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The Muddy Guide: 9-15 Feb

Murder: Just What the Doctor Ordered – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb

This has got me intrigued. Here’s the storyline: in Edinburgh between 1827 and 1828 science and murder cling together in a dance of death. And when 16 people are slaughtered, Dr Robert Knox, scientist, doctor and anatomist supreme, waits in Surgeons Square to buy the bodies for the sake of advancing medical knowledge. His door is chapped, a body is delivered, money is paid and no questions are asked. But murder is murder… and Dr Knox may have to pay a bigger price. Tickets are £15.

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


Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South – G Live, Guildford – Wed 15 Feb


London Lad, Rob Beckett, is back with his comedy show taking on big issues such as Kit Kats and flatbread! He’s all over the TV, you can’t miss his ginormous smile and likeable personality, which totally own the stage. Definitely a good choice if you want a little giggle about the silly things in life. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £16.50.

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


Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Tues 14 to Sun 19 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, which features new staging, cutting edge technology, new costumes and choreography, world champion acrobats and 40 young performers directed by the man himself. Tickets are £40.15. The tour moves to Guildford’s G Live next week from 20 to 22 Feb, and from there to New Wimbledon Theatre, from 28 Feb to 5 Mar.

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


Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Sun 12 Mar


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 £28.15.

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


The Opera Boys – Camberley Theatre – Fri 10 Feb

Bringing opera to the masses, these four leading men from London’s West End combine to deliver a stunning blend of music from opera to pop, and everything in between. Operatic arias and classical favourites are mixed with showstoppers from ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’. The show also features new classical arrangements of current pop hits, performed in The Opera Boys own style. They’re keen to dispel the myth that opera is boring, so if you’re new to opera, this could be a good show to catch. Tickets are £19.50.

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


Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize – National Portrait Gallery, London – until 21 Feb

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The Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize at London’s National Portrait Gallery is a Muddy Sussex favourite. I popped in last year and as always the standards are super high. There are a few celebs, including Benedict Cumberbatch and some beautiful uses of natural light. My favourite though, was a grinning schoolboy and his mates in an African classroom, a portrait so full of joy I could have sat and looked at it for half an hour.

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE.


The Hundred Watt Club Burlesque – The Electric Theatre, Guildford – Fri 10 Feb

The Hundred Watt Club brings its naughty but also nice burlesque and cabaret show to the Electric Theatre in Guildford on Fri 10 Feb. You’ll see fierce and fiery burlesque from Cleopantha, comedy from Tina T’urner Tea Lady, award winning clowning  from Pi the Mime, and neo-striptease from Lena Mae. Tickets are £15 each.

The Electric Theatre, Onslow St, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Tel: 01483 444789.



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’re closer to Richmond, it’s at the 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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