HALLOWEEN may have come and gone but thrill seekers can still look forward to some frightening fun at Otley Courthouse.

Thunder Road Theatre are preparing to bring their new production of The Body Snatcher to the venue on Sunday, November 17.

The show is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s chilling story of the same name and is set in the town of Inglenook - where something is seriously amiss.

The milk has soured, the post is unread, dogs are howling day and night and the locals are vanishing...seemingly into thin air. As fear haunts those who remain, a young scientist is disturbed by a noise underground: and it’s getting louder.

The Body Snatcher is described as ‘an unnerving experience’ that features live action, music and storytelling in ‘a tale of mystery, morality, and science unhinged’.

Thunder Road theatre company focuses on developing performances inspired by novels and putting them on the stage with a contemporary edge, while maintaining the essence and themes of the original story.

The company has produced and created several sell-out shows in partnership with Harrogate Theatre and The Body Snatcher is another result of the collaboration. Tickets for the Otley show, which starts at 7.30pm and is suitable for those aged 12 and over, cost £13.

Fans of Eighties pop, meanwhile, should pencil Thursday, November 21 in their diaries. That’s when China Crisis, who achieved five top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums in the 1980s, will be bringing their RETROspective Tour to the Courthouse.

Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly, who founded the band in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979 will be performing some of their best loved songs - including African and White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray and Wishful Thinking.

They will also be playing a selection of tunes from all of their seven studio albums. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets cost £21.

On Sunday, December 1 the Courthouse will be holding two Christmas-themed workshops to tie in with this year’s Otley Victorian Fayre. Both sessions last for one hour and will involve participating children designing and making their own festive cards and decorations.

The first, for six to eight year olds (who must be accompanied), starts at 2pm and the second, for nine to 12 year olds, begins at 3pm. All materials will be provided and tickets cost £5. To book tickets visit www.otleycourthouse.org.uk, call (01943) 467466 or pop into the venue on Courthouse Street.