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Things to do: February


EXHIBITION: Inspired – by Claire Hardwick-Wilson and Oorla Morgan
■ The Fountain Gallery, East Molesey ■ until Sun 3 Mar

Inspired is an exhibition of two different art forms exploring the alluring, ever-changing beauty of the natural world.  of vibrant acrylic paintings by Clarie Hardwick-Wilson and handmade gold, silver and gemstone jewellery by Oorla Morgan. The exhibition is pen Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-5pm.

THEATRE: Abigail’s Party
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 25 Feb – Sat 2 Mar

Abigail’s Party is a classic production about the wit and wonder of a toe-curling 1970’s cocktail party. Dig out your best paisley frock and bottle of Mateus for this one. With West End favourite Jodie Prenger leading the cast, all signs are good for a very funny night.

THEATRE: A Song at Twilight
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 25 – Sat 2 Mar

Simon Callow and Jane Asher star in Noël Coward’s story about secrets, regrets and missed opportunities. It’s the story of a famous author, Sir Hugo Latymer, who is is growing old, and rude with it. Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semi-autobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966.

THEATRE: My Mother said I Should Never
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 26 Feb – Sat 2 Mar

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: Shut Down
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Tues 26 Feb

Directed by Charlotte Vincent – said to be one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today – Shut Down is all about the man. It’s an all-male production that explores what it means to be a man: the pressures, contradictions and confusions.

MUSIC: Ward Thomas – Restless Minds tour 2019
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 26 Feb

Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy are Ward Thomas – and they’re bringing their new wave country tinged pop new to Guildford. The Restless Minds album follows their 2016 chart topping album Cartwheels.

COMEDY: Russell Kane – The Fast and the Curious
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 27 Feb

Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us see more stuff and get more done.

COMEDY: Sindhu Vee – Sandhog
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 27 Feb

Sindhu Vee embarks on a UK tour with her critically acclaimed and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Sandhog. She tackle issues of love and family – and she’ll tell it how it is in her witty and direct style.

WORKSHOP: Hayman’s Gin Tasting Workshop
■ The Cock Inn, Headley ■ Thurs 28 Feb

Learn about the history of these award-winning gins and enjoy tastings of Hayman’s Old Tom, Hayman’s London Dry and Hayman’s Sloe gins alongside a deliciously fresh, local and seasonal gin-inspired three-course menu. Tickets are £28.50.

THEATRE: Stones in his Pockets
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 28 Feb – Sat 9 March

Funny, thought-provoking and witty, this wonderful comedy set in a small village in Ireland has won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway.


THEATRE: Madagascar The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 12 – Sat 16 Mar

Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. The musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

DANCE: Brendan Cole – Show Man
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 20 March

The first ever winner of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is joined by a team of professional dancers, singers and a live band for a night of beautiful ballroom magic and high-energy Latin passion.

FESTIVAL: Love Wine Festival Guildford
■ Harbour Hotel, Guildford ■ Sat 23 March

Love wine? Then this is the day for you. There’ll be wine tasting, wine walks and a wine masterclasses, giving you the opportunity to discover more about wines  from within our own backyard in Surrey and as far as California and Moldova. Surrey producers Denbies Wine Estate, High Clandon, Albury Vineyard and Greyfriars will be there. Tickets are £20 for a session from 1-4pm or £25 for the 5-8pm session.

POP-UP SUPPER CLUB: Indian inspired supper club – Breech Lane Curry House
■ Cullenders Delicatessen, Reigate ■ Thurs 28 March

Fans of authentic home style Indian curries will love this pop up event at Cullenders in Reigate. Jaya Malani, who runs the home-based cookery school Breech Lane Curry House in Walton on the Hill will have her chef’s hat on and will treat you to some of her family’s recipes. Tickets are £45 per person… and they’re selling fast.

MUSIC: Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 24 Apr

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want… catch The Spice Girls Show when it stops off in Guildford in April belting out all those tunes made famous by Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty Spice. It’s promising to be the biggest 90s party in town and costumes are encouraged. It’s a popular show – and there are no signs that’s changing despite the fact four of the five original Spices are taking to the road this summer. So get your tickets early.


