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Things to do: this month

May 2017

City Life Exhibition
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ until 17 June

Reykjavik Iceland, Clare Caulfield

City living can be an eye-opening experience: expensive and noisy with busy streets and overcrowded Tube rides, and yet it’s also vibrant, surprising and energetic. This exhibition explores those themes and others. Work is by Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Chatterton, Janet Curley Cannon, John Duffin, Raewyn Harrison, Colin Moore, Nick Tankard, Chris Wood, and more. newashgate.org.uk

 

KT Tunstall SOLD OUT
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 23 May

Scottish singer-songwriter and musician KT Tunstall brings her tour to Guildford. Her new single It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am will be on the playlist, as well as songs from her back catalogue. Nina Nesbitt is supporting. glive.co.uk

Twelfth Night
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 23 – Sat 27 May

A tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, Twelfth Night is re-imagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war. This version fuses the radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in its innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra
■ Various venues ■ Wed 24 May

Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. It’s at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon until 7 Sept, but you can see it at your local cinema on Wed 24 May. Click here to find your nearest venue.  rsc.org.uk

Godalming Gag House
■  Cafe Mila, Angel Court, Godalming ■  Fri 26 May

The Godalming Gag House is now a regular club on the last Friday of each month. This month the line up includes rising star Masud Milas (above), who’s been touted as one of the most exciting acts to emerge onto the UK comedy circuit. He’s joined by stand up and musical comedian Jon Long, and stalwart Nick Revell. Tickets are £13.50. gaghousecomedy.com

Germaine Greer: Women for Life on Earth
Farnham Maltings Fri 26 May

Germaine Greer brings her fascinating and challenging talk to the Maltings on Fri 26 May. This event will give you plenty to think about, and of course there will be a chance for questions and challenges after the talk. farnhammaltings.com

My First Ballet: Cinderella
New Victoria Theatre, Woking Fri 26 – Sat 27 May

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s score, My First Ballet is the perfect introduction for little ballet lovers. I’ve taken my daughter to see a couple and she’s been entranced every time. Sweeeet! atgtickets.com

The Art of Sidney Sime: Artist and Philosopher
■ The Lightbox, Woking until 28 May

Old King Cole, circa 1903, Pen and Ink; Illustrative, circa, 1920, Oil; and Miss Vesta Tilly, circa 1896, Pen, and watercolour. All images © The Estate of Sidney Sime

This is biggest ever exhibition of the artist’s work and includes many recently restored paintings and illustrations from the collection based in Worplesdon. It will explore the life of one of the greatest imaginative artists since Blake, renowned for his book and magazine illustrations, paintings and drawings. His art was shaped by his journey from the coal pits of Lancashire to the world of aristocracy and the fashionable artistes of London clubs, theatres and music halls. Sime’s fascination with imaginary beasts, hell and the afterlife is in sharp contrast to his Scottish landscapes and later quiet life in Worplesdon, drawing caricatures in the local inn. thelightbox.org.uk

A Night of 100 voices with Debra Stephenson
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Thurs 27 May

The star of BBC’s Dead Ringers, The Impressions Show, Coronation Street and Bad Girls brings her new show A Night of 100 Voices to the stage at Epsom for an evening of comedy, music and impressions! epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Hands On Gaming Event
Woking Shopping Centre Sat 27 – Mon 29 May

Gamers get ready as Thumbs Up the ultimate hands on gaming experience takes over Woking Shopping Centre. Perfect for little kids and big kids, the event will celebrate games from the last 30 years, including PacMan, Super Mario and Minecraft. The event will feature hundreds of games, all playable and all for free. It’s in the Peacocks’ food court, from 11am until 5pm each day, with one hour slots bookable. Click here to book. wokingshopping.com

Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Estate Vineyard,  ■ Sun 28 May – Mon 5 June

Art and wine – what a great combination.  If you love both, you won’t want to miss the Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard, at High Clandon Estate Vineyard. And it’s for a good cause too. There will be more than 100 works of art on show in the spectacular gardens and Glass Barn at the vineyard. The event supports Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon which provides respite care for children with learning and physical disabilities), and also marks the launch of High Clandon’s first ever Rosé Cuvée. It is every day from 11am-4pm. The owners, Bruce and Sibylla Tindale, ask for a small donation of £5 per adult to go to Cherry Trees. A percentage of each sale of art and wine will also be donated to Cherry Trees. highclandon.co.uk

Jane Eyre
New Victoria Theatre, Woking Mon 29 May – Sat 3 Jun

Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece is brought to the stage in a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, and it’s coming to Woking. It’s going to be a corker. The touring production was given five stars by The Observer. If you miss it at Woking, it comes to Richmond Theatre from Mon 12 to Sat 17 June. atgtickets.com

Danny Link exhibition: We Find A Way
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Thur 1 June

There’s more to the Rose Theatre than theatre, so it’s worth making time to take in the exhibitions that are also held here. Opening on Friday is an exhibition by photographer Danny Link. Danny’s fascination with the human condition, has drawn him to his creative style of urban street and sport photography. His images often tell a story by combining light, dark and composition that capture a certain moment or emotion.  His unique style and creative talent is starting to build a reputation in the world of photography.  This is the first public sale of his work. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

 

 

 

 

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