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Thing to do: This week

MON 9 - SUN 15 OCT

Fright Nights
Thorpe Park ■ various dates throughout Oct

Thorpe Park’s Fright Night boasts more terror than ever before with new horror experiences, attractions, and even more scares. It’s the perfect event to get you in the mood for Halloween, so grab your tickets… if you dare.

The Real Thing
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 14 Oct

Get up close and personal with the foxy Laurence Fox in this steamy production written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Stephen Unwin. A clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity, The Real Thing is a multi award-winning modern classic – and this interpretation is shaping as one not to miss.

Guildford Book Festival
Guildford Cricket Club ■ Sun 8 to Sun 15 Oct

Surreys largest book festival returns for its 28th year to a new location- Guildford Cricket Club. It will become residence to bestselling authors and names in the entertainment, media and sport industry. With over 50 speakers the Guildford literary festival is a book worms dream. We’ve selected some of our favourites below. guildfordbookfestival

Arlene: The Glitz, The Glamour, The Gossip – CANCELLED
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 12 Oct

Arlene Phillips was famously one of the toughest judges on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing – and then more famously was not a judge on Strictly when she was unceremoniously replaced by the younger and (let’s just say it) far less qualified Alesha Dixon. She spills the beans on this, and more, in her new show.

Legally Blonde
■ New Victoria Theatre Woking ■ Mon 9 to Sat 14 Oct

Blondes have more fun! And Elle Woods, a pink and pooch obsessed sorority girl, is certainly no exception. After her boyfriend Huntingdon 111 breaks up with her for someone more serious and suited to his endeavours in politics, Elle ventures out to Harvard to try win him back. OMG! After Eurovision singer Lucie Jones’ previous run of Legally Blonde at Leicester Curve, she returns to the starring role. Soap stars Rita Simmons and Bill Ward are also part of the cast. Get a group of your girlfriends together and I promise you won’t be able to stop singing the soundtrack for days after.

Chas & Dave: The Full Story Live
The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 14 Oct

CHAS & DAVE are bringing all the classics to their sell- out tour: ’Gertcha,’ ‘Sideboard song,’ ‘Rabbit,’ ’Margate’ etc. This cockney duo has achieved a lot over the past two years such as releasing their new album ‘That’s what Happens,’ selling out at the Royal Albert hall and headlining the royal variety show.


The Legend of King Arthur
Guildford Shakespeare Company ■ Fri 13 Oct- Sun 5 Nov

The Legend of King Arthur is a brand-new stage play written for Guildford Shakespeare company. The famous story of Arthur Pendragon will be told inside the atmospheric Spiegeltent, creating a unique experience. The plot follows Arthur as he faces the threat of the white dragon, unleashed by an unexpected adversary.


The Crafters’ Market
■ Reigate Priory School, Priory Park ■ Sun 15 Oct

A gathering of local crafters and their beautiful handmade wares. Expect handmade jewellery, stationary, clothes, artwork, wedding favours, and more. As well as a wide range of crafts, there will be a kids’ craft table and a pop-up cafe. It’s in the gym at Reigate Priory School, from 2pm-4.45pm.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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