Madcap John is back for a hometown gig

John Otway at Limelight Theatre April 2013
John Otway at Limelight Theatre April 2013

He revels in his status as one of the rock world’s most indefatigable nearly men, and one-time Aylesbury dustman John Otway shows no signs of giving up on his dreams after nearly 40 years of knocking on the door of stardom.

It’s not that he hasn’t seen success – he’s topped the charts in his time, sold out the Royal Albert Hall and chartered a jet to fly his devoted fans to his gigs.

To mark his 60th birthday he drummed up the cash to create a film all about his intriguing life story, taking a producer credit and the starring role. A trip to the Cannes Film Festival to promote the work is, of course, part of this year’s plans.

What they’ll make of this national treasure in the south of France is anyone’s guess, but on his home turf he is cherished as a rare talent, a shambolic stage presence who combines an ear for a catchy tune with a performance style that puts effort and enthusiasm over elegance every time.

If you’ve never experienced an Otway show before, catch him while you can – he’s at the Limelight Theatre on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm.

Tickets are £12 with £10 concessions, call the box office on 01296 431272 or you can book online at