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Things to do: February


THEATRE: Jane Eyre
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 28 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of one of the greatest works of English fiction comes to Guildford. Jane Eyre is the famous portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom.

EXHIBITION: Polesden Love Stories 2020
■ Polesden Lacey ■ Sat 1 – Wed 20 Feb

In homage to Valentine’s Day on the 14th, take a trip to Polesden to visit pairs of costumes that tell the story of a romantic couple whose romance blossomed at Polesden Lacey itself. Many of the costumes were made by the Arts Society.

COMEDY: Darren Harriott: Good Heart Yute
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Sun 2 Feb

What happens when you turn 30 and still haven’t fallen in love? What happen when that’s the case but you feel like you’re a real catch? With stints on both Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, you know you’ll be laughing all night.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 4 – Sat 8 Feb

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Red Shoes is set to romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. It’s tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. It comes to New Wimbledon Theatre from 10-14 March.

Josie Long: Tender
The Hawth, Crawley ■ Wed 5 Feb

A confident, very likeable comedian, Josie Long has been around a while but this is her first new show in five years. It’s a tale of new motherhood that in the wrong hands could be a self-indulgent yawn-fest, but she does a cracking set. This is as close as she gets to Surrey, so catch her before she heads off to Australia.

COMEDY: Stuart Goldsmith: End of
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 7 Feb

Host of the extremely popular Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast (it has over 10 million downloads!), join Goldsmith for an evening of giggles as he ponders over life as an over thirty year old.

TALK: In Conversation with Carlton Kirby
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 7 Feb

Eurosport’s Voice of Cycling shares unbelievable tales from nearly 30 years’ covering the sport, including his run ins with Bradley Wiggins. A juicy insight that’s an essential for any cycling superfan!

COMEDY: Alex Edelman: Just For Us
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 8 Feb

Edelman’s first show – named Millennial – won an Edinburgh Comedy award, so you know you’re onto a good thing here. If you’re interested in gorilla that can do sign language, you need to grab a ticket ASAP!

EXHIBITION: International Garden Photographer of The Year
■ Kew Gardens ■ Sat 8 Feb – Sun 8 March

Get some early inspiration for your summer garden with a visit to an exhibition that showcases the best of the best in garden, plant and flower photography. There are nine regular picture categories including The Beauty of Plants, Beautiful Gardens and Abstract Views.

FAMILY EVENT: Big Fish, Little Fish Family Rave
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 8 Feb

After five sell out shows in Farnham, Big Fish Little Fish are back with their family rave – this time with the theme Lights, Camera, Action. Expect rave classics and party music with club visuals, giant balloons, glitter, bubbles and the parachute dancers.

KIDS EVENT: Lucky Dip Disco
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sun 9 Feb

A retro disco for your little ones on a Sunday afternoon? Sign us up! With bubbles, lights and games aplenty, let your kids run free and choose the music for the afternoon through a lucky dip system.

COMEDY: Ed Byrne – If I’m Honest
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Mon 10 Feb

Comedian Ed Byrne leather and hearling flight jacket glasses holding foliage

Ed Byrne is one of the most successful comedians performing in the UK, regularly appearing on TV and touring to sold-out theatres. Originally from Ireland, he now lives in Essex with his wife and two children, but comes to The Harlequin Redhill with his new show If I’m Honest – when he’ll be taking along hard look at himself to work out if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

THEATRE: Blood Brothers
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 11 – Sat 15 Feb

Willy Russell (also of Shirley Valentine fame) penned this tragi-comic tale which follows twins separated at birth and living very different lives. It ran for years in the West End and is now on tour. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get some serious ear-worms.

MUSICAL: That’ll Be The Day
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Wed 12 Feb

Rock ‘n’ roll fans, listen up! The nostalgic show will features the biggest hits from the genre from the ’50s to the ’80s, with an abundance of comedic sketches thrown in for good measure. Don’t forget your quiff!

EVENT: Classic Talk: The TSR2 Story
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Thu 13 Feb

Would aircraft production have continued at Brooklands if the TSR2 had been commissioned? Join journalist and aviation author Denis J Calvert to learn more about the aircraft’s development and ultimate demise.

Boyzlife Tour 2020
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thur 13 Feb

Fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two come together for the first time with a full-band production show which features Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. Expect to hear top tunes from both bands.

WORKSHOP: Success with Houseplants
■ RHS Garden Wisley, Woking ■ Thu 13 Feb

Can’t stop buying houseplants but also can’t stop killing them? Look no further. This one-day course will teach you everything you need to know about keeping your indoor greenery thriving.

