On Thursday March 3, The Hound of the Baskervilles opens at Ilkley Playhouse. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes case gets a makeover in this hilarious take on the legendary gothic mystery with over fourteen characters played by just a trio of actors. It’s unlikely that writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever envisioned The Hound of the Baskervilles being turned into a comedy. The story of Sherlock Holmes is set in the desolate landscape of Dartmoor in 1889, where the great detective and Dr Watson investigate an ancient family curse at Baskerville Hall that results in its victims being mutilated by a demonic dog. Yet in 2007 the acclaimed comedy theater company Peepolykus chose it as the first classic British text to receive its surreal treatment, and in 2007 it premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (as it was then known) to acclaim as “a goofy, grotesque, and fast-paced production brimming with gags and laughs”. The piece is still perfect for anyone who’s a fan of the book or the movie as there are nods to both throughout. The play truly celebrates the story of The Hound of the Baskervilles and its rich characters, but invites audiences to laugh and enjoy brilliant comedic storytelling in the process.If you’re looking for a parody, then That’s exactly what you need!The Hound of the Baskervilles runs until Saturday, March 12. Please note that the performance on Monday, March 7 will have social distance seating.

Back by popular demand, the Rob Dylan Band returns to Ilkley Playhouse this Saturday, February 19. Formed by a group of musicians who share a passion for the music of Bob Dylan, their performance captures the spirit of the Rolling Thunder Revue with exciting, dynamic playing and powerful vocals. It was a sold out performance the last time they performed at Ilkley Playhouse, so book your tickets early!

Ilkley Playhouse is delighted to welcome JVB Productions to Wildman Studio on Friday 25th February to perform The Circle of Life. Having lost her job a few weeks before confinement, Julie Victoria Boyle decided to write. And The Circle of Life is the play she wrote during the global pandemic of 2020. There are moments in our lives that define us for the best… And moments that mark us for life. But it’s a game we all have to play. It is a circle of life that turns constantly and never stops. Even when your turn is over, the circle never stops spinning. Come join us to share poignant, funny, bitter and sweet moments in time. You can’t erase the past, you can only look forward and enjoy the ride as best you can. Please note that this production contains strong adult swearing and themes and we suggest an advisory age of 16+.

We have great live music events coming up in March and April, starting with the return of Laurel Canyon Union and Nick Hall on Friday, March 25. Expect the sweet reflection of James Taylor to the rebellious fury of Neil Young, with Jackson Browne favourites, the Eagles, Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash and many more along the way. On Saturday March 26, the Otley-based, high-energy, folk, rock and roll Jon Palmer Acoustic Band will perform. They are best described as “exploding from the same box as The Pogues, The Saw Doctors and The Waterboys”.

On Friday April 1, Cilla and the Swinging 60s perform for the first time at the Ilkley Playhouse. Expect a highly entertaining show, stylishly celebrating the life and music of the legendary Cilla Black as well as a hand-picked selection of her well-known contemporaries including Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Petula Clark and the Beatles. Featuring the unforgettable voice and former West End singer Sandy Smith as Cilla, the show will take you on a journey through many of the greatest pop songs of the 1960s.

On Saturday April 2 we see the return of the popular The Art of Simon with special guest Graham Hodge. Dive into nostalgia as Bryan and Jeremy perform classic Simon and Garfunkel hits. The Art of Simon faithfully recreates the songs of Paul Simon, from Mrs Robinson to Homeward Bound and Bridge over Troubled Water. If you are a fan of contemporary music, this is a show not to be missed.

For details of all our plays and events and to book tickets, visit www.ilkleyplayhouse.co.uk or contact the Ilkley Playhouse box office on 01943 609539.