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Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

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Friday 21 Feb 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 14th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents

Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

Friday, 21st February, at 7:45pm

St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL

Tickets:  £8 general / £6 concessions

Early bird £1 off discount till 14th February 2020

Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. Two new Fethering novels have been published this year: The Liar in the Library and The Killer in the Choir.

His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine.

Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Paris in the Radio 4 adaptations of his books.

In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.

‘A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans’ P. D. James

We are thrilled to be hosting another visit to Oundle by Simon, who will be talking about his life and work.

Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance

Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance

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Monday 24 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now
Tuesday 25 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now
Wednesday 26 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now
Thursday 27 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now
Friday 28 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now
Saturday 29 Feb 20207:30pm Book Now

Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan Players present

Pirates of Penzance

Every night for one week

24th February till 29th February 2020

Start 7:30pm

Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

7 West Street, PE8 4EJ


Monday 24th Feb - general £10 - This show is a preview.

The rest of the week - general £14

There is wheelchair access.

Pirates galore on a Cornish shore

Young maidens, each one a true beauty

A troubled young man, with a dangerous plan,

will he be a Slave of Duty?

A Major General, modern but troubled

Bumbling police with timidity doubled

Love and happiness is put in doubt

How will this story all work out?

Come and enjoy this ever-popular and highly comical musical entertainment, brought to you by our very talented team - both on-stage and behind the scenes!

For more information visit our website,

Sponsored by Woodford & Co., property consultants & auctioneers, Oundle.

David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

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Saturday 29 Feb 20207:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents

David Starkey

Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco the Clown?

Saturday, 29th February

7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


£16 general / £14 concession

Join us for an intriguing and entertaining talk with David Starkey a brilliant, engaging, and often controversial speaker and arguably one of the country’s most respected and colourful historians.

Who is our most unexpected prime minister? Is Boris Johnson Churchill reborn, as he seems to believe? Is he another Charles II, caught between the irreconcilable factions of Remainers and Brexiteers, and destined to betray both? Or is he just plain old Coco the Clown, as his previous buffoonish behaviour led almost everyone to think?

In this lecture David Starkey blends his knowledge of history and current politics into a sparkling, (and very strong), cocktail.

David Starkey is a Cambridge educated grammar schoolboy who became a respected LSE lecturer. He was a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, a controversial contributor to Question Time, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series.

In 1984 David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1994 a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He was also given an Honorary Fellowship at his Cambridge College, Fitzwilliam College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 Birthday Honours for services to history.

OWL Talks: De-cluttering, a modern cure for a modern "illness"

OWL Talks: De-cluttering, a modern cure for a modern "illness"

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Thursday 5 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now

OWL Talks present

De-cluttering, a modern cure for a modern "illness"

Thursday, 5th March

Doors & bar open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm

Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ

The event is free to attend, doors & bar open at 7pm but please reserve your seat in advance. There are no physical tickets but your name will added to the reservation list.

Do have too much stuff in your life?  Do you hang onto items for those ‘just in case’ situations? Clutter is a modern ‘illness’ which cannot be cured until we accept how it is affecting our well-being, our home life and the environment. Professional declutter and home organiser, Conchetta Laquintana, will prove the truth in the saying ‘less is more’.                                  

This event is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include carbon offsetting, sustainable fashion, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline for 2020.  

Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.

Monica M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

Monica M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

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Saturday 7 Mar 20202:30pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 28th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents

Monica M Vaughan, Tips for Young Writers

Satuday, 7th March at 2:30pm

The Great Hall, Oundle School

New Street, PE8 4GH

Tickets: General £6

Early bird £1 off till 28th February

Whether you dream about being a bestselling author one day, or just want some tips to help with your schoolwork, Monica M. Vaughan will be here to help! In a presentation packed with handy tricks, tips and writing secrets, Monica will be sharing everything she wished she'd known when she first started writing.

Monica’s latest book, Slick, is a standalone novel about the friendship between a boy and an android and about what it means to be human.

It has been shortlisted for Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award 2020, longlisted for the 2020 UKLA Book Award, and longlisted for Bookbuzz 2020.

“Funny, smart, and full of positive messages.” School Library Journal

Monica writes science fiction books for children and is passionate about writing and reading, and about fuelling that passion in children. Her love of technology, gaming and coding feature heavily in her books and she is especially keen to encourage reluctant readers to engage with literature. She has fifteen years’ experience in teaching (mostly with children with emotional & behavioural difficulties) and is a confident and engaging speaker.

