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

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

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime @ Otley Courthouse
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Andrew Maxwell: Showtime @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

With “SHOWTIME” Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival’s most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it’s ‘showtime’ for the rest of the country.

Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy, showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies). He’s been seen on – among others – Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News for You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock the Week (BBC Two); and to a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV’s Ex On The Beach.

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg @ Otley Courthouse
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth’s case it’s tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

*****‘A master raconteur’ Telegraph

***** ’Total joy’ Scotsman