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Things to do: April


FESTIVAL: Woking Literary Festival
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends Mon 29 April

Returning for a third year, the Woking Literary Festival offers something for all ages including best-selling author talks, pop-up book shop and a masterclass for aspiring authors.

MUSIC: The Unthanks – Unaccompanied As We Are
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Mon 29 April
Where does a band go, after a symphonic journey that peaks with orchestral performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall? Back to the beginning of course. Sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank sing in unaccompanied harmony – joined on this tour by Unthanks member Niopha Keegan to make a vocal trio.

THEATRE: The Full Monty
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Mon 29 April – Sat 4 May

The Full Monty, the much-loved story of six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, except their clothes, is coming to Surrey! The original film took the world by storm and the stage version has become one of Britain’s most successful shows. The cast, is led by Hollyoaks’ Gary Lucy.

FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 30 April

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

THEATRE: Edmond de Bergerac
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 30 April – Sat 4 May
This triumphant hit comedy took France by storm and is now touring the UK. Set in Paris in 1895, it’s the story of struggling playwright Edmond who helps his best friend Leo woo a girl called Jeanne by writing romantic letters to her as if from
THEATRE: Dirty Dancing
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 30 April – Sat 4 May
Head back to the summer of 1963 with a bit of Dirty Dancing.If haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance. Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and super sexy dancing, the love story of Baby and Johnny features loads of hit songs.
DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 30 April – Sat 4 May
Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.

FAIR: Spring Craft Fair
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ Fri 3 May

Meet some of the finest craftspeople from around the UK and browse a range of contemporary and traditional crafts at the RHS Garden Wisley Spring Craft Fair. There will be almost 200 exhibitors on display, all set within the beautiful surroundings of Wisley.

COMEDY: Lucy Porter – Pass it On
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 3 May

Discussing all things inherited from her parents, from dodgy knees to global warming (eh?), Lucy Porter performs her new stand up show Pass It On that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Lucy’s TV creds include QI, Room 101 and Live at the Apollo.

EVENT: Spring Ladies Day
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Fri 3 May

Get the girls together for an afternoon of racing and entertainment at Lingfield’s  Spring Ladies’ Day. There will be live music from Gary Birtles and Lorrie Brown, a best-dressed competition and a mini-shopping village.

MUSIC: Stringfever
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 4 May

This is no ordinary show. The Quartet, which comprises brothers Giles, Ralph, Neal and their cousin Graham, perform their own unique style of music on five and six string custom built electric violins, viola and cello, providing a contemporary fresh new sound.

FESTIVAL: Walton Folk Festival
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 4 May

You’ll see an amazing line-up of folk and acoustic acts at this one-day festival. Headlining are False Lights – folk giants Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s band who produce ‘folk rock for the 21st century’. Also on the bill are Daria Kulesh, Megson, Trials of Cato, Lukas Drinkwater and Hannah Ashcroft.

THEATRE: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ ends Sun 12 May

The first major stage adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel has its world premiere at the Rose – marking the 25th anniversary of the novel’s publication. Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin tells the iconic story of a passionate love affair set against the turbulent backdrop of World War II.

■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until Sun 23 June
In the year of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing for Moonscapes, is the first exhibition to explore 19th-century visions of the moon, featueing a selection of works by artists including William Holman Hunt, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Evelyn De Morgan and G F Watts.
MUSIC: Jess Glynne
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sat 10 Aug
With 2 UK number 1 albums including the 2018 hit Always In Between, Jess Glynne will perform to thousands of race goers live after racing on Saturday 10 August. This lady is hot hot hot right now – so tickets will sell fast though. I’d get in quickly! Racing is from 5.10pm-8.15pm – music starts after the last race.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thurs 9 May

Jimmy brings his brand new show to Dorking – and this one’s packed with jokes about terrible things. Apparently, having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Consider yourself warned. Tickets are £31.50 and they’re selling fast.

FESTIVAL: Chiswick Proms
■ Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick ■ 7 – 9 June

A brand-new open-air music festival celebrating comedy, musical theatre and classical music.

