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10 great things to do in Surrey

Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Star Inn, Guildford – Wed 22 Mar

Three quarters of MPs are millionaires, a third of the country lives below the poverty line… and whatever your politics, Jonny & the Baptists think it’s worth talking about. This is, by all accounts, a riotously funny epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal from these musical comedians, who set out to explore the gap between rich and poor. Tickets are £13.

The Star Inn, 2 Quarry St, Guildford GU1 3TY. Tel: 01483 532887.


A Passionate Woman – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Tues 14 to Sat 18 Mar

Photo credit: Antony Thompson

Liza Goddard plays Betty, a passionate, doting mum who finds it hard to accept that her son is leaving home to get married. On the morning of her son’s wedding, Betty retreats to her attic where she relives her long-lost youth and the love affair she had in the 1960s. Surrounded by her memories and ghosts from her past Betty finds herself torn between a husband she never loved, a son about to leave and the man she shared a passionate affair with. Tickets are £21 to £32.50.

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


Showstoppers Kids Show –  Electric Theatre, Guildford – Sat 18 March

The Showstoppers’ Kids’ Show takes kids’ ideas and turn them into marvellous, musical adventures from scratch, right away and in front of your very noses. Everything is made up on the spot entirely from your suggestions, but grown-ups take heed – they ONLY take suggestions from kids! It’s an improvised musical show for kids of all ages, presented by award-winning West End improvisers, The Showstoppers. It’s on at 2.30pm and tickets are £10.

The Electric Theatre, Onslow St, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Tel: 01483 444789.


The Stranglers – G Live, Guildford – Tues 21 March

Guildford’s favourite sons, The Stranglers are on the road and they’re coming home to Guildford. Following the sell-out success of their Black and White Tour last year, the group will present their Classic Collection to coincide with the planned re-release of the entire Stranglers studio album catalogue from 1977-82. Ruts DC promise to deliver a memorable addition to the tour as special guests. The gigs are selling out quickly. Tickets are £28.


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


Leatherhead Theatre Spring Fair – Sun 19 March

So with a spring in our step (see what I did there?), let’s go gambolling (and again, see?) to help our social lives fully bloom (OK, even I’ve had enough of this now) – at the Leatherhead Theatre Spring Fair. There’ll be lots of stalls with everything from garden accessories to women’s clothing and accessories. Plus you can meet artist Emma J White, and learn a thing or two about painting. It’s from 10am to 4pm and entry is £1, which also gets you a raffle ticket.

The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Tel: 01372 365141.


Event cinema – Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening – Various venues – Sat 19 March

Broadcast live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, to select cinemas nationwide, the company presents a triptych of works by three masters of modern and contemporary choreography. For the first time, the company performs The Cage by legendary Academy Award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins, a master of visualizing and translating music to movement. Together with Harald Lander’s homage to classical ballet in Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s colorful folklore-inspired Russian Seasons. 

Everyman Cinema, Esher; Harlequin Theatre, Redhill; and Odeon Cinemas in Guildford, Espom and Richmond.


The G Live Surrey Wedding Show – G Live, Guildford – Sun 19 March

If you’re getting hitched, this is your chance to get everything sorted. There will be stalls from Surrey wedding suppliers to give you ideas for everything you need on the big day – from the venue to the cake, photographer, florist and hair stylist. There will also be a catwalk showcasing the latest bridal wear. Quite simply, it’s the easiest way to plan your special day.

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


Sister Act – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Mon 20 March to Sat 25 March

Alexandra Burke, last seen warbling in The Bodyguard, has swapped sequins for a habit to take the starring role in  Sister Act made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version. It’s directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, and I’m guessing it sticks to the film script like a wafer on the tongue. Alexandra isn’t doing matinee performances so if you want to see La Burke, book evenings people. Tickets are £20.40 to £55.90.

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



Chopping Chillies – Electric Theatre, Guildford – Fri 24 March

Written and performed by Clair Whitefield and directed by Olivier Award-winner Guy Masterson, Chopping Chillies was a hit at Edinburgh Festival last year. It’s a tale of love, loss and soul food about a cobbler and a cook, Katie and Ajna. Katie dreams of curries and Chapattis; Anja of hoy souls and reincarnation. Sounds like fun. Tickets are £14.

The Electric Theatre, Onslow St, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Tel: 01483 444789.


Alice in Wonderland – Epsom Playhouse – Sat 8 April

This production from Ballet UK has been getting high praise from the critics, with the The Independent rating it in top five shows currently touring the UK. It’s based on Lewis Carroll’s much loved classic, directed by Ballet UK’s artistic director Christopher Moore, who by all accounts has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. With its whimsical flights of the imagination, eclectic music and joyful dance, Alice in Wonderland promises to be delightful entertainment for all ages. Tickets are £15.50.

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





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