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The Muddy Guide: 2-8 Feb

Mary Wondrausch: A Return to Painting – Watts Gallery – ends 19 Feb

Mary Wondrausch, Herring for Supper

Aside from the beautiful paintings and collages on show in this exhibition, by one of Britain’s most respected ceramicists, there’s also a particularly touching story. Mary Wondrausch worked in ceramics for more than 35 years, returning to painting in 2015 when she was 92. Sadly she died on December 26 last year, not long after she had put the finishing touches on her curation of this exhibition. It’s being shown in the Watts Contemporary Gallery, and entry is free. But if you’re hoping to snavel one of these deliciously wonderful pieces, you’re out of luck as all the artwork has sold out.

Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235.


Ruby Wax: Frazzled – Dorking Halls – Sun 5 Feb

Ruby’s frazzled! Well, aren’t we all? But unlike me, when Ruby loses it, she does it with style. The much loved comedian, actor and write – and now also a mental health campaigner – is following up her sell-out show (and book) Sane New World with this event to help us understand why sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. There will be an opportunity to talk with Ruby to explore how the power of mindfulness can be applied in daily life. Apparently, this is you passport to saner living. Sign me up now! Tickets are £21.50.

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


Jamie Raven – Camberley Theatre – Sun 5 Feb

Fancy a bit of magic and grand illusion from a handsome man in blue jeans and a waistcoat? Then Jamie’s your man. With online fans that include Ashton Kutcher and Drake, and more than 15 million hits on YouTube for his opening audition for last year’s Britain’s Got Talent (he came second),  he must pull a pretty good rabbit out of his hat. But aside from the worldwide attention, his humble and charming style is capturing the hearts of the UK public. And frankly, if he can win over Simon Cowell, he must be doing something right. Tickets are £21.

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


NT Live: Amadeus – various venues – Thurs 2 Feb


Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, with a live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. It’s the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, when he arrives in Vienna, determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. For a list of venues in Surrey, click here.


Not Dead Enough – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Mon 6 to Sat 11 Feb


The thrilling work of popular author Peter James returns to the stage with Not Dead Enough, starring Laura Whitmore (you’ll know her from Strictly) and good ole EastEnder Shane Richie. This is third in Jame’s award-winning Roy Grace series, and the third box office hit. Sounds like it’s a goodie. It tells the story of a murdered wife and the mystery surrounding her death. It can’t have been her husband; he was sixty miles away at the time. At least that’s what he claims! Tickets are £16.90 – £40.40.

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


Keith James in concert: The Songs of Leonard Cohen – Farnham Maltings – Thurs 2 Feb

The death of Leonard Cohen marked the end of an era for an entire generation. But the music of this enigmatic songwriter lives on. Keith James presents a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in an intimate and sensitive way. James has been described as ‘the UK’s most evocative interpreter of golden music’, so we’re in good hands. The concert will include songs from Cohen’s album, You Want it Darker, which was produced by his son Adam, and released only 10 days before his death. The concert will be in the Cellar Bar. Tickets are £14.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444.


David Mayne: The Sculptor – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham – ends 25 Feb

David Mayne, Through the Birchwood

David Mayne is a sculptor of national repute who produces work for galleries, public spaces and the private collectors. His artwork has been commissioned throughout the UK. David now lives in Holmfirth, West Yorks, and is inspired by the woodland and the wild hills and moorland in his work. Entry to the gallery is free. It’s closed Mondays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, GU9 7PS. Tel: 01252 713208.


Fifty Shades Darker: Masquerade – Everyman Cinema (Walton & Esher) –Fri 10 Feb

The next instalment of the raunchy Fifty Shades series is out on Friday and the Everyman theatres in Esher and Walton are celebrating with a Masquerade evening. There will be a special menu of food and drink, with music and entertainment included with your ticket. Evening wear is encouraged. Arrive at 8.30pm. Premier tickets are £40.

Everyman Esher, 22 High Street, Esher, KT10 9RT. Everyman Walton, 85-89 High Street, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1DN.


Orchids Festival 2017 – Kew Gardens – 4 Feb until 5 Mar

It’s officially spring, and to help brighten up these dreary Feb days, Kew Gardens is again holding it’s annual Orchids Festival. Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and plant life of India, this year’s festival will feature giant floral displays using exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes and much more. Entry to the festival is included in the usual day admission ticket price. Standard adult £15, child (age 4-16) £3.50, under fours are free.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB.


Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake Live – various cinemas – Sun 5 Feb 

See the Bolshoi performing live from Moscow without having to brave sub zero temperatures in one of those hats with earflaps. The company’s staging of Swan Lake and is being broadcast to various Surrey cinemas on Sun 5 Feb. Richmond, Redhill, Esher, Dorking, Croydon and Crawley, if you’re near to there will each have screenings. Find the nearest place to catch the performance here.


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