MUSIC: Kew the Music
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ 9 – 14 July

With headline acts from Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne, Jules Holland, Craig David, Garbage and Rick Astley, Kew’s summer concerts offer some great entertainment. Tickets are on sale now.





THEATRE: Club Tropicana
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 1 – Sat 6 April
Club Tropicana has a star-studded cast and a musical soundtrack that will have you dancing in the aisles! Led by Joe McElderry, this is a journey back to the 80s featuring all your favourite party anthems. Rock on!

FAIR: Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 2 April

The very fabulous Sunbury Antiques Fair has expanded and taken over the fair at Sandown Park – and you’ll find the market stalls there bright and early on the first Tuesday of every month. There are a vast array of stalls – both inside and outside – selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 7am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

KIDS’ THEATRE: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Tues 2 & Wed 3 April

Everyone’s favourite tea-guzzling tiger is back. Direct from a West End season this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… It’s aimed at ages 3+.

THEATRE: Miles Jupp: The Life I Lead
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 2 & Wed 3 April

Ooh, this one sounds like a goodie. Miles Jupp brings David Tomlinson (best remembered as Mr Banks in the Mary Poppins original) to life, retelling his fascinating story, from World War II fighter pilot, to his relationship with his eccentric father. Billed as a ‘moving tale of fathers and sons across different generations’, I reckon it’ll be compelling stuff.

■ Camberley Theatre ■ Tues 2 & Wed 3 April
The professionals of Strictly Come Dancing come together for their first girls tour. Starring Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and former Strictly pro Chloe Hewitt, it’s an exciting mix of individual performance and group numbers with the girls’ supporting dance partners.
MUSIC: Oliver Nelson (violin) and Vasileois Rakitzis (piano)
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Wed 3 April
This lunchtime concert features local lad, Oliver Nelson, who has had a glittering career at the Royal Academy of Music winning the academy concerto competition and graduating with distinction. Since then he has been in high demand as a recitalist with some of Britain’s finest pianists and as soloist with orchestras throughout the country and abroad.
THEATRE: Rotterdam
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 4 – Sat 6 April
Following it’s critically acclaimed West End run, this touching new comedy about gender and sexuality begins its nationwide tour. It’s from the writer Jon Brittain, co-creator of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, and writer of What Would Spock Do? and The Sexual Awakening of Peter
EVENT: Grand National Raceday
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sat 6 April
A family-friendly day out at the races with live screenings of  the Grand National action from Aintree. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including face painting, a giant inflatable assault course and behind-the-scenes tours. Kids under 17 go free when they’re with an adult.

FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 6 April

Banff Mountain Film Festival Ice & Palm two cyclists loaded with skis leaning again a stone wall

The latest and best films touring the UK courtesy of the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. There are two shows, each with a different selection of films – the Red film programme is in Dorking this month featuring films like Ice and Palms (above). Then catch the Blue film programme in May. A two-night discount is available if you book both nights.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Work in Progress
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sun 7 April

Back on the road again with shows that are selling out quickly – there are still a few tickets left for this show, but you’ll have to be quick.

The Rock Farm – Grayshott Easter Special
■ Grayshott Village Hall ■ Mon 8 April
A family event featuring live music from Tom Moth (the harpist with Florence and the Machines) and Pop Duo as well as stallholders. It’s aimed and families with kids up to 8 years, and runs from 3.30-5pm. More info here.
THEATRE: The Remains of the Day
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 9 – Sat 13 April
Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, this atmospheric drama is about time and memory, loneliness and longing. As the fires rage through England during and after the Second World War, we get an intimate glimpse into one man’s half-lived life, realised too late.
THEATRE: The Travesty of Richard III
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■  Tues 9 – Wed 10 April
A fast-paced romp through Shakespeare’s Richard III by Guildford Fringe Theatre Company, featuring all your favourite goodies and baddies from this thrilling tale. With a cast of two.
DANCE: BalletBoyz – Them/Us
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 10 April

Internationally acclaimed and innovative all-male dance company, BalletBoyz are back in Guildford with two brand new works, both set to original scores by world-class composers.

