The Witham introduces an autumn programme packed with over 70 excellent arts and cultural events for all to enjoy from September to December 2018, sponsored by Darlington Building Society.
The Witham’s music gigs this autumn include an exciting blend of different genres including Eddie and The Hot Rods (15 Sept), the return to The Witham of acclaimed songwriter Bella Hardy + Support (4 October), a spectacular new show called Light and Shadow featuring live music and contemporary dance based on familiar rock/pop songs (22 Sept). You can also enjoy the Cliff Richard Live Screening (12A) (12 October), celebrating Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star with 60 years in the music industry.
Classical music concerts at Barnard Castle’s arts centre include the Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award pianist Clare Hammond (5 Sept) and the Remembrance Requiem conducted by Simon Dearsley (11 November) to mark the centenary of the end of WWI with Elgar’s Spirit of England and Bliss’s Morning Heroes. Opera North brings the Whistle Stop Opera (Sat 20 October) when lively singers and accordionist introduce you to the fascinating world of Opera in a live, interact experience. Celebrate the start of the festive season with Barnard Castle’s Choral Society presenting Handel’s Messiah (2 Dec).
World class Screenings continue to show at Barnard Castle High Street live at the time they are occurring at the Royal Opera House including Mayerling (15 October), The Nutcracker (9 December) and also English National Ballet’s Akram Khan’s Giselle (15 Dec). The National Theatre brings a host of amazing performances including The Madness of King George III (Thursday 13 December) starring Mark Gatiss, a multi-award-winning drama by Alan Bennett.
Two fantastic evening talks this autumn include the return of the Dales vet Neville Turner for a fundraiser for The Witham on 26 Sept and AONB Dark Skies Festival brings The Science of the Moon and the Stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE. Head to the Café Bar for the launch of local poet Judi Sutherland reading from her exciting new book, The Ship Owner’s House (27 September)
There is a wealth of live theatre this season the return of The World of the Wars (28 Sept) inspired by H. G. Wells classic iconic novel, set in the North East and presented by Northern Stage. Award-winning Hull-based theatre company, Middle Child are bringing gig theatre piece One Life Stand (recommended 16+ years, Friday 5 October) as part of the REACH project, with music by James Frewers and Honeyblood, and starring Ed Cole.
The Castle Players present Flare Path (Friday 9 & 10 November), Terence Rattigan’s classical of love & duty set in the 1940s, and there are classics to enjoy with Kindred Theatre presenting The Haunted Man (5 December) inspired by Charles Dickins and Christmas with Steptoe and Son (12 December).
Family theatre include the comedy Me and My Bee (31 October), presented by ThisEgg who invite you to save the world – one bee at a time. The Christmassy Christmas Show (Sunday 9 December) is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and slapstick comedy.
The Funny Way To Be Comedy Club continues to deliver fantastic quality laugher from the very best in the business, including Iain Stirling (18 Sept), Jeremy Hardy (23 Oct) and Roughead and Cook (Friday 7 December).
Film Thursdays continue at The Witham including critically acclaimed The Shape of Water (27 September), A Fantastic Woman (11 October), Journey’s End (1 November) and Murder on the Orient Express (20 December).
Exciting exhibitions include Age Does Not Define Us: Re-thinking of Age & Ageing, a collaboration between the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and The Age of No Retirement (Tues 4 Sept – Sat 6 Oct), the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour, Craft and Conflict (13 – 21 November) with the chance to work with Textile Artist, Morwenna Catt for the Maps and Mayhem! workshop (17 November).
Teesdale Art Network are bringing their showcase exhibition featuring over 30 local artists (9 Oct – 6 Nov) and you can enjoy working with TAN member artist Sharon Loddey for a six week Introduction to Linocut Printing (every Weds for six weeks from 12 Sept). Arts workshops offer you the chance to learn or hone your skills in Acrylic painting a Hare with Anne Mason (Sat 8 Sept) and you can create your own design in Linocut at the Print a Tote Bag workshop with artist Sharon Loddey (Sat 6 October).
Designer Makers Market brings the very best of regional designers and craftspeople (17 & 18 November) and there is also Northern Craft Market (15 Sept, 6 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec) and the Handcrafted Fair (1 Sept, 3 November, Sat 1 December).
Sarah Gent, Marketing Manager at The Witham says, ‘The Witham autumn programme includes something for everyone and shows that we are listening and responding to feedback to ensure there are events on that people will be interested in coming along to enjoy. The Witham now has a wider range of music events from Cliff Richard on the big screen to Eddie and the Hot Rods. Come to not only support Barnard Castle’s arts centre but also have a brilliant time while you’re here!
We also now have a community notice board to help find out what else is going on in our wonderful community. So please, come into The Witham, grab a programme and have a cuppa in the café while you plan your autumn nights’ out here on Barney high street.’
The Box Office is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturdays. Call 01833 631107 or head to what's on to find out more.