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The Muddy Guide: Nov 3-9

Sunny Afternoon, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Thur 3 – Sat 5 Nov


I’ll take a sunny afternoon any which way I can right now – and this production from the West End may be just the thing. It’s the story of how The Kinks rose to stardom, including their debut appearance on Top of the Pops and their infamous American tour. You’ll hear all the big hits, including ‘You Really Go Me’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Lola’ and of course, ‘Sunny Afternoon’. Last year it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical which speaks volumes. If you’re a Kinks fan it’s a no-brainer. Tickets are £17.90-£53.40. Show times are 2.30pm Thurs and Sat, and 7.30pm Thurs, Fri and Sat.

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


An Evening of Burlseque, Camberley Theatre – Fri 4 Nov


I’ve never seen a burlesque show, but it’s on my list of must-dos because it sounds like tons of fun. The promo material for this show suggests you leave your inhibitions at the door and prepare yourself for the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza with a bevy of beautiful burleque stars, variety artists and fab costumes. It’s glamour with a naughty edge. Love it! Tickets are £22, and the show starts at 7.30pm.

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


Maltings Monthly Market, at Farnham Maltings – Sat 5 Nov


This is one of Surrey’s oldest and largest markets – and it’s on the first Saturday in every month, no matter what the weather, selling everything from artisan bread to local craft designers and chic vintage items. There are more then 200 stalls, and with Christmas around the corner, this could be a nice way to kick start your shopping. It’s on from 9am – 4pm, admissionis £1

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


Tiff Stephenson, at G Live, Guildford – Sat 5 Nov


There are hundreds of stand-up comics in the world, but most of them are men. Tiff is a refreshing break from the masculinity that runs strong in the world of funny people. Her show, Seven, was inspired by a gig she did in David Lynch’s nightclub in Paris last year, just a month before the Bataclan attacks. Here she explores our need to make huge world events about us, and delves into morality, modernity, vanity, mental health, film reboots and, um, clouds. Not all heavy stuff then! Tickets are £14. Show starts at 8pm.

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


Russian Ballet, at Dorking Halls – Sun 6 Nov


The Russian State Ballet and Opera House perform this classic ballet live to a recorded accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s score. It’s a popular and well-known story about a little girl who is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas, which turns into a prince. When midnight strikes, the world turns magical in the winter glow of Christmas eve, and the toys come to life. If you’re not already starting to feel festive, this will certainly get you in the mood. It’s on at 7.30pm, tickets are £24-£26.

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


Gabrielle, at G Live, Guildford – Tues 8 Nov


She’s not long back from suporting Michael Bolton on his nation-wide tour, but here she is again briging her own show of greatest hits. Expect to hear Gabrielle peform all her greatest hits with her live band, including ‘Dreams’, ‘Going Nowhere’, ‘I Wish’ and ‘Because of You’. Tickets are £28-£38, or £102 if you can stretch to it for VIP seats in the first five rows plus other bonuses, including having your picture taken with the lady herself.

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


Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Sun 6 Nov


Adorable little Josh is back with his curly locks, getting all worked up about the little things in life that just make you tick. I know how he feels! Join him in Woking for a good ol’ belly laugh to make things better. Rather honestly, it’s suggested online that if you’ve seen him on TV and you enjoyed yourself then this is the show for you – if you didn’t, then maybe don’t bother. I’ll let you decide that one, lovelies.

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


A Princess Undone, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Mon 7 – Sat 12 Nov


Stephanie Beacham plays the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, in this play that was inspired by actual events. The play, by Richard Stirling, is set in Kensington Palace in one night in 1993 when Margaret takes several bags of letters from the Queen Mother’s home to throw away and finds at as well as potentially sensational letters from Prince Charles and Diana, there are other papers relating to herself. The cast also includes former Emmerdale actor Jason Merrells as ex-gangster John Bindon.  Tickets from £21-£32.50. Evening shows at 7.45pm Mon-Thurs, and 8pm on Sat and Sun, with matinees on Thurs 10 and Sat 12 at 2.30pm.

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


Vintage Guildford Market, at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford – Sat 5 Nov


The finest local vintage sellers, designers and makers will exhibit their items of yesteryear at the Vintage Guildford fair. There will be stalls selling vintage clothing, homewares, vinyl, and more, plus live music, craft workshops and a tea room. It’s on from 11am – 4pm. Entry is £2, or free if you’re under 5.

Holy Trinity Church, 5 Trinity Churchyard, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3RR.


Study day: A Celebration of Mary Watts, at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton – Mon 7 Nov


Mary Watts was the co-founder of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village and for many years lived in the shadow of her husband, the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts. But this day is about celebrating the life and career of Mary. The event, which will feature several key speakers, including Prof Murdo Macdonald, from the University of Dundee, Dr Elaine Cheasley Paterson, from Concordia University in Montreal, and Patricia Jackson from the National Portrait Gallery, among others, coincides with the publication of The Diary of Mary Watts 1887 – 1904 by Desna Greenhow. The book chronicles the life of the artistic, literary and political circles of the time, while also looking at Mary’s own achievements. The cost is £45 including refreshments and lunch and pre-booking is required. It’s from 10.30am-4.30pm.

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


Hair by Sam McKnight, at Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, London – from Nov 2 until March 12 2017


If you fancy a trip to the smoke, this exhibition will be one to catch. Hairstylist Sam McKnight has styled some of the world’s most famous locks, creating some of the most iconic images in popular culture – from Princess Diana’s slicked back style and Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album covver, to Tilda Swinton chanelling Bowie. He’s worked on more than 190 Vogue covers and styled all the supermodels, including of course Kate Moss (above). This exhibition celebrates his 40-year career from the late 1970s to today. To coincide with the exhibition, a book Hair by Sam McKnight, has been published and is available for £35.

Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R



Vintage New Year Party at G Live, Guildford – Sat Dec 31


Thinking about New Year’s Eve yet? Nay me either. But maybe we should be, to avoid that last-minute what-am-I-going-to-do panic. This party looks to a pretty fab option. Any opportunity to get on my stylish vintage glad rags on isn’t to be missed. There will be Champagne on arrival, a three-course dinner, and entertainment, followed by live music and dancing. As the clocks get closer to midnight, the London fireworks display will be streamed live into the party and you can get snogging the nearst to you! Tickets are £65. Dress code is black tie or vintage glamour. It’s from 7pm – 1am.

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

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1 comment on “The Muddy Guide: Nov 3-9”

  • RHONDA EVANS November 5, 2016

    So much going on, great reviews. xx


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