Norwich Puppet Theatre Company present: Hansel and Gretel @ Otley Courthouse
Apr 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre Company present: Hansel and Gretel @ Otley Courthouse

Deep in an enchanted forest, everybody’s looking for something to eat. A tasty treat, a sticky sweet – some children’s feet? Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimm’s’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears, and your taste buds.

For ages 3+ and their families

Tickets are £9 adults, £7 children

To book please call our box office on 01943 467466 or go online at otleycourthouse.org.uk

A night of subversive poetry @ Otley Labour Rooms
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A night of subversive poetry @ Otley Labour Rooms

A night of poetry and spoken word from Sophie Sparham, Laura Taylor, Andy Carrington and Elizabeth Crossley, compared by David Holmes.

John Peel’s Shed/Circled in The Radio Times @ Otley Courthouse
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
John Peel's Shed/Circled in The Radio Times @ Otley Courthouse

Writer and theatre maker John Osborne returns to the stage with a double bill of two evocative, funny and heart-warming storytelling shows. Cult Edinburgh sell out show John Peel’s Shed is about a box of records that once belonged to Radio 1 DJ John Peel. This is the story of what John did next with those records. The show was a complete sell out at the 2011 Edinburgh fringe, receiving five-star reviews and was adapted for BBC Radio 4. After touring the country it’s back for a few shows, performed alongside John’s new show Circled in the Radio Times, about his grandfather’s collection of old magazines and the changing ways all of us watch television.

Tickets are £12

Mayor’s Ball @ Westbourne House
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mayor's Ball @ Westbourne House

In aid of Behind Closed Doors and Cubs and Scouts, this year’s Mayor’s Ball takes place on Friday April 26 from 7pm.

The £25 ticket gets you a three-course meal followed by live music from Dale Country (Sean Gilligan’s Band). There will also be a raffle in aid of the mayor’s charities.

Tickets in advance from Otley Core on Orchard Gate.

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist @ Otley Courthouse
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist @ Otley Courthouse

The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley.

★★★★★ “An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” – The Wee Review

Paul’s co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows – I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Old Harry’s Game, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Spitting Image and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Now Paul has Parkinson’s but he’s still laughing.

Following his BBC One Documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side (for which he won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Presenter), a triumphant debut at London’s Comedy Store, and a sold-out month at the Edinburgh Fringe, here’s a one man show about the therapeutic power of comedy.

Paul is not contagious but he is worth catching.

“I know Paul as ‘F***wit’. He’s always been very funny, but now he has Parkinson’s, he’s ‘F***wittier’” – Dawn French

“Very funny, and moving too” – Richard Curtis

“Paul isn’t just one of the country’s funniest writers. It turns out he is also an annoyingly brilliant performer” – Josh Widdicombe

★★★★ “A master of story telling, timing and delivery… an expertly conceived and delivered hour of comedy” – Fringe Review

★★★★ “Charmingly funny & warmly delivered… The well-worked punchlines should appeal to every age” – What’s On London

★★★★ “Eloquent storytelling reminiscent of the likes of Terry Jones and Peter Sellers… sets the room into fits of laughter” – BroadwayBaby

Otley Rugby Union Football Club vs Fylde 2018-19 @ Otley RUFC
Apr 27 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Otley Rugby Union Football Club vs Fylde 2018-19 @ Otley RUFC

Otley Rugby Union Club plays in the National League 2 North at the famous Cross Green ground in Otley. Tickets available on the door.

Otley RUFC formed in 1865 and is one of the most distinguished rugby clubs in the country. The First XV has played at the top of the National Leagues for more than a decade, and many internationals have come through the club’s Junior section including Nigel Melville and more recently Danny Care.

The club has hosted some memorable occasions including the North’s defeat of the All Blacks in 1979, the North versus Australia in 1988, and Italy versus the USA in the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

Gilmore & Roberts @ Otley Courthouse
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gilmore & Roberts @ Otley Courthouse

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.

Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo has toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Back by popular demand, the duo will perform tracks from their new album A Problem of Our Kind, which contains some of the most stripped-back arrangements of Gilmore & Roberts’ career so far.

Otley Farmers’ Market – April @ Market Place, Otley
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Otley Farmers' Market - April @ Market Place, Otley

Monthly farmers’ market selling fresh and organic produce, direct from the producer and sourced as locally as possible. The wide variety of stalls include bread, jams and honey preserves, fresh eggs, homemade bread, plants & herbs, Italian and Indian foods, pies, pork, bacon and beef products, fish, confectionery, local cheeses, handmade chocolates, ostrich meat, mushrooms,  fruit and vegetables and local breweries.

The stallholders are always happy to discuss their products and help visitors with their choice of purchases and there are lots of opportunities to sample the delicious food on offer.

Fizz, Film & Fish ‘n’ Chips – Mamma Mia – Here we go again! @ Otley Courthouse
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fizz, Film & Fish 'n' Chips - Mamma Mia - Here we go again! @ Otley Courthouse

114mins, PG

Join the Courthouse for an afternoon screening of this family film, with a glass of fizz and followed by fish and chips (or veggie option). In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University — leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam — the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day,

Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Recorded Screening @ Otley Courthouse
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Recorded Screening @ Otley Courthouse

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCrea, Rebecca McKinnis, Shobna Gulati, Lucie Shorthouse and Lee Ross with Michelle Visage lead a twenty-four-strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance. With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ led by singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Join us for this performed recorded at The Apollo Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue.

Tickets are £13 Adult, £12 Courthouse Friends.

To book please call our box office on 01943 467466 or go online at otleycourthouse.org.uk