The Muddy Guide: Thur 5 – Wed 11 May
Yorkstone | Thorne | Khan, at The Boileroom, Guildford, Fri 6 May
Scottish folk singer/songwriter James Yorkston teams up Jon Thorne, jazz double-bass player, and Suhail Yusuf Khan, award-wining sarangi player, to form Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, the newest experimental group on the block. They’ve just released their first album, Everything Sacred, and the twitterings so far a pretty good. The Guardian gives it four stars, and hails it ‘bravely original and worth checking out’. And here’s your chance. They’re at the Boileroom in Guildford on Friday.
The Boileroom, 31 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS. Tel: 01865 798792. Tickets: £14. theboileroom.net
Julian Clary: The Art of Mincing, at Dorking Halls, Thur 5 May
Can you believe it, it’s been 30 years since Julian Clary first graced our screens with his silent sidekick Fanny the Wonderdog perched on a stool beside him. In this show he promises to cover the ups and downs of his sordid love life and the true account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life – now that intrigues me.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £24.50 dorkinghalls.co.uk
Shazia Mirza: The Kardashians Made Me Do It!, at Epsom Playhouse, Thur 5 May
Shazia looks at life, live and Jihadi brides in her new solo show, The Kardashians Made Me Do It. The show was 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.
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555. Tickets: £15. epsomplayhouse.co.uk
Ballet Theatre UK: Pinocchio, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Thur 5 May
Ballet Theatre UK tells the classic tale of the wooden puppet carved from pine whose only wish is to become a real boy. All your favourite characters will be there – Gepetto, the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket. It’s set to a classical score, and looks like a goodie for families and fans of ballet.
The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tel: 01737 276 500. Tickets: £14-£18.50. harlequintheatre.co.uk
Cine Club: The Survivalist, at Farnham Maltings, Fri 6 May
With a post-show talk from the director Stephen Fingleton, this month’s Cine Club offering is The Survivalist, keeping with clubs theme of exploring films about surviving against all odds. It’s a Bafta-nominated thriller set in a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rive, and strangers are always dangerous. It doesn’t sound like light viewing, but it’ll certainly give you something to think about.
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. Tickets: £7. farnhammaltings.com
Clybourne Park, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, until Sat 7 May
A combustible mix of race, territory and property prices and this is a dead cert to get some laughs, albeit the kind that are on the appalling side of funny. Set in the Sixties in a fictional Chicago neighbourhood, a black family move into a traditionally white suburb triggering the all too predictable mutterings. Fifty years later, we return to the same house as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. Cleverly, both eras are played by the same set of actors. It’s come from the West End, where it played to great acclaim.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook Theatre, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. Tickets: £21-£32.50. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Some Guys Have all the Luck: The Rod Stewart Story, Camberley Theatre, Sat 7 May
Rockin’ Rod comes to Camberley. Well, not Rod, excactly but Paul Metcalfe doing a pretty good impression I’m told. This show celebrates the career Rod, and includes all the big hits from his career including the likes of ‘Maggie May’, ‘Baby Jane’ and ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’.
Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. Tickets: £19.50. camberleytheatre.biz
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After Miss Julie, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
I’m a tad excited about this one, and I have bagged my tickets already. 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
Menopause the Musical, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Fri 20 May
Ok, so the reviews for this have been more lukewarm than hot flush… but for women of a certain age there there are bound to be some laughs. And to be sure, it’s played sold out tours in more than 100 cities around the world with millions of women flocking to see it. So it can’t be all bad. Don’t expect anything too intellectual, and you’ll probably enjoy it. Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Linda Nolan (The Nolans) and Rebecca Wheatley star. But it’s only here for one night.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets £27.90. atgtickets.com