THE MUDDY GUIDE: WHAT’S ON, THURS 11 – WEDS 17 FEB
Ready to head out and have some fun this week? Then I’ll begin!
Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, until 6 Mar
Set your heart a flutter with a trip to see the butterflies among the exotic beauties in the glasshouse at Wisley. Watch for the striking blue morpho, the giant owl and the king swallowtail flitting among the lush creepers and bright flowers and fruit in the tropical zone. You’ll also see butterflies feeding at special feeding stations, and learn about their lifecycle. General admission is usually available, or you can pre-book a particular time slot.
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. rhs.org.uk
Food by Aneke: Pop-up restaurant, The Lightbox, Woking, Sat 13 Feb
Pop-up tastic! If you haven’t had a chance to get to the Waters Edge, the brand spanking new restaurant run by the “Michelin mum” Aneke Spacie at Heather Farm, we here at Muddy have it on good authority there are still a few places left at the pop-up at the Lightbox if you’re quick smart. Aneke, who has worked with some of the world’s best chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants including Rainer Becker at Zuma, Mark Hix, Alan Bird at the Ivy and Alain Ducasse in New York, is offering a six course tasting menu. It’s £75 for the six courses, which includes a glass of bubbles and canapés, served against the stunning backdrop of the Lightbox’s latest exhibition ‘’.
The Lightbox. Bookings on 01483 737809 or via email.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Mon 15 – Sat 27 Feb
This hit musical promises to be a flamboyant joy ride straight back to the Nineties. Based on the Aussie film, it’s the story of three friends who camp it up on a road trip across the Australian Outback. Darren Day steps into the role of Tick, that’s been owned for so long by Jason Donovan. There will be a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favourites including Say a Little Prayer, I Will Survive, Go West, Hot Stuff and Always on My Mind. Expect brash humour, glitz, glam and sequins. It opens on Monday, expect tickets to sell quickly. Or win tickets in my competition here.
Shadowlands, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 18-25 Feb
An early head-up on this one, because it’s sure to sell out quickly. Shadowlands tells the love story of Oxford don C.S. Lewis, author of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and American poet Joy Davidman. A hit in the West End and on Broadway, this powerful play raises questions about religion, humanity and society through a gripping story of love, belief and pain. The cast is led by Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) as C.S. Lewis, with Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga) as Joy and Tony Slattery (Whose Line is it Anyway?).
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guidford, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Katherine Ryan: Kathbaum, G Live, Guildford, 18 Feb
Another early prod up for a show that’s certain to sell out quickly. The hilariously funny Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan stops off at GLive, Guildford on her tour. Her new show, Kathbum, covers her usual celebrity critiques but now there’s also more personal material in the mix with a look at how she’s immersed herself into British life.
Brendan Cole: A Night To Remember, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 11 Feb
Strictly Come Dancing’s charismatic Kiwi, Brendan Cole is set to dazzle with his latest show A Night to Remember. Now on his seventh nationwide tour, Brendan describes his show as ‘An evening with style with something for everyone’. In this show he leads his cast on a journey with music and ballroom and Latin dance. He’s one of several Strictly dancers on tour at the moment.
Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini, various venues
In this brand new concert film, directed by Brian Large and produced by Arts Alliance, the German operatic superstar Jonas Kaufmann sings Puccini’s greatest tenor arias, including ‘Nessun dorma’ along with arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West. Central to the film is Kaufmann’s unforgettable Puccini recital at the iconic La Scala in Milan which after five encores and 40mins of applause the audience were still wanting more. Celebrating the expressive power of Kaufmann’s voice, witness some of the most thrilling and electrifying opera performance on the big screen.
Leatherhead Theatre, 11 Feb, theleatherheadtheatre.org; Ambasador Theatre, Woking, 11 Feb. atgtickets.com; Dorking Halls, 13 Feb. dorkinghalls.co.uk;
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, 11 and 14 Feb. harlequintheatre.co.uk
Orchids 2016, Kew Gardens, Sat 6 Feb – 6 March
Kew Garden’s celebration of the orchid returns for the second year with the month-long annual orchid display. Aren’t they just gorgeous! An enchanted forest of Brazilian beauties, before you pass through a tunnel of tropical plants. Look out for two enormous Rainforest Tree sculptures covered in orchids and bromeliads, plus this pond display with an explosion of Brazilian colour. Part of the regular ticket price into Kew.
Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, kew.org
Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick House and Gardens, until Sun 6 March
The UK premier of the famous Magic Lantern Festival celebrates the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey. More than 50 giant lanterns will be on display, including a 60-metre long dragon, and life-sized elephants, zebras, kangaroos and flamingos. The festival is an outdoor event (so get you winter woollies on), and there are children’s activities, and a chance to design and build your own lantern. This promises to be a unique and cultural event, with a buzzing carnival atmosphere.
Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick, London W4 2QN, magicallantern.co.uk