THEATRE: All About Eve
■ Noel Coward Theatre, London ■ Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May

Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.


EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ opens Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

THEATRE: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Ourselves
■ The National Theatre, London ■ until Sat 2 Mar

Cate Blanchett makes her debut at The National alongside Stephen Dilane in this new play by Martin Crimp, based on Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. It explores desire, sexual violence and the complicated roles men and women play – blimey!. There’s also a series of talks with members of the production and the playwright throughout the play’s run though Cate isn’t on the menu I’m afraid.



TALK: In conversation – Kit de Waal and Alistair Burtenshaw
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Fri 1 Feb

The award-winning author and social campaigner Kit de Waal comes to Watts Gallery Artists’ Village to talk about her second novel The Trick to Time and her campaign to get more working-classes writers seen and heard. This event will include a book signing. Booking is a must.

COMEDY: Godalming Gag House Comedy
■ Godalming Borough Hall, Godalming ■ Fri 1 Feb

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club in Godalming. The line up  this month includes professional comedians Andrew Ryan, Stephen Carlin, James Bran and Catherine Bohart.

THEATRE: Falling Through the Cracks
■ Mill Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford ■  Fri 1 Feb

This powerful play directed by Trace Linegar comes direct from a run in London where it gained great reviews. It follows the story of Ben, who having been living on the streets for over a decade, finds himself trapped in a world of no escape. Thoughts of entering the land of the so-called living seem like an impossible task… until he meets Beth.

COMEDY: Matt Forde – Brexit Through the Gift Shop
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 1 Feb

Matt is renowned for his political comedy and his Brexit Through the Gift Shop show also features some excellent impressions of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. He’s billing this show as his last as an EU citizen.

THEATRE: Benidorm Live
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ until Sat 2 Feb

ITV’s award-winning comedy comes to the stage following in the escapades of the holiday makers and staff at the Solana Hotel. Creator Derren Litten has written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members, including Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Sherrie Hewson, Shelley Longworth, Tony Maudsley and Asa Elliott.

COMEDY: Suzi Ruffell – Nocturnal
■ Riverside Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 2 Feb

Suzi Ruffell takes her sell-out and critically acclaimed show Nocturnal on tour. Suzi is worried about everything – from someone breaking into her flat, to human rights across the globe, to her cat’s quality of life – but she’s able to see the funny side.

THEATRE: The Mousetrap
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ until Sat 2 Feb

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery is the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre. The scene is set when a group of people gathered at a country house get cut off by the show do discover – oh horror! – that there is a murderer in their midst.

EXHIBITION: Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 2 June

This new exhibition will feature around 70 works including Turner Prize winners and nominees and Venice biennale exhibitors such as Helen Sear, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Collins, Gillian Wearing and Jane and Louise Wilson. The works featured will date from the mid-19th century through to 2009 and will chart progressions in style, techniques and popular subject matter.

EVENT: The Grand Travel and Taste Show
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Sun 3 Feb

The Grand Travel and Taste show brings together 21 market-leading travel companies, offering cruises, adventure, all-inclusive luxury and family favourites, plus destination specialists from around the world, to help inspire your travel choices for 2019. MasterChef quarter finalist and local chef, Daniel Britten, will be also be there offering tasty treats from around the world. It’s from 11am-3pm.

TALKS: Ian McKellen on Stage with Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 4 Feb

Sir Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by touring with a new solo show to raise funds for theatres. The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes and acting.

KIDS: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 5 & Wed 6 Feb

A celebration on individuality and a celebration of laughter, this classic children’s book series by David McKee is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Featuring 21 puppets, plenty of colour and a cheeky humour – we love the show’s subtle message that it is always best to be yourself.

MUSIC: The Vaccines
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 7 Feb

Following their outstanding 2018 UK tour which saw them play to sold out crowds across the country, The Vaccines are back on the road to play 11 dates around the country, including Guildford. Special guests are  Hatchie and Jesse Jo Stark! It’s standing only.

THEATRE: DadMan the Bathtime Warrior
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Thurs 7 Feb

This is a funny and moving show for adults, using storytelling, live music and quizzes to address the changes that come with parenthood. It follows DadMan as he faces an ‘Ideal Birth-Plan’ and bravely navigates ‘School Runs’. There’s adult content.

