The Muddy Guide
Borderlands: Out of the Blue, at The Lightbox, Woking, until 29 May
There are still a few days left to catch this exhibition. Borderlands is a lively group of artists who live and work on the borders of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. They include painters, printers, photographers and applied artists. Each artist has interpreted the theme ‘Out of the Blue’ in their own unique way which has resulted in an interesting and diverse show. All work is available for purchase.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
Max & Ivan: The End, at G Live, Guildford, Fri 20 May
I don’t know a huge amount about this pair, but they’re bowling over the critics with their latest show The End. It’s a multi-character play starring only Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez that looks at what the residents of Sudley-on-Sea do with their last moments on earth. There are lots of five star reviews floating about, so I reckon you’re onto a sure thing if it’s laughs you’re after.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £13. glive.co.uk
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Sat 21 May
Goldilocks saves the day in this adaptation of the traditional story. Staged by Magic Light Productions this tale with twist tells of how Goldilocks and the Three Bears help to save the future of her Grandma Gertie’s circus. Meanwhile though, the Evil Ringmaster of a rival circus is planning to kidnap the bears to make his own circus the best in town. It’s a panto style show, so expect lots of silly laughs.
The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tel: 01737 276 500. Tickets: £10. harlequintheatre.co.uk
The 39 Steps, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 23-28 May
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps, brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage is now on tour after nine years in London’s West End. With a small cast of just four actors playing 139 roles, it a fast paced, funny and accessible theatre. Ms Muddy Bucks/Oxon saw it when it was in her neck of the woods and loved it.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. Ticket: £23-£34.50. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Nathan Carter & his Band, at G Live, Guildford, Mon 23 May
Irish country music singer Nathan may not be as well known in this country (or is it just me?), but he’s a big deal in the land of green. He’s now been touring for just over three years with his band, and has recorded five albums. This gig is from his latest album Stayin’ Up All Night. You may have heard his song ‘Wagon Wheel’, taken from the album of the same name, which has become a hit, with over a million hits on Youtube. Have a listen here.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £25. glive.co.uk
Nigel Kennedy, at G Live, Guildford, Tues 24 May
Maverick and iconic British violinist Nigel Kennedy turns back the clock but adds a typical and traditional Kennedy twist as he performs an acoustic version of his ground breaking Four Seasons. Titled “The New Four Seasons”, Nigel will take the audience on a journey through the seasons with extraordinary flair, taking on new interpretations of the music whilst keeping the Four Seasons at its root.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £41.50-£51.50. glive.co.uk
The Carpenters Story, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Sun 22 May
This is the story of brother/sister duo Karen and Richard Carpenter, starring singer Claire Furley as Karen. Fans of The Carpenters are said to be guaranteed a walk down memory lane with all the classics – including ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, ‘Yesterday Once More’ and ‘Top of the World’ – being belted out by the talented Claire, who gets Karen spot on.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tickets: £24.90-£26.90. Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com
Colour5K Dorking, Sun 22 May
A kaleidoscope of colour will be raining down on Dorking for the 5km Colour run to raise money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which cares for families who have a child with terminal illness. Each runner gets a white t-shirt… but it won’t stay that way for long. Colour Bandits’ lie in wait at each 1km checkpoint to shower you with coloured powder paints, and you get to join in the paint throwing action in a huge colour extravaganza at the finish. Individual entry is £20, plus a £2 transaction fee. Enter via the website or sign up on the day. Registration is at 10am.
Colour5k Dorking, Pippbrook Meadows, Milton Court Lane, Westcott Road, RH4 3EQ colour5k.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. 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
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An Audience with Martin Kemp, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Fri 27 May
Some people just get better with age. And I think you’ll agree that can certainly be said of ole blue eyes Kemp. Mmmmmm. But middle-age crushes aside, I’m here to tell you he’ll be in Redhill next Friday taking questions from music journalist Simon Price. Expect to hear tales from the new romantic days of Spandau Ballet, about his life as an actor, and director of feature films, and about his autobiography True, stuff about his work with charities. It’s probably worth booking now though.
The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tickets: £23.50. Tel: 01737 276 500. harlequintheatre.co.uk
PreAimé Pop-up Clothing Sale, Woldingham Village Hall, Sat 4 June
Ok girls, this is your chance to shop till you drop and bag yourself some top name brands at bargain prices. It’s all top quality pre-loved ladies clothing, shoes and handbags. Brands include Karen Millen, DKNY, Jimmy Choo, Mulberry, Coast, Monsoon and Jasper Conran. Tickets are £3 in advance (buy them here) or £4 on the door and include a glass of bubbles. As well as the pre-loved clothing, there will be stalls by Stella and Dot, Love a Scarf, Phoenix greeting cards, and Acti-Lab offering mini-make overs and facials.
Story Pocket Theatre ‘Arabian Nights’ & ‘A Pocketful of Grimms’, at Painshill, Jun 1 & 2
This will be worth booking ahead for the half-term. Story Pocket Theatre is bringing two shows to the Conservatory at Painshill gardens in Cobham. Arabian Nights sees a cast of three play more than 50 characters in this fast-moving and very funny show which tells the tale of Sheherazade, the great storyteller, who avoids execution by entertaining her husband, King Shahryar, with stories every night. In A Pocketful of Grimms, well-loved tales such as Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin appear alongside Lily and the Lion (the original Beauty and the Beast) and some less well known stories including The Golden Goose and the very silly The Bird, the Mouse and the Sausage. Led by the Storyteller, the cast of four play a dizzying number of characters as the stories take the audience on an exciting journey through dark forests, enchanted castles, edible houses and ocean shores.
Painshill, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113. Tickets: £12 each, or see both shows on the same day £20 (includes entry to the gardens). painshill.co.uk