have been gathered. Provided by Bruce at Wild North Discovery with support by Heart of Teesdale. FREE BUT PLEASE RESERVE AN ADMISSION TICKET
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On Thursday the 01st of September 2016
13:30 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG) with Transformation Activities
Which film shall we show? Have your say!A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.Will Jonny Depp's rendition of the peculiar character of Willy Wonker from 2005 be your choice or the original captivating performance in 1971 by Gene Wilder in Roald Dahl's classic chocolaty story?
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On Saturday the 17th of September 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 17th of September 2016
20:00 John Tams and Barry Coope
John Tams and Barry Coope are a unique collaboration. John, the composer of music for the stage show War Horse and the TV series Sharpe, has been described by Mojo magazine as ‘one of the giants of folk’. His musical career extends back to the Muckram Wakes, taking in the Albion Band and Home Service as well as solo albums. Barry Coope is of course one third of acclaimed accapella group Coope, Boyes & Simpson. They are former winners of the BBC Folk Awards Duo of the Year and together they bring experience, innovation and tradition to their humorous and captivating performances. Described by Mojo magazine as “one of the ultimate British songwriters” John Tams has had a career spanning five decades in every medium. "Go and see them. John Tams is a National Treasure. They are brilliant." BBC Radio 2
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£14.00 in advance, £16.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 28th of September 2016
19:00 to 22:00 RSC Live : Cymbeline
A rarely performed romance. Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance. Join us for this live cinema screening on the 28 September, broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Feel part of the action from your seat.
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On Wednesday the 12th of October 2016
19:00 to 22:00 RSC Live : King Lear
One of Shakespeare's most epic and powerful works. King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Misjudging his children’s loyalty and finding himself alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Antony Sher returns to the RSC to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays. Join us for this live cinema screening of one of Shakespeare’s most epic plays on 12 October, broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Feel part of the action from your seat.
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On Saturday the 15th of October 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 29th of October 2016
10:30 David Gibb : Letter through your Door
Musician, song-writer and story-teller. David Gibb is an award winning song writer, story teller and tallest man in Derbyshire on a mission to create great music for children and families. At just 23 years old he’s already had his music played on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, performed at Glastonbury Festival (amongst many others), played over 400 concerts, been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award as part of the duo ‘David Gibb & Elly Lucas’, and won the highly commended prize at the Young Story Teller of the Year competition (2011). Frustrated at the lack of high quality music available for children, and inspired by the strong independent children’s music movement in America, he set himself the mission of writing an album of songs aimed at families, with quality and musicianship and song writing being the focus. The result is ‘Letters Through Your Door’, a fun and exciting album and stage show packed full of catchy and toe tapping numbers.
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£8.00 individual, £6.00 concessions, £25.00 family. www.thewitham.org.uk
Weekly Contact Notes
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
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.