THEATRE: Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938 (A Work in Progress)
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 7 – Sat 9 Feb

Written and devised by Vanessa Redgrave, the production looks at the a period in the life of her father the famous actor Michael Redgrave, and that of his friends the poet Stephen Spender and the German writer Thomas Mann. The play highlights the affectionate and intimate thoughts of individuals during these years of political and social disaster.

THEATRE: Ghost the Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 5 – Sat 9 Feb

This timeless story of love, hope and despair in Ghost The Musical comes to Woking this month – and promises to be a big ole blub-fest. West End star Jacqui Dubois takes on the role of Oda Mae Brown, made famous in the film by Whoopi Goldberg, and she’s joined by Rebekah Lowings, who’ll be channelling Demi Moore.

THEATRE: Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 5 – Sat 9 Feb

Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale. It’s a breath-taking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation adapted for the stage and directed by Nick Lane. 

FAMILY: Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 9 Feb

If you thought your rave days were over, think again – and join the fun at the Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave which is especially designed with 0-8-year olds in mind. Dance together to DJs Baker & Beale’s techno, house, acid, drum and bass on a floor filled with bubbles and glitter. Take time out at the baby chill out or get creative at the craft tables. With licensed bars, there’s something for everyone.

FESTIVAL: Orchid Festival
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Sat 9 Feb – Sun 10 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival is this year celebrating all things Colombian, through a spectacular ensemble of orchid-laden displays along a curated route.

COMEDY: Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 10 Feb

After sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 and 2018, Adam Kay’s best selling book is now being turned into a BBC Series. His hilarious and sometimes stomach-churning observations on his time as a junior doctor are certainly causing a stir and you can catch him for yourself at the Richmond Theatre.

THEATRE: The Girl on the Train
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb

I loved this book by Paula Hawkins and thought the film was pretty good too (Emily Blunt is brilliant in everything though don’t you think?) Now there’s a stage play to complete the triumvirate. Starring Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Game On, Kingsman) critics are raving about the show, and even if you already know the story of Rachel Watson and her obsession with her past life, apparently there are plenty of surprises in the play.

THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Show
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb

Think you could do the Timewarp again? You’ll be pleased to know that a high energy production of the musical is coming to Wimbledon. Get out your fishnets and vamp it up!

THEATRE: The Lady Vanishes
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb

The Lady Vanishes is a gripping crime story, based on Alfred Hitchcock’s cinema classic, with a solid cast of actors including Juliet Mills (Wild At Heart) and Maxwell Caulfield (Dynasty). Grab your fur collar and seamed stockings, slick on a red lippie and pour yourself a martini, it’s that kinda show.
EXHIBITION: A New View – Contemporary Art Exhibition
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 11 – Sun 17 Feb
This collaboration of six local artists – all inspired by nature – brings together painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and mixed media works in the exhibition space at Denbies Wine Estate. Artists include Marie Davey, Tania Busschau, Jane Davies, Imogen Hartridge, Ellie Green and Grace Ellen. It’s on from from 10am-5p daily.

KIDS THEATRE: Horrible Histories
 G Live, Guildford  Thurs 14 – Sat 16 Feb

Not your average history lesson. Bringing the past historical figures and events to life, Horrible Histories will be presenting two shows Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!

THEATRE: Glengarry Glen Ross
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 14 – Sat 16 Feb

David Mamet’s darkly funny and iconic play, Glengarry Glen Ross arrives in Woking 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.

MUSIC: Go Now – The Music of the Moody Blues
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Fri 15 Feb

Moody Blues drummer Gordy Marshall brings the ultimate tribute to his former band to the Epsom Playhouse. Alongside former 10CC lead singer, Mick Wilson, you’ll hear hit songs including  Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Go Now and Isn’t Life Strange.

