The Muddy Guide
After Miss Julie, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 30 May-4 June
I’m a tad excited about this one, and I have got my tickets a while ago. It’s come straight from the West End where it got rave reviews from all the major newspapers (‘wonderfully hypnotic’), and I reckon this erotic psychological thriller is going to be great. The pixie-like Helen George (the one from Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing) plays Miss Julie.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. Tickets: £23-£34.50. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Liz Cole Jazz, at Leatherhead Theatre, Fri 27 May
Grab yourself a beer and settle in for a night of jazz with local jazz artist Liz Cole, and jazz quartet Mood Swing. They’ll be playing an eclectic set of songs from the Twentieth Century American Song Book with numbers from the Swing, Latin and Parisienne style Hot Club repertoire.
The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Tel: 01372 365141. Tickets: £8. theleatherheadtheatre.org
Alice Through the Looking Glass, Everyman Cinemas in Oxted, Reigate, Walton & Esher, selected times from 27 May
Alice slips through the mirror and returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. The fabulous Jonny Depp stars, alongside Anne Hathaway as The White Queen and the delightful Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
Hay Fever, at Epsom Playhouse, Thur 26 May
This comedy written by the fabulous Noel Coward, in 1924, is best described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners! It’s set in an English country house in the 1920s and deals with four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behaviour when they invite a guest to spend the weekend.
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555. Tickets: £15 epsomplayhouse.co.uk
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, May 28-29
This is a great introduction to the ballet for little ones, aged three and up. There is a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music. It’s performed by second year students from English National Ballet School. On the Sunday there’s a workshop where the little ones can learn extracts from the production with the ENO dance artists, get up-close to the dazzling tutus and stunning scenery, and experience the thrill of dancing on stage.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £11-£26. atgtickets.com
Croft and Pearce, at Epsom Playhouse, Thur 26 May
Comedy sketches from these rising stars of the UK comedy scene and stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce. The pair, who met at school then went on to study together at Oxford, are promising a night of fun fun fun. You heard it hear first!
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555. Tickets : £12. epsomplayhouse.co.uk
The Proclaimers, at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Thur 26 June
If they’re good enough for David Tennant, they’re good enough for me. The hunky Mr Tennant says they’re his favourite band of all time. Scottish twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid walk 500 miles… or perhaps not. That might be a bit much. But you’ll hear this song and other classics, such as ‘I’m Gonna Be’, ‘Sunshine on Leith’, ‘I’m On My Way’ and ‘Letter from America’. And if you can’t make it to this week’s show, the boys will be at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on Sun 19 June.
Fairfield Halls, Concert Hall, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Tel: 020 8688 9291. Tickets: £32.50. fairfield.co.uk
The Road to Abstraction: The Ingram Collection, at The Lightbox, Woking, until 24 July
This latest showing from the Ingram Collection opened at The Lightbox last week, and explores how key 20th century artists developed a ‘language of abstraction’. The exhibition will chart how a group of Modern artists gradually shifted away from traditional figurative forms of representation towards interpreting the world through a series of shapes, lines and colours. It will also track the progression of individual artists such as Henry Moore, Edward Burra, Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, William Gear, Ben Nicholson, Allen Jones, John Tunnard, and William Turnball.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
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Stig of the Dump, at Farnham Maltings, Fri 3 June
This children’s classic might be touching 50 years old, but it’s still as popular and charming as ever. Stig and his friend Barney’s adventures take place on chalk downs, so there’s even a local reference. Suitable for six-year-olds and over.
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. Tickets: £10 each, £32 family. farnhammaltings.com
Always the Sun Festival, at Stoke Park, Guildford, 10-11 Sept
Tickets have just gone on sale for this new music and arts festival, organised by the Boileroom to celebrate its 10th birthday. The lineup is yet to be announced but expect live music, interactive creative workshops, and food and drink from local producers.
Always the Sun Festival, Stoke Park, Nightingale Road, Guildford, GU1 1ER. Tickets: £20 adult per day. alwaysthesunfestival.co.uk