Dr Who stage show coming to town

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11:34am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Vision Nine and BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce that the UK and European premiere of the hugely popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be making a stop at the first direct arena next May.

Thought for the Week

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11:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

Thought for the week from the Rev Peter Willox, Vicar, St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding

Review of Shakespeare in Hollywood at Ilkley Playhouse

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4:44pm Monday 14th July 2014

Review of Shakespeare in Hollywood at Ilkley Playhouse

Review: The Tickled Teapot, Menston

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1:25pm Monday 14th July 2014

The Tickled Teapot

Accompanist joins choir for last time

Wharfedale Observer: (7823987)Members of Steeton Male Voice Choir performing recently at Alnwick Gardens

9:45am Saturday 12th July 2014

STEETON Male Voice Choir will perform its last concert next week with an accompanist who has played with the choir for 14 years.

Wise up when keeping your garden watered this summer

Wharfedale Observer: A person pouring water into the watering can. Warm weather means there could be hosepipe bans this summer. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Homebase. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Fe

12:08pm Thursday 10th July 2014

WE may have had the warmest spring on record, but last winter was also the wettest, so we are a long way from a drought and hosepipe ban.

Kia Optima offers affordable luxury

Wharfedale Observer: The refreshed Kia Optima

11:44am Thursday 10th July 2014

New car roadtest: Refreshed and ready to do battle in the tough mid-size saloon market, Kia’s Optima is a high-spec, value for money alternative to the mainstream opposition. By Iain Dooley, Motoring Writer

Pianist who is attracting celebrity fans

Wharfedale Observer: Pianist James Rhodes

5:08pm Monday 7th July 2014

JAMES Rhodes is a dude. A classical pianist wrapped in starry celebrity. At a performance in Hay last month, the Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch led the standing ovation. Fans include Stephen Fry. Why? Rhodes has reinvented the image of classical music. This July, he stars as Harrogate International Festival’s Artist in Resident.

Review: Beryl, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: Penny Layden as Beryl Burton on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

3:27pm Monday 7th July 2014

PERFECTLY-timed for the Tour De France’s Yorkshire Grand Depart, Maxine Peake’s Beryl comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse where Leo Owen caught the show

Eleven piece band Bellowing into Yorkshire for Harrogate festival

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5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

HOLD onto your hats. Bellowhead is blasting into Yorkshire headlining Harrogate International Festival tomorrow night (Friday), as well as curating a platform for Young Musicians during the month-long festival. We spoke to cellist, fiddle player and the only female in the 11-strong band, Rachel McShane.

Review: Leeds Symphony Orchestra, St Margaret's Church, Horsforth

Wharfedale Observer: Leeds Symphony Orchestra (Photograph by Paolo Pozzana)

4:51pm Monday 7th July 2014

Leeds Symphony Orchestra

Shakespeare in Hollywood at Ilkley Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: Julia O'Keefe and Tony Wade in Shakespeare in Hollywood

4:37pm Monday 7th July 2014

SHAKESPEARE in Hollywood is the last production of the season to be staged at Ilkley Playhouse this summer, running until July 19. Directed for the Playhouse by Robin Green in the Wharfeside Theatre, this hilarious farce has sets designed in collaboration the Arts and Media students of Bradford College. The second year students are also helping the talented wardroom team at Ilkley Playhouse, with the design of some of the costumes.

Comedian Mark Watson at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Wharfedale Observer: Mark Watson

4:15pm Monday 7th July 2014

AS FAR as career paths go, Mark Watson’s is nothing if not varied.

Review: Airedale Symphony Orchestra, King's Hall, Ilkley

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3:32pm Monday 7th July 2014

Airedale Symphony Orchestra

Review: Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, West Yorkshire Playhouse

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2:27pm Friday 4th July 2014

Untold Stories,

Great performances in powerful Bennett play

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2:47pm Friday 4th July 2014


Talking Heads leave you figuring out the story

Wharfedale Observer: St Agnes Church Hall transformed for WYPH Talking Heads: Christopher Chilton as Graham in A Chip in the Sugar (7426355)

2:31pm Friday 4th July 2014

Talking Heads

11th annual variety show at King's Hall, Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Children of Performance Drama School who are gearing up for the 11th annual variety show at The King’s Hall, Ilkley.

