What’s on… this year
Crack out your calendar, folks (and maybe your credit card). Here are the hottest tickets for Surrey in 2020. Get them booked while you still can.
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 17 – Sat 22 Feb
The smash hit revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit tours just seven venues in England before transferring to the West End so this one to catch while it’s here. Directed by the multi-Olivier Award winning direct Sir Richard Eyre, and starring Jennifer Saunders as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati, the witty comedy tells the story of Charles and Ruth who are haunted by the host of Charles’ first wife.
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Tues 18 – Sat 22 Feb
Snap up this chance to see Mr Jazzhands himself, EastEnder-turned-West-Ender John Partridge, as the Emcee in Cabaret this February after its two smash hit runs in London. Anita Harris also joins the line-up for an extra sprinkling of star power. Grab your lipstick (loving your look there, John) and get ready to head to 1930s Berlin.
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 9 – Sat 14 March
It might be a slightly different vibe to his A Christmas Carol panto run, but we’re thrilled to see Stephen Tompkinson in the role of Frank for this 40th anniversary staging of Educating Rita. If you miss it at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in early March, then head to the Rose Theatre in Kingston from 24-28 March to catch this classic.
The Kite Runner
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 10 – Sat 14 March
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. It comes to Richmond Theatre after a brilliant run on the West End. And if you miss it in Richmond in March, nab tickets for the show at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 2-6 June.
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 6 Apr – Sat 11 Apr
After a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre in London, Robert Icke’s The Doctor is transferring to the West End – but not before a run at Richmond Theatre. Starring the critically acclaimed Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson, it’s been described as is a ‘provocative, wonderfully upsetting’ whirlwind of gender, race and identity politics.
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Fri 24 Apr – Sat 2 May
Oh my little Gareth Gates, how you’ve grown. The 16-year-old Pop Idol winner has long swapped sickly pop hits for a career in musicals. I’ve seen him in a couple along the way and he’s quite the pro. Go see for yourself when he demonstrates six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon in the musical version of Footloose.
Everybody’s Talking about Jamie
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 6 Jul – Sat 11 Jul
Everybody’s talking about hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and it’s going on tour with Layton Williams and Shane Richie continuing in the roles of Jamie and Hugo/Loco Chanelle. The only Surrey stop is Woking – so be quick if you want to catch this one.
Boyzlife Tour 2020
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thur 13 Feb
Fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two come together for the first time with a full-band production show which features Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. Expect to hear top tunes from both bands. Tickets are selling fast for the Guildford show, but if you miss this one they’ll be at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on 13 March.
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sat 4 April
The rock duo responsible for some of the biggest rock anthems of the 80s and 90s are still going strong – and to celebrate their 35th anniversary they’re going on tour! Their show in Kingston will feature special guests Gary Stevenson and Dave West.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Moseley ■ Fri 5 – Fri 19 June
Revel in the joy of light summer evenings with a fortnight of concerts in the picturesque setting of Hampton Court. Confirmed artists include Rick Astley, Lionel Ritchie and George Benson. Get tickets early as they always sell out.
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sat 27 Jun
Birmingham reggae and pop band UB40 will perform live after racing at Lingfield Park. Expect all the faves including Red Red Wine, I Got You Babe and The Way You Do the Things You Do.
Kew the Music
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Wed 8 – Sun 12 July
With a line up that includes James Blunt, Jack Savoretti, Will Young and James Morrison, Dj Spoony and the Gipsy Kings performing on a different day from Wed to Sun. Get in early as tickets sell fast.
Martin Kemp: The Ultimate 80s DJ Set
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 21 Aug
The actor / musician / director Martin Kemp trades his bass for the decks and spins the biggest and best hits from the glorious Eighties.
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sat 12 Sept
The Eighties and Nineties crooner is never gonna give you up, and he’s bringing his tunes to Surrey – performing after the race meet at Lingfield Park Racecourse.
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 2 Dec
One of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters, Gabrielle returned to the charts with her 2018 album ‘Under My Skin’. In this show she’ll be wheeling our all her biggest songs spanning three decades.
Josie Long: Tender
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Wed 5 Feb
A confident, very likeable comedian, Josie Long has been around a while but this is her first new show in five years. It’s a tale of new motherhood that in the wrong hands could be a self-indulgent yawn-fest, but she does a cracking set. This is as close as she gets to Surrey, so catch her before she heads off to Australia.
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ 23 April
The 2019 Strictly semi-finalist takes hits the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour which includes stops in Dorking in April followed by G Live in Guildford on 20 May. The Guardian says he spins unpretentious banter in to ‘stand-up gold’.
The Guilty Feminist
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs May 7
The Guilty Feminist comedy podcast has clocked up a whopping 60m downloads since launching in 2015 and now its Australian creator, Deborah Frances-White, is taking it on the road, with a range of comedy and musical guests, plus local activists joining her on stage. It rocks up in our ‘hood in May, with shows in Guildford on 7 May, the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on 15 May, Richmond Theatre on 15 May and at The Hawth in Crawley on 19 May.
Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic’s Mixtape
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Wed 29 Apr
Romesh Ranganathan is going back on the road to talk about all the things he has found unacceptable since his last tour, including why why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him. Get in quick, it’s down to the last few tickets already! And if you miss him in Croydon, an extra date to the tour has been added at G Live in Guildford on Tues 5 May. His June gig in Guildford is already sold out.
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 4 – Sat 8 Feb
Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Red Shoes is set to romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. It’s tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. It comes to New Wimbledon Theatre from 10-14 March.
Rambert – Wayne McGregor / Marion Motin / Hofesh Shechter
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 29 Apr – Fri 1 May
World-leading contemporary dance company Rambert presents revivals of two landmark dance works, alongside a new creation by a rising star: PreSentient by Wayne McGregor, In Your Rooms by Hofesh Shechter and Rouge by Marion Motin.
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 15 May
Following their recent, triumphant shows Them/Us, Fourteen Days, Young Men and Life, the multi-award winning BalletBoyz are back and celebrating their 20th anniversary year with a show that fuses the work of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers.
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 16 – Wed 17 Jun
Ballet Black is transforming the dance landscape giving a platform to artists of black and Asian descent as well as to new and established choreographic voices. Expect sensational solos, seductive duos and fiercely dynamic pieces performed seamlessly by the group.
John Lydon: I Could be Wrong, I Could be Right
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tues 22 September
An informal evening of chit chat and entertainment with John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL). Lydon will talk about how he sees life, and chat about his extraordinary career. The shows will coincide with the publication of his new book, I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right. The Rose Theatre KingstonThe tour will arrive at Dorking Halls on 23 Oct, on 25 Oct and The Hawth in Crawley on 15 Nov.
David Hockney – Ways of Working
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 25 Jan – Sun 19 April