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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 3 – Weds 9 March, 2016

Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace: The Last Tango, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 7-12 March

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They’re all at it, those Strictly dancers. Touring, I mean. In fact, tango supremos Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone haven’t been regular pros on Strictly for a couple of years, touring instead with their shows Midnight Tango and Dance ‘Til Dawn. This one though, The Last Tango, as the name perhaps suggests, is their final tour. These two have been dancing together for 20 years, and in case you’ve not seen them on telly, they’re amazing. This show promises to be intimate, passionate and explosive. I can’t wait.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel:0844 871 7645.
Tickets: 23.40-£59.40.

Whitney Queen of the Night, G Live, Guildford, Thurs 3 March


We all got shivers when Whitney belted out ‘I Will Always Love You’ didn’t we. Well here we have a celebration of the life and music of the great lady, with West End star Rebecca Freckleton belting out the songs as Whitney. We’ll go on a rollercoaster ride through the decades of classic hits that will include all the biggies: ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’, ‘Saving All My Love’, ‘One Moment in Time’… You get the picture. There are still a few seats available, but you’d better be quick.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £22.50-£25.

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts, Epsom Playhouse, Fri 4 March

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You may recognise this guy from off the telly, he’s been flashing his face around quite a bit recently with regular spots on Celebrity Squares (ITV1), Sean Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular (BBC3) and Live at The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), among others. And with several comedy gongs under his belt, this promises to be a goodie. His comedy is stylish and funny, touching on politics with a small p, and race, but retaining his sense of silly.

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 742555 or 01372 742227.
Tickets: £12. 

An Evening with Lulu, G Live, Guildford, Fri 4 March


Lulu still has plenty to shout about apparently, and after a 50 year career (yup, you read that right), she’s back belting out her tunes. Favourites including ‘To Sir With Love’, ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, ‘Relight my Fire’, and of course ‘Shout’ are on the hit list. As well as performing songs from some of her musical heroes such as Ray Charles and Otis Redding, she’ll  share some personal anecdotes and other entertaining stories.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £35.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May


My fabulous, finger-on-the-pulse colleague Muddy Berks gave me the heads up on this one and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery. The exhibition features nearly 300 prints from their collection, with images from some of the best photographers in the business including rarely seen photos of The Beatles, Kate Moss and Jude Law. 100 years of glamour, style and celebrity icons in one room!

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE. Tel: 020 7306 0055. Tickets: £17, booking recommended.


Hatchlands Park, Mother’s Day activities, Sun 6 March

Photograph: John Millar/National Trust

You can rely in the National Trust to come good on Mother’s Day with the full shebang. At Hatchlands Park near Guildford, mums get in free and there are arts and crafts activities between 11am and 4pm where the children can make a special gift for mum. You can wear the kids out with a walk among the 400 acres of parkland, or let them run loose in the children’s adventure play area. Then round it all off with afternoon tea in the café. What’s not to like?

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford. Tel: 01483 222482. Cost for craft: £2.


Leith Hill Place, Dorking, Mother’s Day music, Sun 6 March

Leith Hill Place, Dorking, Surrey The country house was built c1600, and was the childhood home of the composer Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams in the twentieth century. He donated the house and its grounds to The National Trust in 1944.

Photograph: Andrew Butler/National Trust

The historic house, the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, has been closed for winter, and reopened yesterday, which is just in time for Mother’s Day. Mums and grandmas will get free entry if they’re accompanied by their children, and resident pianist, David Patrick will be tinkling the ivories during the day. You can take the soundscape tour and play the pianos, and like all good National Trust properties, there will be cream tea and cakes.

Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, Dorking, RH5 6LY. Tel: 01306 711685.


Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Sun 6 March

Visitors at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey.

Photograph: John Millar/National Trust

If it’s a walk you fancy this Mother’s Day, Winkworth Aboretum, is also offering free entry to mothers when they’re accompanied by their children. Spring is one of the best times to visit this beautiful hillside arboretum, with early signs of magnolias and azaleas, not to mention more than 1,000 different types of shrubs and trees. For peace and tranquillity – if it’s possible with the kids in tow – stop off at the lake and boathouse which has stunning views and lots of wildlife-spotting opportunities.

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD.  Tel: 01483 208936.


Barb Jungr, Camberley Theatre, Sat 5 March

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The New York Times described Barb as “a fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor.” She’s worked with some of the UK’s finest musicians and composers, has toured the world with her unique singing style and interpretation of song. This is sure to be wonderfully entertaining.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.
Tickets. £17.50.


Concorde Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Brooklands Museum, Sun 6 March

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If you’re looking for something a little bit different this Mother’s Day, then afternoon tea aboard the Concorde might do it. Re-live the atmosphere of the golden age of supersonic flight with Concorde, and the elegant style of afternoon tea in London’s great and grand hotels on a ‘Mach 2 for Tea’ afternoon. Sip Champagne on Concorde, enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Vickers Suite to the accompaniment of evocative ‘Palm Court’ music, and chat with a British Airways Concorde Pilot and Concorde Stewardess about a day in their lives flying 10 miles high at twice the speed of sound.

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Dr, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Tel: 01932 857381 (ext 237). Cost: £75 per person. Email: [email protected]



Annie, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 2-7 May


You really can’t ‘hard’ knock Annie as a family musical. It’s got it all – a fabulous lead character we love to hate, great songs and, most importantly, a dog on stage! And with Lesley Joseph taking over as Miss Hannigan there’s bound to be some really funny bits as well as lots of high leg kicks (seriously, have you seen what great shape she’s in?). I think you’d be mad to miss it, but I reckon it’ll sell out quickly so book now.

Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Tel: 020 8688 9291.
Tickets: £30.50-£47.50.


Blossoms, The Boileroom, Guildford, 24 March


British indie band Blossoms, has been selling out venues around the country. But there are still some tickets left for their gig at the Boileroom. They were originally scheduled to play the Boileroom on 13 Feb, but cancelled after the tragic deaths of five members of their support act, Viola Beach, in a car accident. Blossoms will play a set recorded by Viola Beach at Leamington Spa in tribute.

The Boileroom, 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS. TelL 01483 440 022. Tickets: £10.


Bill Bailey: Limboland, G Live, Guildford, 2-3 May


Bill’s latest show is selling out quick. So if you want to see him, I’d suggest booking right now. As the name of the show suggests, he’s talking about Limboland – the difference between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are. He will contemplate to true nature of happiness, and blast the world that doesn’t match up to our expectations. There is also music: a death metal version of Lady in Red, Happy Birthday in a minor key and a reggae Downtown Abbey mash-up. The lovely Debbie, our Muddy Sussex editor, has already seen the show, and she’s a big fan. Read her review here.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £26.


Concorde Champagne Day, Brooklands Museum, Sat 10 Sept


If you’ve always fancied a trip on the Concorde with a glass of bubbles to celebrate, then this one’s for you, but you’ll have to be super-duper quick as I happen to know there are only four places left. The March and April events were booked up long ago. You won’t actually take-off, of course, but it will be fun to pretend. There will be a champagne reception with Captain Mike Bannister, chief Concorde pilot, in the members’ bar followed by a visit to the Concorde simulator and other areas of the museum. Then you board the Concorde, are shown to your seat and served more bubbles before “take-off”. At the end of the “flight” you’ll get invited onto the flight deck, where you can sit in the pilot’s seat. And after all that there’s lunch in the Blue Bird Room.

Concorde Champagne Day, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Dr, Weybridge KT13 0QN.
Tel: 01932 857381 (ext 237). Email: [email protected] Cost: £115.



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