EVENT: Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day
■ Sandown Park ■ Fri 14 Feb

Head to Sandown Park for a fun-filled day of horse racing with an extra special military twist. Why not add to the experience by upgrading to a hospitality ticket?

ROMANCE: Valentine’s Food and Film Night
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Fri 14 Feb

Treat your loved one with a fancy night at The Lightbox complete with a posh four-course meal and a showing of Some Like It Hot in the Ambassador Room. A Valentine’s Day to remember!

DAYS OUT: Godstone Farm Olympics
■ Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone ■ Sat 15 Feb – Sun 23 Feb

Celebrate this Olympic year with an abundance of farm themed challenges. Will your toy tractor win the race? Will your welly throw be far enough? Get all 5 rings to head to the winners podium! Fun for all the family, that’s for sure.

THEATRE: Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 15 Feb

The perfect way to share your childhood love for Dahl’s literature with your own little ones, this theatrical and interactive show explores the author’s legendary stories including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFG and The Twits. An guaranteed hour of pure nostalgia!

OUTDOORS: Living with Nature
■ Hever Castle, Kent ■ Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Make the most of the first half term of the year with Hever Castle’s array of outdoor activities such as falconry displays and following nature trails. Bit chilly? Don’t you worry, your little one will be entertained by creating a ladybug or bumble bee in a free craft workshop or get your face painted as an animal!

THEATRE: Blithe Spirit
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 17 – Sat 22 Feb

The smash hit revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit tours just seven venues in England before transferring to the West End so this one to catch while it’s here.  Directed by the multi-Olivier Award winning direct Sir Richard Eyre, and starring Jennifer Saunders as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati, the witty comedy tells the story of Charles and Ruth who are haunted by the host of Charles’ first wife.

KIDS WORKSHOP: Supersonic Science Workshop
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tue 18 Feb

What better way to spend an afternoon than making lava lamps and blasting rockets, plus riding an indoor hovercraft? We’re petitioning for an adult version of this fun-filled workshop!

■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Tues 18 – Sat 22 Feb

Snap up this chance to see Mr Jazzhands himself, EastEnder-turned-West-Ender John Partridge, as the Emcee in Cabaret this February after its two smash hit runs in London. Anita Harris also joins the line-up for an extra sprinkling of star power. Grab your lipstick (loving your look there, John) and get ready to head to 1930s Berlin.

KIDS EVENTS: February Half Term Fun
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ Tue 18 – Sun 23 Feb

Watts Gallery is playing host to an abundance of crafty half term activities to keep your little ones entertained. Experiment drawing faces using mirrors and perspex, join storyteller Olivia Armstrong to learn more about the faces of the gallery’s paintings, or perhaps drawing digital portraits is more of interest?

MUSICAL: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 18 – Sun 23 Feb

This production of the life of one of stage’s most famous talents tells the tale of King’s rise to stardom and her complex relationships along the way. Of course, this show is filled to the brim with her most loved tunes so is a must-visit for all Carole King fans.

MUSICAL: New Jersey Nights 
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Tue 18 – Fri 21 Feb

A celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons that takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. From the back-street studio in New Jersey where it all began, this vibrant production includes all of The Four Seasons greatest hits.

SHOW: Cirque Enfant
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Tue 18 – Fri 21 Feb

With acrobats, jugglers, clowns and singalongs, this interactive show for all the family will have you little ones practising their cartwheels for the foreseeable future.

KIDS THEATRE: Billionaire Boy
■ Theatre Royal Windsor ■ Wed 19 – Sat 22 Feb

What little one isn’t a fan of David Walliams’ tale? In the stage adaption of his most famous story, follow Joe Spud, the richest 12 year old in the country, as he comes to realise that the things he wants most are those that money can’t buy. This is a laugh-filled show with an important message at its heart!

FAMILY SHOW: Unbelievable Science
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sat 22 Feb

Got a budding scientist in the family or simply a child who likes all things that go bang? Join Morgan and West for a scientific extravaganza complete with captivating chemistry and explosive fun galore, with a side of quick wit and learning!

EVENT: Vineyard Winter Wander
■ Denbies, Dorking ■ Sun 23 Feb

Grab your biggest coat and warmest boots for this wintery walk around Dorking’s beautiful vineyard. Starting with a hot butty of your choice, before heading outside for a two hour guided tour of the site. With the experience ending with a hot glass of mulled wine, what’s not to like?

EXHIBITION: The Show Goes On – A Theatre of Portraits by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends 23 Feb

Cabaret and showmen, actors, comedians, musicians, dancers and playwrights will all appear in this series of paintings by current members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Expect to see portraits and studies of faces including Sammy Davis Junior, David Morrissey, Tilda Swinton and Celia Imrie.

