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Things to do: October


COMEDY: Sara Pascoe – LadsLadsLads
Richmond Theatre Mon 1 Oct

Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, Sara Pascoe is coming to Richmond theatre to share her adventures of the last year. She’s always honest, over thinks everything and regrets it later. Her witty, candid reflections on the emotional complications, sex life and subsequent break-up of her relationship with another well-known comic adds a hilariously edgy element to this wonderful show.

THEATRE: Fame the Musical
New Victoria Theatre Mon 1 Oct- Sat 6 Oct

 Fame the Musical takes to the stage starring Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter.  It follows the life of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts. Bittersweet but uplifting, this show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and the power of perseverance.

THEATRE: The Habit of Art
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Mon 1 Oct- Sat 6 Oct 

This Alan Bennett play is about an imagined meeting between poet, W.H Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland, it’s an exploration of the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

MARKET: Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 2 Sept

The very fabulous Sunbury Antiques Fair is now hosting markets at Sandown Park on the first Tuesday of every month (although they’re taking November off!). There are a vast array of stalls – both inside and outside – selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to jewellery. It opens at 7am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

KIDS THEATRE: Horrible Histories
Richmond theatre Thurs 4 Oct – Sun 7 Oct

Not your average history lesson. Bringing the past historical figures and events to life, Horrible Histories will be presenting two shows Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!

KID’S THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live
New Victoria Theatre, Woking Thurs 4 Oct- Sat 6 Oct

Before tickets become as extinct as the proverbial dinosaur, book your kids a ticket to experience the world of the pre-historic. Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer to meet astonishing (and lifelike) puppet dinosaurs. Feeling brave enough? There’s a meet and greet with these impressive creatures at the end of the show.

HALLOWEEN: Fright Nights
■ Thorpe Park, Thorpe ■ Fri 5 – Wed 31 Oct

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

The 17th annual Fright Nights season returns to Thorpe Park with seven new intense live-action scare mazes and horror zones, including The Walking Dead: Do or Die and Vulcan Peak. Also new this year is the Screamplexx 4D, showing short indie horror films. Advance booking is recommended.

THEATRE: Perfectly Imperfect Woman
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 5 Oct

 The award- winning storyteller Danyah Miller explores what drives us to want to live perfect lives as mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, bread-winners. This theatrical storytelling with a dash of ‘stand- up’ thrown in, examines the often-complex relationship between mothers and daughters.

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts.

THEATRE: Jamie Raven: Making Magic
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 7 Oct

Jamie Raven is the man who made Simon Cowell say, ‘I now believe in magic’, and If he can convince the sceptical Simon Cowell, there’s certainly hope for the rest of us to be wowed and amazed!  In his brand-new show ‘Making Magic’ you can expect the very unexpected, and to laugh as much as you are mystified.

FESTIVAL: Windsor Fringe Festival
■ various Windsor locations ■ until Sat 6 Oct 

If you like your arts fresh out of the box, head to Windsor Fringe Festival – the second oldest fringe in the UK after Edinburgh. Expect an eclectic programme of comedy, music, drama, DJs, arts, gin tasting and more, plus the world reknowned International Windsor Fringe Award for New Drama Writing, sponsored by the legendary Kenneth Branagh.

EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection.

FESTIVAL: Guildford’s Book Festival
■ Guildford High Street ■ Sat 6 Oct – Sun 14 Oct

There’s tons going on at Guildford’s Book Festival. Amongst many others, Jo Brand will be sharing her hilarious and useful guide to life as a woman ahead of the publication of her book Born Lippy. Bestselling author Emma Burstall will talk about the latest novel in her Tremarnock series, set in a Cornish village. Historian Nadine Akkerman will consider the role of women spies in 17th century Britain, showing the key role they played in gathering intelligence crucial to domestic and national security.

THEATRE: Private Peaceful
New Victoria Theatre, Woking Mon 8 Oct- Tue 9 Oct

 To commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of WW1, Simon Reade has adapted and directed Michael Morpurgo’s, Private Peaceful.  Direct from London’s West End, the play explores a war love story and the moving account of a soldier’s life in WW1.

TALK: An evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 8 Oct

Said to be the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Here he offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 9 Oct

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, you’re going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia, jewellery and this brilliant pop art. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, get there early. Admission and parking are free.

OPERA: Tenors Unlimited
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Tues 9 Oct

The operatic trio Tenors Unlimited – the Ratpack of Opera – bring their new show to Epsom, as part of their 15th anniversary tour. Tenors Unlimited have sung alongside Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

VARIETY SHOW: Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis
■ Dorking Halls ■ Tues 9 Oct

Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through Jason Donovan’s life, with stories about NeighboursTen Good Reasons, Kylie, JosephI’m A CelebrityStrictly and much more.

