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The Muddy Guide: 19-25 Jan

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – G Live, Guildford – Tues 24 to Sat 28 Jan


I used to know all the words to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat but don’t worry, I won’t be singing – though your kids will be if you take them along to the show. This production stars X-factor winner Joe McElderry who, I have to say, is looking mighty fine in his loincloth!

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


Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night – Dorking Halls – Fri 20 Jan


Another week, another comedian. This time it’s award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili, who’s known for his intelligent and provocative shows. His stand-up is energetic and captivating, and always entertaining – and his shows frequently sell out so grab tickets if you can. Show starts at 8pm, tickets cost £25.50.

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717.


Henry Moore: Sculpting from Nature – The Lightbox, Woking – 21 Jan to 7 May

W19-Henry Moore (1898-1986) Reclining Figure Holes, 1976-78 The W19-Henry Moore Foundation Gift of the artist 1977 © Reproduced by permission of The W19-Henry Moore Foundation

Reclining Figure Holes, 1976-78. Gift of the artist 1977 © Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

This new exhibition features more than 50 artworks by Henry Moore, who was thought by many to be the greatest British sculptor of the 20th century. The show will include drawings, maquettes, working models and monumental sculptures, plus prints and studio materials, lent by the Henry Moore Foundation. Moore was inspired by the natural world around him. From a young age, Moore collected natural or ‘found’ objects including bones, skulls, flint stones, driftwood and shells which he kept in an orderly ‘library of natural forms’. The exhibition will showcase how these organic shapes were repeatedly used by Moore.

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


Henceforward – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Thurs 19 to Sat 28 Jan

© Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media 07802 400651 / PICTURE SUPPLIED TO THE STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE FOR USE IN PRESS,PUBLICITY AND MARKETING. PLEASE CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH TO TONY BARTHOLOMEW/TURNSTONE MEDIA 8th September 2016 Henceforward... written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, in rep at the Stephen Joseph Theatre between 8th September - 8th October

Photograph by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media

Alan Ayckbourn returns to Guildford with a new revival of his classic dark comedy Henceforward, directed by the author himself.  It was first produced in Scarborough in 1987 and then in 1988 came to London’s West End, starring Ian McKellen and Jane Asher, winning that year’s Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. If that’s anything to go by, this promises to be good. Show times vary. Tickets cost £21-£32.50.

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


Gaslight – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Mon 23 to Sat 28 Jan


A couple of star turns in the thriller Gaslight, rocking up in Woking this week, with Kara Tointon, Keith Allen and Rupert Young headlining. While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening, his wife Bella (Kara Tointon) is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight, and the surprise arrival of a retired detective (Keith Allen) leads to a shocking discovery. Der, der, derrrrrrr!

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


The London Art Fair – Islington, N1 0QH – until 22 Jan


The London Art Fair is the UK’s premier fair for Modern British and contemporary art, and it returns to the Business Design Centre in Islington. It’s known for its welcoming and supportive environment for collectors of all levels, and this year will see over 125 galleries showcase the best contemporary and modern art from the UK and around the world. And this year The Lightbox in Woking is a partner, bringing an exhibition of Modern British art from The Ingram Collection titled Ten Years: A Century of Art. Ticket prices vary, but a day ticket on the door is £22, or £15 if you book in advance.

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH.


Magical Lantern Festival – Chiswick House and Gardens – 19 Jan to 26 Feb


The Magic Lantern Festival returns to Chiswick for a second year with a Silk Road festival. More than 50 giant lanterns will be on display celebrating this route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. Look out for the giant fire rooster to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. The festival is an outdoor event (so get you winter woollies on), and there are children’s activities, including a synthetic ice rink and a funfair. This promises to be a unique and cultural event, with a buzzing carnival atmosphere. Tickets are £5.90-£19.70.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick, London W4 2QN,


The Bear, The Hawth, Crawley, Thurs 19 Jan


Have you ever tried to give a polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo? Tilly has – she’s a little girl who befriends a mischievous bear who appears in her bedroom in this funny and heart-warming tale from the lovely Raymond Briggs. It’s a Pins and Needles’ adaptation with inventive design, original music and puppetry. Tickets are £7.50 (family of four £26). It’s on at a child-friendy 4.30pm.

The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ. Tel: 01293 553636.


International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition – Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent – to Sat 4 Feb


If you have an eye for photography and a love of nature – and fancy a day trip – then head to Sissinghurst Castle, in Kent, for a beautiful showcase of the best landscape and garden photography from across the world. Images captured by professional and amateur photographers will be displayed with fresh plants and flowers from the castle grounds to really bring the exhibition to life. It’s on from 11am-4pm, free entry after admission (Adult £6.05, Child £2.95, Family £15).

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Biddinden Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB,


The new Design Museum, Kensington – now open

design museum

The Design Museum has finally moved from Shad Thames to a spectacular 1960s Grade II listed building on Kensington High Street. Opened for just a few weeks, it’s showing New Old, the first in series of pop up exhibitions that explores how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, from robotic clothing to driverless cars.

Design Museum, High Street Kensington, London,


Picasso Portraits – National Portrait Gallery, London – ends 5 Feb



This major exhibition of more than 80 works focuses on Picasso’s portraits of family, friends and lovers; covering both his familiar impressionist works and his lesser known more realist paintings from his youth. Organised with the help of Barcelona’s Museu Picasso, works on show will range from celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to those in private collections being shown in the UK for the first time. Regular adult tickets are £17 but the first 100 tickets for every Friday during the exhibition are £5, available for entry at 10am and 10.15.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE. Tel. 020 7306 0055



Shirley Valentine – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – March 13-18


We all know the story. Shirley is a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Until one day her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks. She packs her bags and heads for the sun. Ticket for this are already selling quickly, so if you want to catch it while it’s in Woking, you’d better book now. If you miss it in Woking, it comes to Richmond Theatre from March 20-25. Tickets are £15-£39.50.

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


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