EXHIBITION: William Orpen: Method and Mastery
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends 23 Feb 2020

 Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, the Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen KBE RA (1878 – 1931) is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. Featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings, this exhibition provides new insights into Orpen’s evolving and innovative artistic process.

THEATRE: The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilford ■ Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb

If you like your politicians skewered with satire and your politics raw, this is for you. As befits the fastest moving story of our time, the script will be updated – nightly if necessary – to reflect events. The scriptwriters could be very very busy.

THEATRE: In the Shadow of the Black Dog
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Tue 25 – Wed 26 Feb

A harrowing story based on a true story follows a man as he comes to terms with the suicide of his close friend. This is an important show to debut as the world becomes more accepting of open discussions about mental health.

WORKSHOP: Rose Pruning Masterclass
■ Polesden Lacey ■ Wed 26 Feb

Get the best out of your garden with this relaxed workshop hosted by rose experts. We can’t wait for the spring bloom now!

TALK: David Hockney: Ways of Working Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Exhibition Tour
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Wed 26 Feb

Hockney is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of all time, with his work celebrated around the world. Join one of The Lightbox’s expert guides for a tour of the exhibition and how it was curated at the gallery.

COMEDY: Dane Baptiste – The Chocolate Chip
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thu 27 Feb

Back on tour with a brand new stand up show, Dane will tackle race in his typically unfiltered and provocative manner. A fantastic emerging talent, not to be missed.

COMEDY: Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ern
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Thu 27 Feb

In homage to the legendary Morecambe and Wise, this comedy show suitable for all of the family is crammed with some of the dups more famous sketches, including the brilliant paper bag trick! If you know… you know!

EXHIBITION: Norman Ackroyd: Etching the Archipelago
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ opens Fri 28 Feb – 19 April

St Kilda Morning, Norman Ackroyd, Etching and Aquatint

Watts Contemporary Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd, widely acclaimed as Britain’s foremost contemporary etcher and a leading landscape artist and printmaker. The exhibition brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings – including a number of new prints – inspired by the artist’s expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years.

COMEDY: Kojo Anim presents the Taxi Tour
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Fri 28 Feb

Remember this legend from Britain’s Got Talent? Join Kojo on his debut UK stand up comedy tour as he shares his observations on family, parenthood and life in general. This is a guaranteed side tickler!

MUSICAL: The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 28 Feb

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists take to the stage in their trademark yellow suits for a night of vintage rock ‘n’ roll inspired tunes and dances. You’ll be jiving around the kitchen in no time!

COMEDY: It’ll be Alt Right on the Night
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 29 Feb

In an era of wide division, can two friends overcome their hugely differing views? This topical funny show is a tongue in cheek take on some of the biggest issues facing the world right now.

DAYS OUT: Lightopia Festival London
■ Chiswick House, Chiswick ■ ends Sun 1 Mar

Lightopia Festival London illuminated peacock

January can be a bit bleak so flick the switch and let there be light. Lightopia is coming to Chiswick House for its annual illuminations and the show is expected to be bigger, better, and uses more light bulbs than ever before. No one will be able to make a cuppa in West London but it’ll be oh so worth it.

EXHIBITION: David Hockney – Ways of Working
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends Sun 19 April

David Hockney, ‘Portrait of Sir David Webster’ 1971 © David Hockney. Photo Credit Richard Schmidt

An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, spanning six decades of creative output.


LONDON SHOW: Cirque Du Soleil
■ Royal Albert Hall, London ■ ends 1 Mar

Luzia Cirque Du Soleil performers in stage of sea with acrobats balancing above the water

Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall, bringing their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA to Europe for the first time. You’ll be transported to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Always a wow production that the whole family will love.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
■ V&A Museum, London ■ ends 8 March 2020 

Curated in collaboration with the lauded avant garde Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, this will feature some of Walker’s seminal, fantastical images from his 25-year career, featuring major celebs including Kate Moss, Sir David Attenborough, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Björk and many more. You can also see 10 new photographic series created for the show, by Walker, influenced by the museum’s exhibits.

EXHIBITION: Polesden Voices
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ ends 22 July

Find out the stories of the people who lived and worked at Polesden Lacey over the last century in this exhibtion. It’s open daily in the house from noon and from 11am on weekends. Normal admission applies.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Abba – Super Troupers
■ O2, London ■ ends 21 Aug 2020

Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (6 Dec – 21 Aug 2020).



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