KIDS’ THEATRE: The Cat in the Hat
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 10 – Sun 21 April

Dr Seuss’ much-loved book The Cat in the Hat gets a live action remake, with riotous rhymes, acrobatics and a whole lot of mischief. The play was originally produced by the National Theatre and looks puuuurfect for young families and kids 3+.

MUSIC: Rose Kimberley – album launch
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Wed 10 April

Cornish singer-songwriter Rose Kimberley releases her self-titled debut album in Guildford before heading off on a UK tour. Her ‘trip-pop’ sound has been likened to London Grammar, Morcheeba and Zero 7.

FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 11 April

If you didn’t catch the Banff Film Festival’s Red programme when it was in Dorking last week, there’s a second chance this week when it rolls into Guildford. Featuring the best new films from the world’s most prestigious Mountain Film Festival.

COMEDY: Jess Robinson – No Filter
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 11 April

Jess Robinson brings her new show to Guildford with more spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics.

■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 12 April

Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. It’s for ages 3 and up. Shows at 2pm and 4pm.

COMEDY: Eleanor Conway – Walk of Shame 2 (Reality Bites)
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 12 April

She’s now ‘clean’, but really she’s still as filthy as ever. Fresh from a sell-out 10 country, 100 date tour this raw, charismatic performer returns with her award winning sequel about what happens when you stop chasing the ‘perfect’ version of you and realise she’s been there all along.

■ Farnham Maltings ■ Mon 15 April

Story Pocket Theatre dramatises Brit comic and award winning children’s author David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm. The show uses physical theatre and live puppetry to tell the comical tale of Malcolm, a boy who hates animals, as he inhabits the bodies of several farm creatures on a school trip.

KIDS’ THEATRE: The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Mon 15 April

Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish.

THEATRE: Glengarry Glen Ross
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 15 – Sat 20 April

David Mamet’s darkly funny and iconic play, Glengarry Glen Ross arrives in Richmond this month as part of its UK tour – following its sell-out run on the West End. Mark Benton and Nigel Harman take on the roles of the cut throat salesmen.

THEATRE: My Mother Said I Never Should
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 16 – Sat 20 April

Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, the story focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives. Bring a tissue.

DANCE: Coppélia by Vienna Festival Ballet
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Thurs 18 April

Infused with old world charm, Coppélia appeals to audiences of all ages with its captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. The Vienna Festival Ballet’s production embellishes the original E.T.A. Hoffmann tale with fabulous dancing and beautiful storytelling.

EVENT: All-Weather Championship Finals Day
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Fri 19 April
A great day out for the whole family on Good Friday. As well as the racing here’s plenty of entertainment  including live music, and Easter egg hunt, face painting, inflatable derby hoppers, chocolate giveaways and a giant inflatable assault course.

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 20 April

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club. The January line up includes funny people Otiz Cannelloni, Luke Honnoraty, Nick Elleray.

EVENT: Easter Open Day
■ Albury Vineyard, Albury  ■ Sat 20 April

It’s the perfect mix – fun for the kids and wine for the grown ups. Visit the vineyard on Sat 20 April between 11am and 4pm for a family-friendly open day with self-guided tours of the vineyard, a glass of two of bubbly, and delicious wood-fired pizza. The little ones will be kept happy with a vineyard bunny run, as well as colouring and stickers, and chocolate of course.

WORKSHOP: Vision Boards Surrey : Workshop
■ Willow Sanctuary, Guildford ■ Sun 21 April

Hand holding coffee cup with may photograph on the table

Take time out to think about just you and your goals and dreams. This all-day workshop will help you identify what’s important in your life, what you want to achieve, and how to get there. You’ll create a vision board as a visual reminder. It’s from 10am-5pm. Cost is £75. Book

EXHIBITIONS: Raymond Booth – 1929 – 2015 – Detailing Nature
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ ends Mon 22 April

This exhibition will combine exquisite paintings and studies to tell the little-known story of one of Britain’s most accomplished botanical, wildlife and natural history artists. For the first time, artworks uncovered by his long-time friend, Peyton Skipwith – found when clearing Booth’s studio after his death – will be on public display.

