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Scattered – G Live, Guildford – Tues 4 Apr

Motionhouse bring their trademark highly-physical style of dance and acrobatics to Guildford. Using ingenious choreography to interact with their digital environment, seven performers tumble down waterfalls, dive through waves and freeze on glaciers in a thrilling blend of film and live performance which explores our relationship with water. Sounds amazing. Tickets from £12.50-£21.

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


Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus – Epsom Playhouse – Thurs 30 Mar

Count Arthur Strong is a Steve Delaney creation, a reboot of a character he developed onstage and then for a radio programme. He’s a pompous, unemployed actor with delusions that he’s a showbiz legend, and here he presents The Sound of Mucus, a tribute to the greatest musicals Strong can remember. Tickets from £22.50.

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555.



Royal Opera House Live: Madame Butterfly – various cinemas – Thurs 30 Mar

Polish your tiara and call Richard Gere, you’re  being whisked off for a night at the opera… at a cinema near you. Thanks to the popular ROH Live series, enjoy world class singing and staging via the big screen. It’s not going to quite the same having your bum parked on the plush red velvet seat at the ornate London opera house, but it also doesn’t come with the £190 price tag. Madame Butterfly is the classic East meets West story, with devastating consequences in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s deeply poignant opera. Click here to find your nearest venue.


Joke in the Box – The Lightbox, Woking – Thurs 30 Mar

The Lightbox has introduced a new series of stand-up comedy nights, on the last Thursday of each month. It started in Feb and will be on until September. This month’s acts are Jonny Pelham presenting Fool’s Paradise: Work in Progress, as well as Richard Wright and Stuart Laws. Tickets are limited, so you’ll need to book in advance. It’s from 8-10pm, and tickets are £6. Oh and leave the kids at home, it’s not appropriate for under 17s.

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800.


YAT Film Season – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Mon 3  to Fri 7 Apr

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents its 2017 film season, and there’s a fab line up including La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Jackie, Fences, Moonlight (pictured), Hidden Figures, The Eagle Huntress, Loving and I, Daniel Blake.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00.


Nell Gwynn – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – until Sat 1 Apr

Photograph by Tristram Kenton

The ever-reliable English Touring Theatre is the company behind the production, which has already won an Olivier Award for best new comedy and will be having a run at the Globe later in the year. It’s a bawdy romp full of cheek – much like Nell herself. Hers was a kind of sexy Cinderella story, an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King. Muddy Sussex editor Debbie caught the show when it stopped off at Brighton’s Theatre Royal, and here’s what she made of it. Worth a peep, I’d say! Tickets are £23.00 – £34.50.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00.


Delectably Dead Dining Experience – G Live, Guildford – Thurs 30 Mar

Delectably Dead is the next generation of dinner show, blending live actors and effects to create an experience that will have you screaming with laughter and fear! If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead or the Zombie Genre, then this is your opportunity to not just watch the drama unfold but to be at the very heart of the horror. The menu includes a pre-dinner Bloody Mary (natch!) and a three course dinner with a vegie option if you’re not up to Wasteland Scraps (char siu sticky ribs, 5-spice chicken wings, coriander rice, pak choi, carrot and sesame pickle). Cost is £45.

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


The Twits – Rose Theatre, Kingston – Wed 5 April to Sun 16 April

The Rose is known for it’s top-notch productions, and the mini mudlet and I are particularly excited about this one. The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. They also have a particularly sticky trick to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. This version at the Rose Theatre is directed by Max Webster (The Lorax at The Old Vic), promises to be just as disgusting and repulsive as earth worms disguised as spaghetti. Sound like a great Easter treat.

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


Wonderland – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Mon 3 to Sat 8 April

Love your musicals? Keen on bunnies? Well, hello Wonderland! Wendi Peters (Cilla in Corrie) is in this UK tour of the multi-Grammy award-winning Wonderland at New Theatre. She plays Queen of Hearts alongside West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis. Hailed as ‘inspirational’ by the New York Times, the musical is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Go with your girlfriends or take your kids.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645.


Stephen Bailey: Nation’s Sweetheart – G Live, Guildford – Sat 1 Apr

Stephen Bailey wants to talk! In this debut tour he is tackling the art of conversation. Expect stories of dating disasters, family lunacy and celebrity put-downs, which we can all relate to, as he explores all the tales that we are not posting on Facebook.

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


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