The Muddy Guide
Hampton Court Palace Festival, til 23 June
The Hampton Court Palace Festival is still going with a series of open-air concerts in the palace’s iconic Tudor courtyard. It’s a star-studded line-up peeps. Anastacia, Jools Holland and Van Morrison have already played, but there’s still plenty to come. Tom Jones is on Wed 15 and Thurs 16 June, Caro Emerald (above) is on Fri 17 June, George Benson on Sat 18 June, Art Garfunkel on Sun 22 June. And on Thurs 23 June, in a Tribute and Celebration of the Queens 90th Birthday is the gorgeous Welsh songbird Katherine Jenkins. I’d recommend you book.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Kt8 9AU. Tickets: £45-£70. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com
Jamie Raven, at Dorking Halls, Fri 17 June
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.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £20. dorkinghalls.co.uk
Matt Cardle at G Live, Guildford, Sat 18 June
With just one show in Surrey, there aren’t many tickets left for this Matt Cardle gig, but if you’re quick you can nab one of the last few that are remaining. Since winning The X Factor in 2010, the Essex boy has gone on to have a number of hits including When We Collide, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face his Top 10 duet with ex Spice Girl Mel C, Loving You. More recently Matt’s four-octave vocal range has seen treading the boards opposite Beverley Knight in Memphis The Musical in London. In this special Intimate & Live evening, though, Matt will perform material from his three top 10 albums past, a mix of covers and will preview of songs from his forthcoming new LP.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £23-£26. glive.co.uk
The Proclaimers, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Sun 19 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’. Book now though, because there only in Woking for one night.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £32.65. atgtickets.com
Grumpy Old Women Live: starring Jenny Eclair, Susie Blake and Kate Robbins at Dorking Halls, June 18
By popular demand, the grumpies are back to knock some sense into the nation. Or so they say. Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair will be joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake (Mrs Brown’s Boys) and actress and singer Kate Robbins (Where the Heart Is) for what is bound to be a very entertaining evening. Get your gal pals together for a fun night.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £26.50. dorkinghalls.co.uk
Jeremy Gee Photography: Colourblind, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, until July 4
As a cinematographer and cameraman, Jeremy Gee has worked on some of the biggest films to come out of Britain. Sliding Doors, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Charlotte Gray, among them. Now he has gone full circle, back to his first passion, photography.This exhibition represents just a small selection of Jeremy’s eclectic eclectic photographic work, featuring London, Kew, Richmond Park, Brighton, Natural History, Reflections, Textures and Frames within Frames.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090. rosetheatrekingston.org
Mark Watson: I’m Not Here, at G Live, Guildford, Fri 17 June
I do like Mark Watson — particularly Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better on Radio 4). In this show, a seemingly minor problem at an airport is the starting point for a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age and search for meaning in our lives. And we all want a bit of that, right?
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £20. glive.co.uk
BOOK IT NOW
Guys and Dolls, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 26-30 July
This sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers will leave you ‘Walking on air’ with an evening featuring some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes. Book it now so you don’t miss this show, that’s come from the West End.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £15-£47.50. atgtickets.com