KIDS THEATRE: Guess How Much I Love You
■ Richmond theatre ■ Tue 9 Oct – Wed 10 Oct

‘I love you right up to the moon – and back.’ Join Little & Big Nutbrown Hare, from the childhood classic and bestselling book Guess How Much I Love You, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. Suitable for ages 3+.

THEATRE: Still Alice
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 9 – Sat 13 Oct

Photo credit: Geraint Lewis

Remember Still Alice, the film starring Julianne Moore based on the best-selling book by Lisa Genova. It was about a bright an intelligent woman called Alice who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. Well it’s now been adapted for the stage – and unsurprisingly it’s getting brilliant reviews particularly for Sharon Small who plays the title role.

FILM: Ocean Film Festival
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 10 Oct

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival, by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. You’ll be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean. Tickets are £17.

LIVE MUSIC: Kelly Oliver
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 12 Oct

Described as ‘blending traditional with bold, indie-pop,’ Kelly Oliver is coming to Cranleigh Art Centre to promote her third album. After numerous BBC Radio 2 plays and a performance on Sunday Morning Live TV she’s becoming known as a ‘vital voice in British folk’.

EVENT: British Beer Run
■ Alexandra Park, Windsor ■ Sat 13 Oct

Starting and finishing next door to the Windsor & Eton Brewery this scenic run covers fantastic views of the River Thames, and Windsor Castle. A medal is great, but let’s be honest, beer is better…At the end of this run you can enjoy a free pint post-race straight from the brewery. I hate to break it to you but there’s no excuses for not joining in, as there’s a race for all abilities. Pick from a chip-timed Half Marathon, 10km, 5km or 1km event. There’s even a family run and the good news is, unlike the beer, the race is flat.

EVENT: Tadworth Craft Fair
■ Church Hall of The Good Sheperd ■ Sat 13 Oct

The Church Hall will become home to stalls of handmade goods, gifts and crafts creating a perfect excuse (dare I say it) to start on the Christmas shopping, or not. Fuel up on a Ploughman’s lunch and shop till you drop.

EVENT: Autumn Motorsport Day
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sun 14 Oct

Get a double helping of the action at the Autumn Motorsport Day at Brooklands Museum this year. Competition cars from all eras will be put through their paces on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World circuit, and Test Hill will also see some motorsport action. If you’re a racing car nut, this is day out is a no brainer.

THEATRE: They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 16 Oct- Sat 20 Oct

The political satire They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay addresses injustice, hypocrisy and the plight of the working poor transposed to Brexit Britain. Anthea and Maggie are living in the same run-down apartment block. Neither have paid their rent or utility bills for months so they resort to stealing from the local supermarket. Worried their husbands will discover their crime, the women concoct ridiculous strategies to avoid them finding out.


THEATRE: The Jersey Boys
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 16 Oct – Sat 27 October

The Jersey boys is working its way back round the UK and is bringing back its legendry playlist with hits like ‘Beggin’ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off you’ to Woking.

FESTIVAL: Taste of Autumn
■ RHS Wisley Gardens, Woking ■ Wed 17 to Sun 21 Oct

Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season with more than 30 exhibitors and specialists at RHS Wisley Gardens. With pumpkins and apples a their peak, these will be the undoubted starts of the show, so expect gorgeous displays and delicious tastings.

EVENT: Artisan Cheese and Wine Evening
■ St Andrew’s Churchgate, Cobham ■ Thurs 18 Oct

Who doesn’t like cheese and wine? It really is the perfect combo and Heather Dougherty prove this point with beautiful combinations for your delight. She will guide you through 6 wines- red, white and rosé perfectly paired with an artisan cheese.

EXHIBITION: Contemporary Classics at Marylands
■ Belgravia Gallery, Ewhurst ■ Until Fri 19 Oct

Marylands is set high in the Surrey Hills and has been described as a 1930’s Art Deco masterpiece. Marylands is a fusion of Scottish modernism with Mediterranean, Moorish and arts & craft influences. Their Contemporary Classics exhibition includes a range of artists to suit every taste, interior and budget, with works from artists including: David Hockney, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Roy Lichtenstein, Monroe Hodder, Jacob Sutton and others.

Spooky Halloween Half Term Trail
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 20 – Wed 31 Oct

Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Explore the woods and countryside at Polesden Lacey on the Spooky Halloween Trail. Mrs Greville, owner of Polesden Lacey, buried all her beloved dogs in a pet cemetery here many years ago, each with their favourite toy – and the aim of this trail is to reunite the ghosts of long-gone pets with their toy. It might get muddy so welly boots would be a good idea. It’s suitable for children age 4-11 yrs. The cost is £3 a child.

