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The Muddy Guide: Thur 7 – Wed 13 Apr

Dreadzone at Arnhem Gallery Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Fri 8 April


Who of a certain age doesn’t remember Dreadzone’s ‘Little Britain’? Well, um, me actually. But that’s more down to the fact that I was still Down Under in the mid Nineties with Kylie’s tunes spinning around in my head, than anything to do with these electro-dub pioneers. But I’m all caught up now. And this British band, formed when ex Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts, bassist Leo William and keyboardist Dan Donovan teamed up with musician, producer and mixer Tim Bran, are coming to Croydon. John Peel was a huge fan, they’ve headlined Glastonbury, released 11 albums, and in the early days had the likes of Alison Goldfrapp and Melanie Blatt on backing vocals. Need I say more…

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Tel: 020 8688 9291. Tickets: £15.


Ruby Wax: Frazzled! at G Live, Wed 13 Apr


Ruby’s frazzled! Well, aren’t we all? But unlike me, when Ruby loses it, she does it with style. The much loved comedian, actor and write – and now also a mental health campaigner – is following up her sell-out show (and book) Sane New World with this event to help us understand why sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. There will be an opportunity to talk with Ruby to explore how the power of mindfulness can be applied in daily life. Apparently, this is you passport to saner living. Sign me up now!

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £19.


Nederands Dans Theater 2 at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 12-13 Apr

NDT 2, Promotional shoot 2015, Credit: Johan Persson

This is one of the world’s most celebrated dance companies. And I’m a bit gutted I won’t get to see this show because it’s going to be amazing and vibrant contemporary dance. NDT2 brings 28 dancers to Woking from its HQ in The Hague under the artistic directorship of the British-born Paul Lightfoot. There will be four dances: ‘I New Then’ by award-winning Swedish choreographer Johan Inger, the UK premier of ‘Mutual Comfort’ by Romanian Edward Clug, ‘Solo’ by legendary Dutch choreographer Hans Van Manen and the finale, ‘Cacti’ by Alexander Ekman, a self proclaimed ‘rhythm freak’. If you go along, let me know what I missed.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £20.40.


The Huntsman: Winter’s War at Everyman Cinemas Oxted, Reigate & Esher, selected times


Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Sam Clafin. Now there’s a cast. And even if this film isn’t setting the world of the critics alight, it’s still on my must-see list. The costumes, the drama, the fantasy – oh and a Hemsworth, for whom I have weakness. It’s a prequel to the 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman, based, quite obviously though loosely, on the fairy tale Snow White. Two evil sisters (Charlize and Emily) set out to conquer the land and two renegades (Chris and Jessica) – who have helped Snow White once before – try to stop them. I’m going to give it a go.


Rehearsal for Murder at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 11-16 April

Whats7Rehearsal for Murder

This classic thriller was written by the legendary Richard Levinson and David Link, who wrote Murder, She Wrote and Columbo, so we’re in pretty good hands here. Add to that, an all star cast led by Robert Daws (Poldark, The Royal) and Amy Robins (The Royal, Blood Brothers) that includes Robert Duncan, Susan Penhaligon, Steven Pinder, Lucy Dixon and Ben Nealon – and it’s looking like a dead cert. The story follows a playwright who is heartbroken when his fiancee and leading lady is found dead on opening night. Fast forward to the anniversary of that night, and the first reading of his new play. But the reading progresses, the play’s similarity to the actual events becomes increasingly uncomfortable…

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. Tickets: £23-£34.50.


Up on the Roof at Epsom Playhouse, Sat 9 April


Up On The Roof celebrates the lives of legendary singer/songwriters Carole King and James Taylor who collaborated on many hit songs through the 1970s, and had their songs covered by other great singers. With hits such as ‘Up on the Roof’, ‘You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)’, ‘Handyman’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ performed by Brian Dale and Emma Pryde plus a live six piece band and show reel images, this will take you back.

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555.

An Audience with Simon Callow: One Man Band – Orson Welles Biography Vol 3
at Farnham Maltings, Sat 9 April


He had us blubbing into our hankies in Four Weddings and a Funeral, but now the actor, musician, director and writer is look into the world of Orson Welles, one of the most complex artists of the 20th century. Callow looks closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television – even, at one point, ballet. This new talk and reading shows what it was like to be around Welles, and, with a precision rarely attempted before, what it was like to be him, answering the old riddle: whatever happened to Orson Welles? After the show there’s a Q&A and book signing.

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


Exhibitionism: Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, London, until 4 September


This will be one of the big exhibitions of the year in London. Immerse yourself in over 50 years of total excess with Mick, Keef and co in this huge Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery (nearest tube Sloane Square). The controversy started early with this this poster being banned by London Underground. Follow the group’s journey from little-known London blues band to cultural juggernauts still capable of filling stadiums across the world. The boys picked up plenty of rock ‘n’ roll relics on their travels and the exhibition promises never seen before dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare instruments, original stage designs, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage, personal diaries, poster and album cover artwork and a ‘wraparound cinematic experience’.Tickets are £19 Mon-Thurs, £21 Fri-Sun and bank hols and there’s a rather unfriendly £3/3.25 online/phone booking fee but at least if you’re dragging under sixes with you they can get in free. To view the whole exhibition takes about 60-90 minutes.


Bolshoi Ballet Live: Don Quixote at Dorking Halls, Sun 10 April


The Bolshoi Ballet’s opening dazzling production of Don Quixote will streamed live to screens at Dorking Halls on Sunday. Cervante’s eccentric hero, Don Quixote, sets off on a journey full of adventures in search of his perfect woman. Along the way he meets, Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an inkeeper, who he thinks may be his true love. Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exhilarating performance, features new sets and costumes.

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £14.50-£17.50.



Matt Cardle at G Live, Guildford, Sat 18 June


With just one show in Surrey, this Matt Cardle gig is likely to sell out, so book your tickets now. 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.


Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman: Song The Ballad Book at Farnham Maltings, Tue 3 May


The legendary sax and clarinet player brings his jazz to Farnham where he plans to strip everything right back for one of the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career, accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and Mobo Award winning Pianist, Zoe Rahman.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. Tickets: £20


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 and book now.

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £26.50.


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