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The Muddy Guide: 16-22 Feb

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans – G Live, Guildford – Sat Feb 18

Star of Austentatious and The IT Crowd, comedian Rachel Parris brings her frank and funny show to Guildford. It’s about break-up, children, weddings, sed and the Samaritans (though probably not in that order!). She’ll also give her honest and hilarious take on what happens when you make plans and they go down the drain suddenly. Tickets are £14.50. Show starts at 8pm.

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


Unravel: Festival of Knitting – Farnham Maltings – Fri Feb 17 to Sun Feb 19

Get your sticks out girls, cos we’re going to get knitting. Unravel returns to Farnham Maltings for its nineth year, bringing with it knitting and crochet experts from the UK and around the world. There will be talks, workshops and masterclasses with experts who will let you in on their secrets to help hone your own knitting skills. Day tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the door. Advance bookings can be made here for Fri, here for Sat and here for Sun.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745.


Lee Hurst, Comedy Show No. 9 – Camberley Theatre – Fri Feb 17



TV panel show regular Lee Hurst is bringing his new stand-up show to Camberley. It’s called  Comedy Show No. 9 because it’s comedy and it’s his ninth show – can’t say fairer than that. It’s suitable for ages 16+ and tickets cost £17.50. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.


NT Live: Saint Joan – various venues – Thur 16 Feb

This NT Live show is not to be missed. Hollywood actress Gemma Arterton takes on the role of Joan of Arc in the intimate space of the Donmar Warehouse. What can you expect? Well, this is a modern interpretation of Bernard Shaw’s classic play, following Joan’s mission to drive the English from France. As a protestant and nationalist she threatens the fabric of feudal society. Her isolation laid bare by staging the Gemma’s medievally-dressed Joan in a rotating glass boardroom surrounded by men in grey suits. Cool staging, quality acting. Who could ask for more?


Room On The Broom – Rose Theatre, Kingston – until Sat 18 Feb

This was my mini mudlet’s favourite book when she was a toddler, I must have read it to her every night for a year. I’m sure I’m not alone though. The classic combination of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is wonderful. So it’s no great surprise that on stage, the show has been getting top reviews. The show runs for 55 minutes, without an interval. Tickets are £13.50, but the Rose Theatre has an offer on their children’s shows. Get tickets for £10 when you book at least three of the following shows: Room on the Broom, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and The Scarecrows’ Wedding.

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


Jimeoin: Renonsense Man – Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking – Tues 21 Feb


It’s looking like a good week for comedy. This time it’s Jimeoin, loved for his funny wit and charming observations on the absurdities of everyday life. He’s a regular at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and he’s performed from New York to New Zealand, Aspen to Amsterdam and is an alumni at the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. There’s an age restriction of 14+, tickets are £18.50, and the show starts at 8pm.

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


Ascot Chase Raceday – Ascot – Sat 18 Feb

You don’t have to wear head-to-toe tweed or wear an enormous hat to enjoy a day out at Ascot. It’s all a bit more relaxed for the Ascot Chase Raceday, one the most popular jump meetings in the racing calendar. Kids go free and there’s plenty activities and on-the-go food options to keep them busy when the novelty of horses galloping past wears off. Worth a visit. Tickets from £28.

Ascot Chase Raceday, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX.


Lord of the Dance – G Live, Guildford – Mon 20 to Wed 22 Feb

It’s been 20 year’s since Michael Flatley brought his original Lord of the Dance to stages around the world, but here he is back with this version Dangerous Games, and he’s doing the rounds. The show, which features new staging, cutting edge technology, new costumes and choreography, world champion acrobats and 40 young performers was in Woking last week, but moved on down the road to Guilford.  Tickets are £39. And if you miss this one, the tour moves to New Wimbledon Theatre, from 28 Feb to 5 Mar.

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


Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet, 21 Feb 

This fresh new look at one of the world’s most popular artists uses his own words from over 2,500 letters. Narrated by Henry Goodman and directed by award-winning Phil Grabsky, I, Claude Monet reveals more about the man who gave birth to Impressionism and became perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. His humour, depression, loneliness, love of gardening and of life are revealed from the exact European locations where he painted. The screening is at several cinemas in and near Surrey including the Everyman cinemas in Reigate, Esher and Walton-on-Thames, the Odeon in Guildford and Kingston, the Hawth in Crawley and Farnham Maltings in Farnham.


Bilal Zafar: Cakes – Camberley Theatre – Sat 18 Feb

Social media invades our lives 24/7, pinging for each new image, observation, comment, cute cat video, or the latest  jaw-dropping tweet from Donald Trump. But comedian Bilal Zafar’s experience was so extreme it gave him enough material to create his debut show, Cakes. Bilal takes you on the fascinating journey of how his twitter handle, @zafarcakes, caused a social media stir when a joke with his brother became the focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a Muslim-only bakery.  Tickets are £12, show starts at 8pm.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.


Ellen Kent: Aida – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Wed 22 Feb

In Aida, the splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum of Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt. This is a tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge. The French soprano Olga Perrier and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova share the role of Aida. Tickets are £23.90 to £44.40.

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



Kaiser Chiefs – Brighton Centre –  Tues 28 Feb 

Indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs will be headlining V Festival but you can catch them first in Brighton on a tour to support their new album Stay Together which includes Parachute and Hole in my Soul …but surely with old faves like Ruby and I Predict a Riot thrown in. Tickets are from £21.75.

Brighton Centre, King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 2GR.

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