THEATRE: The Picture of Dorian Gray
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 22 – Sat 27 April

This bold new production based on Oscar Wilde’s classic novel about a society obsessed by youth and beauty is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats right up until the final scenes.

TOUR: From Farm to Fork – farmland tour
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Tues 23 April

An exclusive tour of Polesden Lacey’s farmland with the trust’s award winning farmer Steve Conisbee. The tour includes a light supper. Cost is £25 per person and booking is essential. Tel: 01372 452048.

FILM: Film Season
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 23 – Sat 27 April

The Film Seasons returns to Yvonne Arnaud this month bringing with it flicks like Colette, Green Book, Mary Queen of Scots and Mary Poppins Returns, among others.

THEATRE: The House on Cold Hill
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■  Tues 23 – Sat 27 April

A modern-day supernatural thriller that will send shivers down your spine and make you think twice about returning home to a dark, empty house after the show! From the author Peter James and starring Joe McFadden and Rita Simons.

■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 24 April
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want… to catch The Spice Girls Show and all the Girl Power belters when it stops off in Guildford this month. Join Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty Spice for the biggest 90s party in town (costumes are encouraged). If you haven’t snagged a ticket to see the real deal this summer, this will hit the zig-a-zig-ahhhhhhh spot.

TALK: An Evening with Brian Blessed
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 24 April

Brian will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions. He is also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others. Not one for peeps of a sensitive nature who might be offended by the occasional expletive. Tickets £27.

THEATRE: King Lear
■ The Adrian Mann Theatre, Necot, Ewell ■ Thurs 25 – Sun 27 April

This production of Shakespeare’s King Lear – by drama group The Suttoners – tells of a king looking to divide his kingdom and sparking off a series of madness, torture, horror and civil war. With its blend of political intrigue and family drama alongside division and personal fury and sadness, the messages of this show are as important now as they ever were.

MUSIC: Sabrina Chap
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 26 April

The Brooklyn based songwriter, composer and performer brings her boozy, bluesy set to Guildford dishing out smut, satire and existential dread in equal measure. Think Eartha Kitt, a female Tom Waits and a nihilistic Cole Porter.

 ■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 26 April
A good chance to introduce your baby to theatre – Glisten is an interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The audience are taken on a gentle and immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in an ambient soundscape of music. Shows at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm.
COMEDY: Mock Tudor Comedy Club
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Fri 26 April
Josh Howie leads the line-up at this professional comedy club. Also on the bill are Alistair Williams and William Stone.
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 26 April
This visit from the RPO will be conducted by the distinguished British conductor Alexander Shelley and will feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, one of the most tempestuous of all Tchaikovsky’s works.
■ Old Deer Park, Richmond ■ Sat 27 – Sun 28 April
Billed as a ‘thoroughly extravagant foodie sensual assault’ I think it’s safe to say this is a festival for food lovers. Local businesses will showcase their food and drink ranges, there will be a marketplace where you can buy foodie bits, chef demonstrations, live music and a KidsZone where they’ll be entertained. It’s from 10am-7pm.

KIDS’ THEATRE: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
■ The Electric Theatre ■ Sun 28 April

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly stage show pink room actors dressed as old lady, a fly

Kids love nursery rhymes that take a macabre twist – an antidote to the saccharin sweet storytelling of Peppa Pig. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ classic There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly the People’s Theatre will bring the story to life. Suitable for ages 2 and above.

WALK: Polesden Lacey Wellness Walk
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ until 28 April

Picture credit: National Trust / Nick Meers

Take time to reflect and recharge on the self-led trail taking you to the most stunning viewpoints around Polesden’s 1,400 acre estate. Alternatively join a guided Walk on the Wild Side tour with one of Polesden’s rangers and see the work they do to keep the country estate looking great. It’s at 11.30am on Mon and Wed until Wed 24 Apr. 

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