Suitable for children 7 – 12 years old and their adults!

Easter Parade (U)

Easter Parade

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Sunday 8 Mar 20202:30pm Book Now

Oundle Cinema presents

Sunday 8th March (2.30pm) - mind the different time


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ

special £5 adult ticket price

Duration: 1h 43 mins

Guaranteed to put everyone into the perfect mood for Easter, this Irvin Berlin musical is an absolute classic from the golden age of Hollywood.  Starring Fred Astaire as a dancer who, dumped by his partner, vows to turn the next girl he sees into an elegant star.  Judy Garland plays the unfortunate waitress his eye alights upon and thus begins the painful task of turning her into a showbiz sensation. Slowly however Don (Astaire) comes to realise that he is wrong to try to create an exact copy of his old partner Nadine, and instead allows Garland’s musical talent and their natural stage chemistry to lead them to their rightful place, headlining the prestigious “Zeigfeld Follies” and staking their place in the world famous “Easter Parade” along New York’s Fifth Avenue.

“The standout musical numbers include the excellent Couple of Swells and Steppin’ out with my Baby.  Wonderful”  Empire Magazine

Adrian Lukis, Being Mr Wickham

Adrian Lukis, Being Mr Wickham

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Saturday 14 Mar 20207:00pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents

Adrian Lukis

Being Mr Wickham

Saturday, 14th March at 7pm

St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, Oundle, PE8 4AL

Tickets: £13/£11

Written off as a rake and reviled as a rogue, join George Wickham on the eve of his sixtieth birthday to discover his version of some very famous literary events. From childhood games at Pemberley to a run-in with Lord Byron via marriage, Lydia, and just a little bit of matchmaking for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, Mr Wickham is ready to set the record straight. This brand-new production by Catherine Curzon sees Adrian Lukis return to his celebrated role as George Wickham, Jane Austen’s most quintessential trouble-maker.

Adrian trained at Hull University and Drama Studio, London. He has appeared in numerous productions, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and most recently in The Price at London’s Wyndhams Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award. He was also nominated for best actor by the Off West End awards for his role in ‘I’m gonna pray for you so hard’. Among many television and film appearances, he has recently appeared in Collateral, Judy, Toast of London, Us and will shortly be seen in Spy City, by William Boyd. He still perhaps best known for his long-standing roles in Peak Practice and as Wickham in Pride and Prejudice.

Saturday Night at the Movies

Saturday Night at the Movies

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Saturday 14 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents

Saturday Night at the Movies

Saturday 14th March 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Oakham School Chapel, Oakham

Chapel Close, Market Place LE15 6DT


£12 Adult advance (£14 on door)

£10 Concession advance (£12 on door)

£3 Children and students under 18

£3 Students in full time education

Conductor                David Calow

Violin                        Katherine Collison


Star Wars

The Lord of the Rings

Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission

Theme from Schindler's List

Disney at the Movies

Star Trek Suite

Out of Africa

Theme from the Godfather

James Bond 007 Suite

Ladies in Lavender

The Big Country

Moon River

Cinema Paradiso

The Pink Panther

Dances with Wolves

Pirates of the Caribbean

Going to the cinema is probably the closest many children and adults get to experiencing an orchestra but you have the chance to see and hear some amazing Oscar-winning film scores played live at Saturday Night at the Movies!  The Sinfonia’s own leader, Katherine Collison will be the soloist in two film favourites, Schindler’s List and Ladies in Lavender. Book early as David's concerts are always really popular and this programme looks a winner!

Reasonable access to the chapel and separate WC facilities nearby.  Please note that whilst the attendance of wheelchair users at the concert is welcomed, it would be helpful to have advance notice of their coming so suitable places can be prepared in advance to better cater for them.

dOCs+ Five Seasons (U)

dOCs+ Five Seasons

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Wednesday 18 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Get five dOCs+ for £30 from 19/2)

Oundle Cinema dOCs+ presents

Wednesday 18th March (7.30pm)

FIVE SEASONS (U)        

Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA

Director: Thomas Piper                                        1h 15m

A modern garden designer – Piet Oudolf -  changing the look and feel of gardens and giving them a new and sensory idiom. ‘Five Seasons’ immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.

As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.

Through poetic cinematography and unique access, ‘Five Seasons’ will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

“Piper's film is unrushed and chock-full of spark and life, much like the gardens Piper spotlights” Village Voice