COMEDY: Guildford GAG House Comedy Club
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 20 Oct

Treating you with a cracking line- up, the Guildford GAG House Comedy Club has all the promise of a hilarious evening at the Star Inn. The comical geniuses for the night ready to make you roar with laughter include Craig Murray, Chris Betts, Eleanor Tiernan and Phil Chapman.

EVENT: Guildford’s Big Draw
The Boileroom, Guildford Sun 21 Oct

 For new creatives and pros alike, grab your sketchbook, a drink, and be taken on a guided walk of Guildford. The walk ends back at the Boileroom where everyone’s work will be built into a collaborative exploration of Guildford town.

THEATRE: Hogarth’s Progress
 Rose Theatre, Kingston  until Sun 21 Oct

Following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls, this double bill – The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town – explores the extraordinary lives of William Hogarth and his wife Jane at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many. Watch each play as a single performance or see both.

DVD RELEASE: The Bromley Boys
■ Mon 22 Oct

Rated five stars by The Times and voted the second best football film of all time by Movie Corner, this film starring Martine McCutcheon, Alan Davies, Jamie Foreman and rising star Brenock O’Connor, is now available on DVD. Inspired by the book The Bromley Boys by Dave Roberts, the film tells the story of the author as a 15-year-old and his passion for the worst football team in Britain: Bromley FC. It’s a story of the underdog coming good, of first love and the beautiful awkwardness that goes with it.

THEATRE: Vulcan 7
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Mon 22 – Sat 27 Oct

Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer reunite for a hilarious new comedy – which they have also written – about a two former drama students who meet again aged in their 60s on the set of a fantasy movie.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 22 Oct- Sat 27 Oct

Mathew Horne and Ed Speelers star in the comedy drama Rain Man. It’s about a self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt who discovers that his long-lost brother an autistic savant with a genius for numbers – inherited the family fortune. Charlie sets out to get his half.

THEATRE: National Theatre Live: King Lear
■ Farnham Maltings, Great Hall ■ Tues 23 Oct

Photography by Andy Gotts

These National Theatre live screenings are fab. No need to schlep into London and pay through the nose, you can immerse yourself in Ian McKellan’s critically acclaimed performance at Farnham Maltings and then be home in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

KIDS EVENT: Mini Cyborgs
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ Tue 23 Oct – Sun 28 Oct

Get the kids inspired by Pullen’s giant animatronic puppet and let them become their own artist by constructing a mini mechanical cyborg that both moves and lights up. £9.50 per child.

HALLOWEEN: Haunted House
■ The Ivy, Cobham ■ Wed 24 Oct – Thurs 1 Nov

This is my idea of celebrating Halloween. The Ivy in Cobham has been transformed into a Haunted House for both grownups and kids this Halloween, complete with a big black cauldron, cobwebs, skulls and spiders. And in line with the theme, there’s a Halloweek menu priced at £40 per person for three courses and a Halloween cocktail.

Hallowe’en Scream Train 
■ Bluebell Railway ■ Wed 24 – Sun 28 Oct

Meet Brigid the witch and her hapless sidekick Brian the wizard for fiendish fun and games at Horsted Keynes station when you journey on the Scream Train from Sheffield Park and back. Tickets are £16 but you can use the code MSH18 for a 50% Muddy discount on child fares! Check out too the new SteamWorks interactive area at Sheffield Park station, plus kids go for just a quid on regular ‘third class’ services over the break.

COMEDY: Joke in the Box
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Thurs 25 Oct

The popular series of stand-up comedy nights at The Lightbox, featuring the best up-and-coming and established acts on the stand-up circuit. There are limited tickets available, so you’ll have to book in advance. Suitable for age 16+. Tickets £8.

COMEDY: Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynics Mixtape
 New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 25 Oct

Said to be his most brutally honest show yet, Romesh talks about all the things he has found unacceptable since the last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him. Laughs are guaranteed, I’d say.

EVENT: Throwback Thursday
Humming’s Lounge Bar, Esher Thurs 25 Oct

Halloween isn’t just for kids, especially when the night consists of sophisticated cocktails and dancing to those legendry classics from back in the day. It’s time to get the fancy dress box open, you’re off on a night out.

THEATRE: The High-Octane Club Burlesque & Cabaret Halloween Special
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 26 Oct

The High-Octane club will be dusting off their cobwebs and back in action for a sultry Halloween special. There is even promise of roller-skating and hula hooping. These talented burlesque artists will mesmerise you with their sexy, sassy and provocative acts. Ooh La La!

Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 27 Oct

Percy and April will have their youthful audience settled onto their comfortable cushions and then introduce them to Birdy, who is still hiding in his glowing egg and won’t be visible until spring. They’ll take you through the rain and falling leaves and sleep under the snow, till the sun wakes up for the butterfly party. Suitable for under 5s.

FILM: Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
■ various venues in Epsom ■ Fri 26 – Sun 28 Oct

Epsom and Ewell’s first ever international film festival launches this week with a programme of screenings and events at venues in Epsom. There will be 35 new films including UK and European premieres, workshops, an international street food market and Q&A sessions. The festival closes with an awards ceremony at the Queen’s Stand at the Epsom Racecourse. Screenings include feature length and short films and documentaries. Get tickets here

EVENT: All Hallows Eve
■ Rural Life Centre, Tilford ■ Sat 27 Oct

Come in your best costume on for this Halloween event at the Rural Life Centre. It’s on from 3-6.30pm and there’s plenty to to keep the family entertained including storytelling, craft activities and Halloween games.

FESTIVAL: Festival of Craft
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 27 and Sun 28 Oct

This annual craft festival returns to the Maltings for the 22nd year bringing with it a curated selection of makers from across the UK. The festival champions great design and the process of making, both traditional and modern techniques and skills. It’s open from 10am-5pm both days. Entry is £3.

THEATRE: Trial by Laughter
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 29 – Sat 3 Nov

Following on from the record-breaking play The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman are back at the Watermill Theatre to premiere a new play. This true and extraordinary story is about the trial of William Hone – a forgotten hero of free speech, he was charged with ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the debauched monarchy. I enjoy Ian Hislop’s razor-sharp wit so it’s bound to be a fun evening an it’s got a whiff of Private Eye.

DANCE: Richard Alston Dance Company
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 30 Oct

Richard Alston Dance Company return to Woking with a collection of works including ‘Mid Century Modern’ which brings together elements of Alston’s most popular works from his incredible 50 year career in one performance.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 30 Oct

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, you’re going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

COMEDY: Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 2 Nov

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live At The Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she’s doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human? Decide for yourself when she comes to Farnham. 

EXHIBITION: Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 13 Jan

Works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. It showcases a rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture, spanning from the early 1860s to the beginning of the First World War.

FILM: October’s best new releases

A Star is Born
■ nationwide ■ from Wed 3 Oct

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring himself and Lady Gaga is highly anticipated and the Muddy office can’t wait to see it. The remake tells the story of hard drinking musician (Cooper, orginally played by Kris Kristofferson) who falls in love with a young hopeful singer-songwriter (Gaga, originally Barbra Streisand). The movie has been very well recieved and it sounds like a fabulous musical romantic indulgent treat.

Jonny English Strikes Again
■ nationwide ■ from Fri 5 Oct

Rowan Atkinson’s spoof James Bond returns for a third time. Lots of slapstick and silliness that has made audiences laugh despite the critics not being so convinced. Kids seem to love it so if an animated yeti in the movie Small Foot doesn’t appeal for a half term trip to the flicks, perhaps this will?

■ nationwide ■ from Fri 19 Oct

Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.


THEATRE: The Wider Earth
■ The Natural History Museum, London ■ Tues Oct 2 – Sun 30 Dec

Exciting news – there’s a theatre being opened in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth, a play about the young Charles Darwin. Puppets, an original score and cinematic animations make this theatrical event a great draw for kids plus they’ll learn a helluva lot in the process.

FOOD: London Restaurant Festival
■ various London locations ■ throughout October 

London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode this month, with great value festival menus at loads of great restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art.

EXHIBITION: The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock.

ART: Frieze Art Fair
■ Regents Park, London■ Fri 5 to Sun 7 Oct

Considered the world leading platform for contemporary and modern art, the Frieze Art Fair unites 160 of the world’s leading galleries. You can view and / or buy art from over 1000 contemporary artists, some emerging talent, others more established. Daily events include talks and performances plus there’s Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters (showcasing work from the ancient era and Old Masters) in Regent’s Park. If all this culture makes you hungry, there are loads of delish food pop-ups whilst you contemplate the art and what it’s all trying to say.

EXHIBITION: Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sun 4 Nov

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum


THEATRE: Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
■ The Royal Albert Hall ■ Sat Dec 1

Tickets for Rob Lowe’s live show are bound to sell out fast (as they have in the States). Inspired by his memoirs of the same name and his previous book Love Life, Mr Lowe will spill the beans on a career from the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond. Apparently, he’s quite the raconteur with loads of witty anecdotes that touch on his career, fame, Hollywood, fatherhood and marriage.




Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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