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The Witham’s Summer Programme brings a wealth of arts entertainment

The Witham’s Summer Programme brings a wealth of arts entertainment

A sizzling summer programme!

The Witham’s new programme is now available from the Box Office, offering a wealth of arts entertainment from Barnard Castle’s vibrant Arts Centre, June to August 2016.

You can pick up your copy of the programme during The Witham opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm for all the listings throughout June, July and August 2016, from theatre, music and film to crafts, comedy and family events.  

Kicking off the season are two fantastic theatre pieces, with the family-friendly Great Scott on Wednesday 1st June, suitable for 7+, this is a slapstick comedy adventure that will have you chuckling in your seat.  Project A Theatre Company bring us, 13, a hard hitting, political thriller into modern Britain for 13+ years.   

Opera fans can enjoy Live Screenings from Glyndebourne for the first time in Barnard Castle with internationally acclaimed performances, kick-starting on 21st June with The Barber of Seville. There is a wealth of Shakespeare entertainment with the RSC Live Screening of Hamlet on Wednesday 8th June, the sensational performance of Romeo and Juliet from the Branagh Theatre Live on Thursday 7th July and the Samling Academy production, A Lover and his Lass, celebrating Shakespeare in words and music on Thursday 21st July.  Also, Barnard Castle School Choral Society have teamed up with the Barney School Singers to present Pirates of Penzance on Friday 17th June

The Witham continues to build its excellent reputation as a folk venue with acclaimed acts such as the legendary Fairport Convention (which is now sold out for 11th June), Martyn Joseph (18th June) and John Kirkpatrick who brings his Tunes from the Trenches (Friday 8th July). The much-admired jazz singer, Barb Jungr offers an evening of Cabaret with the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen on Saturday 9th July. 

Funny Way To Be Comedy Club present Gyles Brandreth on Saturday 2nd July, Edinburgh Shows Preview Day on Saturday 16th July with Sofie Hagen, Justin Moorehouse, Jo Caulfield and Matt Forde  and Edinburgh Shows Double bill with Steve Bugeja and Hayley Ellis on Saturday 30th July. 

The Summer of Stories inspired by Roald Dahl programme brings six weeks of creative and lively activities for all the family, from a film screening every week (Fantastic Mr Fox 28th July, Esio Trot 4th August, Matilda 11th August, James and The Giant Peach 18th August, The Witches 25th August and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Thursday 1st September). 

The jewel in The Witham’s Summer of Stories crown has to be the exciting opportunity for budding performers and singers aged 8 and over to join the six days of Matilda the Summer School from Monday 8th August, to produce a Saturday matinee performance of a shortened version of Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical. 

Other events include storytelling, art and craft opportunities, writing and drawing competitions and inspirational partnership work across many organisations in Barnard Castle and beyond to bring a whole town experience across the summer holidays from Saturday 23rd July to 3rd September. The Witham will announce more about this in the coming weeks. 

As Sarah Gent, Marketing Manager at The Witham says,

"This summer is really breaking new ground for us here at The Witham. With a six week celebration of Roald Dahl with the Summer of Stories and Live Screenings Opera from Glydebourne amongst the events we have in store, it’s wonderful to be able to provide such an exciting arts programme from The Witham, Barnard Caste’s vibrant Arts Centre. There is a gob-smacking range of entertainment to be had at The Witham over the next three months – everyone is welcome so we hope to see you here."

Pick up your copy of the Summer Programme from the Box Office at The Witham or view the online What's on Giude.

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