The Muddy Guide: 15-21 Dec

National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land – various venues – Thurs 15 Dec

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Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in this revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic, and it will be broadcast live from the Wyndham’s Theatre. The story follows two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, who meet in a Hampstead pub and then continue their drinking back at Hirst’s nearby home. As they get more and more drunk, and their stories more unbelievable, the converstation toons into a reealing power game. Click here to find a venue near you.

nationaltheatre.org.uk

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Snow Ball Christmas Parties – G Live, Guildford – Thurs 15, Fri 16 and Sat 17 Dec

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G Live’s Snow Ball Christmas Party sounds like a fab way to kick off your festive frolics. Gather a group and celebrate in this wintery wonderland in sparkling style. Tickets are £49.50 and include a glass of bubbly on arrival, a three-course dinner, DJ and live entertainment. The dress code is sequins, sparkles or black tie.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk

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Christmas Animal Visit – Hatchalnds Park – Sat 17 and Sun 18 Dec

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The animals from Miller’s Ark Farm will be in the courtyard at Hatchlands Park for the Christmas annual visit. Hatchland’s resident donkeys, Morris and Callum, will also be there to say hello to. The animals will be there from 11am-3pm.

Hatchlands Park, East Wing Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT. Tel: 01483 222482. nationaltrust.org.uk

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Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker – Leatherhead Theatre – Sat 10 Dec and Thurs 17 Dec

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker – but schlepping up to London can be a drag. There’s an encore screening at Leatherhead Theatre on Thurs 17 Dec. It’s the classic tale danced to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, on a gorgeous festive stage. Tickets are £16.50 adults, £10.50 children. The show starts at 7.15pm.

The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Tel: 01372 365141. theleatherheadtheatre.org

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Frozen – Rose Theatre, Kingston – Mon 19 Dec

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No sign of the Frozen phenomenon abating anytime toon. So get along to the Rose Theatre in Kingston and sing along at this film screening of the Disney, er, classic. A bouncing snowflake hovers over on-screen lyrics so that everyone in the audience can follow the music and sing to their hearts content. And you can even come dressed as your favourite characters. Grit your teeth parents, you know your cherubs are going to love this.

Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090.  rosetheatrekingston.org

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A Medieval Christmas at Guildford Castle – Sun 18 Dec

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Find Guildford Castle turns into a winter wonderland in this Medieval Christmas as experienced by  King Edward III in 1347. The event will introduce you to the traditions of the festive season from King Ed’s era, and combines craft and food stalls with festive fun for all the family. It’s on from 11.30am-3.30pm and entry to the grounds are free. Entry to the castle is £3.20 adult, £1.60 child.

Guildford Castle, Castle Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU13SX. Tel: 01483 444751. guildford.gov.uk

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Santa and the Pirates (That Don’t Want Christmas) – The Leatherhead Theatre – Wed 21 Dec

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This show features not only Santa, but also pirates, and features songs and a chance to meet Santa after the show. It’s a 40 minute show and it promises to be a fun family event. The show starts at 2pm. Tickets for the show only are £7, and for the show plus the meet Santa it’s £10, which includes a gift,

The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Tel: 01372 365141. theleatherheadtheatre.org 

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The Snow Queen – Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Sat 17 to Sat 24 Dec

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The Apollo Theatre Company brings this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story to the stage just in time for Christmas. When Kai is sntached from his home by the beautiful, cruel Snow Queen, his best friend Gerda sets off to rescue him. Along the way she meets a series of strangers who help her in her quest. It’s most suitable for kids aged 4+. Most days there are shows at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are £9.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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The Wizard of Oz – Cranleigh Arts Centre – 19 & 20 Dec

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This fast paced and fun musical has recently returned from a sell-out world tour and looks like it’ll be lots of fun. It features all of your favourite characters. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West as you rediscover the real story of Oz. Shows are at 1.30pm and 6pm on Dec 19 and 6pm on Dec 20. Tickets are £14.50 adults, £12 children, £48 family of four.

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS. Tel: 01483 278000. cranleighartscentre.org

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Tenors Unlimited – St Andrew’s Church, Cobham – Sat 17 Dec

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Tenors Unlimited are bringing their bad-boy opera to Cobham as part of their ‘Christmas With…’ season. The Rat Pack of Opera – Paul Martin, Jem Sharples, Scott Ciscon –  have performed alongside such notables as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. They’ll be singing some of their most popular repertoire, as well as some festive favourites. Tickets are £13 adults, £7 under 16s. Concert starts at 7pm.

St Andrew’s Church, Church Street. Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EJ. Tel: 020 8534 6926. tenorsunlimited.com

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Santa in Love – Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Thur 15 Dec

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One for the little ones – it’s recommended for aged 2 and up. Santa and his friends will bring games, giggles and your favourite Christmas songs to Guildford. And Santa will then hang around after the show to meet the kids and hand out pressies. There are shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 4.15pm, and each runs for about an hour. Tickets are £9.50.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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