■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 15 Feb
Fagin? delves into the untold story of a well-known criminal from Dickens’ beloved novel Oliver Twist. Written and directed by Simon Downing, and starring Keith Hill, Giles Shenton and Georgia Butt, the play offers an insight into Fagin’s own reflection on his life coupled with his true disposition discovered through his conversation with two ghosts.
VARIETY: Mat Ricardo Vs The World
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 16 Feb
Cabaret star Mat Ricardo brings his Edinburgh Fringe variety show to Camberley. Expect  world-class juggling, magic and illusion, escapology, sleight of hand, knife throwing, stand-up comedy, feats of strength, demonstrations of dexterity, and the only good trick that exists with a fidget spinner.
FILM: Mayor’s Film Gala – The Lego Movie 2 & The Greatest Showman
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 16 Feb
The Mayor of Banstead and Reigate is hosting two film screenings to raise money for her chosen charities George and the Giant Pledge and Born Free. The Lego Movie will kick off at 12pm with fun activities in the foyer and the screening at 1.30pm. The Greatest Showman is on at 7.45pm, with a reception and nibbles in the foyer from 7pm.
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Sat 16 Feb

Join manager Alex for an informative and insightful pruning demonstration on the vineyard overlooking the beautiful Surrey Hills. There will a chance to have a go at pruning vines yourself – and you can take a little bit of Albury Vineyard home with you in the form of vine cuttings. Tickets cost £27.24 and include a glass of Albury Estate Sparkling Wine.

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 16 Feb

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club. The February line up includes funny people Dave Fulton, Tom Glover, Matt Stellingwerf and Joe Hobbs (pictured).

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb

Yasmina Reza’s comedy about friendship, prejudice and tolerance has won every award going and become one of the most successful plays ever. In this production: Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson star.

EVENT: Wedding Fair
■ Warren House, Kingston ■  Sun 17 Feb

Getting hitched? Then you’ll want to know about the wedding fair at Warren House in Kingston which brings together photographers, make up artists, florists, cake suppliers, decorators and DJs. It’s on from 12-3pm – and there will be Champagne and canapes on arrival.

FAMILY: Mama G’s Storytime Roadshow
■ Camberley Theatre ■  Mon 18 Feb

Combining panto, drag and the art of storytelling this all-singing, partial-dancing extravaganza is filled with stories about being who you are and loving who you want. Popular panto dame – and also the writer of Camberley’s 2018 panto, Sleeping Beauty – Robert Pearce is the star. There may even be a twerking competition – so get practicing!

EVENT CINEMA: ROH Live – Don Quixote
■ Various theatres throughout Surrey ■ Tues 19 Feb

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling ballet. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

THEATRE: The Band: Take That’s New Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 19 – Sat 23 Feb

Featuring the music of Take That, this musical by award-winning writer Tim Firth tells the story of four women who were best friends as children and all big fans of The Band. Twenty five years later they reunite to see the band perform. Robbie Williams is among the show’s producers. 

MUSIC: Mike and the Mechanics
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 21 Feb

The Eighties pop supergroup are taking their ‘Looking Back Over My Shoulder’ tour around the UK, after selling out across the United States. Expect to hear songs from their most recent album Let Me Fly, as well as a good selection from the back catalogue.

FESTIVAL: Unravel… A Festival of Knitting
■ Farnham Maltings ■  Fri 22 – Sun 24 Feb

A three day event celebrating all thinks knitting and crocheting. Expect to find more than 70 exhibitors selling yarn and accessories, a programme of free talks, activities and bookable workshops.

■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 23 Feb

This is the world premiere stage adaption of these best-selling books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – directed by Mike Shepherd, with music and lyrics by Johnny Flynn. It promises to be lots of fun.

MUSIC: Lipstick on Your Collar
■ Camberley Theatre ■  Sat 23 Feb

Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn’t touch the floor. From the birth of Rock n Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show – featuring a full live band – is packed with over 40 hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more.

CABARET: Hundred Watt Club – A Dazzling Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 23 Feb

Pull up your stockings, dust off those top hats and get down to the Electric Theatre for this vintage inspired burlesque and cabaret show hosted by the acid tongued Lili La Scala.

EXHIBITION: Inspired by Nature – Celia Lewis
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ until Sun 24 Feb

A chance to see over 100 artworks – many new and previously unseen – by Surrey-based artist Celia Lewis in this solo exhibition at Watts Contemporary Gallery. All works are for sale.





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