Kate Williams: Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen @ Otley Courthouse
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kate Williams: Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Kate Williams is a specialist in modern history, royal and constitutional affairs, and she is Professor of Modern History at Reading University. She was the co presenter of BBC Two’s Restoration Home and has presented and contributed to many historical shows on TV, including her BBC Two documentary Young Victoria and recent BBC One show on VE Day. To accompany the major BBC Two Drama, Versailles, Kate co-presented two series of Inside Versailles, delving deeper into the history of the French court.

We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen.

Her father initially refused to let her volunteer as a nurse during the Blitz, but relented when she was 18 and allowed her to work as a mechanic and truck driver for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was her forward-thinking approach that ensured that her coronation was televised, against the advice of politicians at the time.

Kate reveals how the 25-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the 20th century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the 21st century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.

DNA: We Know What You’re Thinking @ Otley Courthouse
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DNA: We Know What You're Thinking @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Following their astounding appearances on the eleventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, mind reading duo DNA are taking their brand new show called We Know What You’re Thinking out on a UK tour from 6th February – 29th March 2019.

Andrew and Darren, best known as mind reading double act DNA, took the nation by storm when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 with their incredible telepathic ability known as “The Gift”. Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers at home, the duo went on to reach the live finals of the hit ITV talent show. Their first audition has reached almost 10 million YouTube views alone.

Performed completely live, they can ask volunteers to concentrate on the name of celebrities, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a word in a book, the name of the street they grew up on, a relative’s name… literally anything. With devastating speed and accuracy, the pair are then able to reveal what that name, number or word is, every time.

Their unique mind reading performances have now been enjoyed by tens of millions of people around the world. Aptly named ’The Gift’, the duo have created a show that will blow minds and prove that the impossible really is possible – but only for them!

This brand new show features world exclusive, never before seen material that is being showcased for the very first time!

Now their incredible talents are being taken out to venues across the UK and will be coming to a venue near you in February and March 2019, so book your tickets now.

“We’re still trying to work out how they did it now” ★★★★★ Radio Times

“What you do, honestly, is incredible.” Simon Cowell

“DNA left the judges speechless with their jaw dropping mind reading act” ★★★★★ The Sun

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