The Muddy Guide: Thur 21- Wed 27 April
Yolanda Brown: Reggae Love Songs, ft Mica Paris at G Live, Guildford, 27 April
Double Mobo award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown brings some sass to Guildford, and a special guest in the form of soul legend Mica Paris. The pair will take you on a journey of reggae rhythms from the Caribbean, peppered with jazz-flavoured inflections. One of the top female saxophonists in the UK, YolanDa Brown has spent several years on the jazz circuit as well as the world stage both as a soloist in her own right, and touring with some of the globe’s biggest names in music including The Temptations, Errol Brown and Courtney Pine.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £25.50. glive.co.uk
Derren Brown: Miracle, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 25 April
I’ve always been a little intrigued by Mr Brown. What is it exactly that he does? Magic? Illusion? Mind control? I’m not sure I quite know. The blurb says he’s ‘a dark manipulator of magic and mind control’. What I do know is that he’s well renowned for being a fantastic live performer, so this sounds like it might be pretty darned good.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tickets £40.40-£50.40. Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com
Goodnight Mister Tom at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, until Sat 23 Apr
I saw this on Tuesday, and my-oh-my, I’ve got to tell you, it’s a good one. You can read my review here. It’s a beautiful story, and one that will break your heart, make you smile and certainly make you cry. It follows the story of a young boy, William, who is evacuated from London just before the Second World War to a small village in Dorset, where he is billeted to the grumpy old recluse Tom Oakley. Their journey together is quite lovely. You’ve got until Saturday to see it.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £14.40-£31.40. atgtickets.com
Loseley Spring Garden Show at Loseley Park, Guildford, 22-24 Apr
I love this time of year. There flowers are all starting to bloom and the sun is starting so shine. It’s filled with such promise, and we’ve still got the whole of summer yet to come. For an Aussie girl like me who’s used to a little more sun than Britain’s usual offering, that’s a great thing. I also happen to love gardens, so I’m a bit excited about Loseley’s Spring Garden show, which is on from this Friday to Sunday. It’s a chance to preview Loseley’s spring bedding displays, before the gardens actually open for the season. There will also be nurseries exhibiting, and stalls selling garden accessories, furniture, garden sculpture and food.
Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 304440. loseleypark.co.uk
Tim Rudman: Iceland – An Uneasy Calm at The Lightbox, Woking, 23 April – 3 July
If want to catch some great photography, there’s a fab exhibition opening at The Lightbox in Woking this week. It shows the work of Tim Rudman, one of Britain’s finest landscape photographers, and coincides with the release of his new book Iceland: An Uneasy Calm, which documents his experiences ravelling through Iceland. Rudman’s stunning pictures capture the magical wilderness of the country, and the exhibition will take you on a journey through eerie landscapes, brooding skies and spectacular mountaintops.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
Bad Jews at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, 26-30 April
I’m all booked to see this one, and I can’t wait. It’s come from St James’ Theatre in the West End, where it became the best-selling play in the theatre’s history. If that’s doesn’t scream ‘book your tickets now’, I’m not sure what does. It’s about a family scrabbling over a treasured family heirloom that belonged to their grandfather, who’s now dead. Sound familiar? You know, it vaguely does!
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. Tickets: £26-£34.50. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Royal Opera Live Screening: Lucia Di Lammermoor, various venues, Mon 25 April
This opera hasn’t been seen in more than a decade at the Royal Opera Housed, so this new production of Lucia di Lammermoor is pretty big stuff. The opera tells the story of an ongoing feud between two families in 17th-century Scotland that has terrible consequences for two young lovers. It contains what is undoubtedly one of opera’s most poignant and gripping mad scenes, and is regarded as one of Donizetti’s finest works. Diana Damrau is in the title role, while American tenor Charles Castronovo takes on the role of her secret lover, Edgardo.
Leatherhead Theatre; Everyman Cinemas in Esher, Oxted and Reigate; Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Redhill; Dorking Halls; Ambassador Cinema, Woking; Cranleigh Arts Centre
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Shazia Mirza: The Kardashians Made Me Do It!, at Epsom Playhouse, 5 May
After her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, the rascible and cynical comic Shazia Mirza takes us on a searing and urgent exploration of live, love and Jihadi brides, in her new solo show. The Kardashians Made Me Do It is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. The show tells of the confusion it caused as she looks into the nature of offence, the dangers of politically correct liberalism versus the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS into the lives of young British Asian women.
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555. epsomplayhouse.co.uk
Pasha Kovalev: It’s All About You, at Dorking Halls, Thur 28 April
Okay, I’ll admit I may have included Pasha for the eye candy value. But, he also has some serious dancing creds, and I’m not just talking about his 2014 win on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. The Russian latin and ballroom dancer and his professional dance partner, Anya Gamis, who’s on the US version of the show, have been at the top of their game for more than 10 years both here and across the pond. This is his fifth tour, and you can expect energetic music, spectacular dancing and, of course, glamorous and sparkling costumes aplenty. But he’s only in Dorking for one night, so you’ll need to book.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £24.50. dorkinghalls.co.uk