12:18pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE local children of Performance Drama School are gearing up for their 11th annual variety show at The King’s Hall, Ilkley.

Review: The Singing Days Ensemble, All Saints Church, Ilkley

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4:33pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

By Una Barry

Review: Samson by Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies at St Margaret's, Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: St Margaret's Church, Ilkley

10:24am Thursday 5th June 2014

By Una Barry (soprano)

Andrew Dunn takes to stage in Full Monty

Wharfedale Observer: The cast of The Full Monty which comes to Bradford next year

9:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Leeds actor Andrew Dunn will be baring all on the Alhambra stage next year, heading the cast of a stage adaptation of The Full Monty.

Get set for centenary show

Wharfedale Observer: Members of the cast of Carnaby Street: The Musical

8:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Whilst the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford continues to celebrate its centenary year another of Bradford Theatres’ venues is set to celebrate as the Winter Garden in Ilkley reaches the same milestone in June 2014.

Aireborough Marie Curie group host two fashion shows

10:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

The Aireborough Marie Curie Fundraising Group is holding a tea party and a fashion show in June.

Chippendale Singers perform some of their favourite tunes

10:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

The Chippendale Singers will perform at St Mary’s Church, Burley-in-Wharfedale, on Saturday June 7.

Hope and Social’s special Tour

Wharfedale Observer: Hope & Social

9:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

As part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, the band Hope & Social have been taking their special brand of music around the route of the Grand Départ.

Duncan McFarlane gains a new audience

Wharfedale Observer: Duncan McFarlane and his band were at Otley RUFC

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Duncan McFarlane and his band were at Otley RUFC Duncan McFarlane needs no introduction to Otley folk audiences. He is a fixture at the Folk Festival, whether in electric or acoustic mode – usually both, in a variety of venues.

Magical puppetry tells story of nature at Otley Courthouse

Wharfedale Observer: Visitors to Otley Courthouse will be asked to step inside Mimika Theatre’s magical white dome next week to enjoy its family-friendly Landscapes show

7:28pm Sunday 25th May 2014

A host of family-focused half-term activities will be held at Otley Courthouse next week.

Olivia designs an Otley Carnvial success

Wharfedale Observer: Olivia Driver, left, wearing a T-shirt showing her winning cover design for the 2014 Otley Carnival programme, receving prizes from the 2013 Carnival Queen, Katelyn May; with competition organiser Michele Smallshaw

8:08pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Full details about this year's Otley Carnival can now be found in the event's freshly printed programme.

Institute - Slick choreography and sets enlighten play’s mind games

Wharfedale Observer: ‘A Kaftaesque environment’ – A scene from Institute

8:05pm Sunday 25th May 2014


The Halle - Rhapsody is an energetic finale

8:00pm Sunday 25th May 2014

The Halle

Scalakids put on a show in just one week

Wharfedale Observer: Yeadon Town Hall is going green.

7:55pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Young thespians will be pulling out all the stops to put on a ‘show in a week’ at Yeadon Town Hall.

John Lill - First standing ovation in 68 years after amazing concert

Wharfedale Observer: Pianist John Lill wowed the audience in the concert season’s finale

7:52pm Sunday 25th May 2014

John Lill

Patsy Matheson - Edginess adds to an impressive folk set

Wharfedale Observer: Folk musician Patsy Matheson

7:50pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Patsy Matheson

Funny yet poignant story of Jewish drag queen Arnold's search for love

7:40pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Next month there will be a four-night performance of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy in the Wildman Studio from June 24-27 at 7.30pm.

Half of a Yellow Sun author at Ilkley Literature Festival event

Wharfedale Observer: ON HOLD: New public toilets for the King’s Hall, Ilkley, have been deferred.

7:33pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Leeds Metropolitan University has joined forces with the Ilkley Literature Festival this year to present an evening with award-winning novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Manager Chloe set to leave Otley Courthouse

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Courthouse's new manager Chloe Perry

7:31pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Otley Courthouse is preparing to bid farewell to its centre manager.

Mischief Theater arrives in Leeds before West End run

Wharfedale Observer: Barnum

12:23pm Monday 19th May 2014

In an already jam-packed year of musicals, comedy, drama and dance, Leeds Grand Theatre has announced a host of brand new shows coming this year along with a sneaky peak into 2015.

Inventions go bang at Otley Courthouse science show for children

Wharfedale Observer: Otley scientist Marty Jopson.

12:13pm Monday 19th May 2014

Science and music will feature in a full weekend of activities at Otley Courthouse.

Wendy the Walrus takes centre stage at Ilkley Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: Meet Wendy, The Worried Walrus, at Ilkley Playhouse

12:05pm Monday 19th May 2014

We’ve an action-packed fortnight of entertainment coming up with pretty much something for everyone.

Gerry and the Pacemakers cross the Pennines

Wharfedale Observer: Gerry and the Pacemakers

11:56am Monday 19th May 2014

Audiences are invited to take a musical journey through the life and times of one of the UK’s greatest 60s icons, Gerry Marsden, in Gerry Cross the Mersey at the King’s Hall, Ilkley on Wednesday, May 28.

Cheers to a refreshing new cider concept

Wharfedale Observer: A customer tries out one of the tasting boards at the new Cider Emporium

12:41pm Monday 19th May 2014

Ilkley bar, The Yard has opened a unique concept, a Cider Emporium believed to offer the biggest selection of ciders in Yorkshire.

Lion King is record breaker

Wharfedale Observer: Actors Stephen Carlile and Gugwana Dlamini, left, with Adam Renton (General Manager) Laura Wood (Deputy General Manager)

12:36pm Monday 19th May 2014

Disney’s The Lion King completed its record-breaking run at the Bradford Alhambra last Saturday, having been experienced by more than 80,000 people.

Wedding Singer hits all the right notes for 1980s excess

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Tomlinson who plays the lead role of Robbie Hart in the Brass Neck Theatre Group production of The Wedding Singer

12:33pm Monday 19th May 2014

The Wedding Singer

Otley Courthouse to host summer of cycling events

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Courthouse

12:31pm Monday 19th May 2014

Otley Courthouse is to hold three weeks of Tour de France related events this summer.

Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave in Otley

Wharfedale Observer: Chiwetel Ejiofor, centre, in 12 Years A Slave

12:25pm Monday 19th May 2014

The Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave will be shown in Otley next week.

Artist's work to support Bolton Priory group

Wharfedale Observer: St Ives Beach by Stephanie Dingle

12:20pm Monday 19th May 2014

Stephanie Dingle, a member of the Bolton Priory congregation, holds a special art exhibition at Bolton Abbey Village Hall from Friday, May 23 to Sunday, May 25.

La Boheme is a heartbreaker

12:15pm Monday 19th May 2014

Opera North has embarked on a mission to woo newcomers by targeting La Boheme at the musical theatre audience who might possibly be tempted to try an evening at the opera. If you love West Side Story, Les Mis or Phantom, then the tuneful Boheme by Puccini and set in the 1950’s is but a short step further at Leeds Grand.

Charity show for Grace's Wish

Wharfedale Observer: Grace Hitchen

12:09pm Monday 19th May 2014

Tickets are still available for Grace’s Wish Charity Show which takes place at the King’s Hall in Ilkley on Friday, May 23.

Memorial competition for former Ilkley Playhouse manager Walter Swan

Wharfedale Observer: Walter Swan

12:07pm Monday 19th May 2014

An annual playwriting competition for young people has been set up as a tribute to Walter Swan, the Playhouse’s creative development manager who tragically died suddenly and unexpectedly on Easter Monday.

Cycle to Bolton Abbey and return by train

Wharfedale Observer: An idyllic day near Bolton Abbey

11:20am Thursday 15th May 2014

Enjoy a pleasant ride on the quiet country roads, visiting Dales beauty spot Bolton Abbey, with its 12th-century Augustinian monastery, before returning by steam train

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