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Things to do: February

FEBRUARY

Marcel Ronay’s Art: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 11 Mar

Marcel Ronay, Chiswick Urban Scene, © The Marcel Ronay Estate

Marcel Ronay was born 1910 in Budapest to a Jewish Romanian father and Catholic mother. His personal and artistic journey saw him emigrate through Hungary, Germany and Austria (during WW1) before finally settling in England in 1936 where his family set up residence. This exhibition will showcase works created in England in the 1940s and the 1950s. Marcel Ronay’s pastoral and bucolic images reflect his personal contentment in England, after meeting his wife and having a family. Visitors will be inspired by his colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes displayed. thelightbox.org.uk

 

 

Exhibition: Out of the Dolls House – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and Fashion
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Tue 6 Feb – Sat 2 Jun

From corsets to bra-burning, fashion has been closely linked to women’s equality for well over 100 years. Discover- at the Farnham Museum- how fashions have changed during the last 100 years, as the role of women in society has been radically altered since first getting the vote in February 1918. Open every day from 10:00 – 17:00. Entry free. farnhammaltings.com

 

 

 

 

The Jungle Book
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Wed 7-Sat 10 Feb

A new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book to comes to Richmond Theatre telling the tale of Mowgli the man cub who battles for survival in this heart-warming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Balloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle. Suitable for ages 6+. Tickets £16.90-£31.90. atgtickets.com

 

Imagine Children’s Festival
■ Southbank Centre, London ■ until Sun 18 Feb

12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James. southbankcentre.co.uk

 

 

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 17 Feb

In a twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation by David Edgar of the classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In a secret experiment, the upright and respectable Dr Henry Jekyll splits his personality into two, releasing the fiendish and murderous Edward Hyde. As Hyde brings about mayhem, terror and death in foggy London, can Jekyll find a way to suppress his monstrous alter-ego, before it takes him over for good? Tickets: £15- £30. Tickets for under 26’: £8. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

 

Mud & Machines
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ Sat 10 Feb – Sun 18 Feb

It’s time to get down and dirty, take off your muddy stilettos and put on your sensible wellies! Over the half term, Wisley Gardens are giving your little ones lots of opportunities throughout the week to get their hands dirty. From a great British mud pie off, to mud arts and crafts and making a seed bomb. There will be storytelling for tales of magical mud and mysterious rocks and a photo opportunity with a high visibility jacket and safety hat with some giant machinery. rhs.org.uk

 

Half Term at Hampton Court
■ Hampton Court ■ Sat 10 Feb-Sun 18 Feb

Recruitment call: young lords and ladies required to join the court of King Henry VIII’s children. Do you have what it takes to join Prince Edward and Lady Elizabeth? During half term, the palace will travel back in time to 1547, where King Henry V111’s reign is about to come to an end and the palace will once again be a place of fun and romance for his young family. Activities will include: meeting members of the court as they wait for news and share their own ideas of what happens ‘After Henry.’ There will also be a demonstration of the courtly art of dance and the opportunity to try out Tudor music, song and courtly skills. hrp.org.uk

 

Orchid Festival
■Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ 10 Feb – 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please. kew.org

 

Strangers on a Train
 New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■  Mon 12-Sat 17 Feb
Richmond Theatre ■  Mon 19-Sat 24 Feb

The strangers on this train are a good-looking bunch. Corrie’s Christopher Harper, Emmerdale’s John Middleton and Call the Midwife’s Jack Ashton are joined by Hannah Tointon (Mr Selfridge) in this production based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith made universally famous by the classic Oscar-winning Alfred Hitchcock film. Tickets are £18-£42. atgtickets.com/woking  atgtickets.com/richmond

 

Half Term at the Watts Gallery
Watts Gallery, Guildford Tue 13 Feb- Sun 18 Feb

There are plenty of fun activities at the Watts Gallery to get your kids creativity running wild. They can become a paper architect, creating a paper house, with the use of simple net templates, personalised with fabric and paper. Or swap the paper for terracotta clay to create their very own 3D cottage and use their creation as a tealight cover, and watch the light glimmering in the windows. Step into the world of a Helen Allingham painting in a multi-sensory space, filled with sounds, smells, costumes and props. There will also be a chance to be transported back in time and explore the Arts & Crafts house where George and Mary lived. wattsgallery.org.uk

 

Half Term at The Living Planet Centre
■ Tue 13 Feb & Thurs 15 Feb ■ The Living Planet Centre, Woking

At the Living Planet Centre Make a beautiful green heart themed greeting card, in support of climate change and celebrate the wildlife and the places you love and cherish (Tue 13 Feb.) Or watch a short inspirational film, then create a beautiful wishing wand with the powerful promise to make a change and protect our planet (Tue 15 Feb.) All workshops are bookable and are 45 minutes long. wwf.org.uk

 

Valentine’s Day Supper Club
The Boileroom, Guildford Wed 14 Feb

If music be the food of love play on… at the supper club inspired by love for all the lovers! Whether that be friend, family, or partner. The Boileroom and The Alternative Kitchen’s Stu Henshall welcomes you to an evening of delectable tastes and treats for a magical Valentine’s eve. The evening includes a three-course meal, a welcome cocktail and live music. The event is limited to just 24 tickets, and is £35, per person. theboileroom.net

 

The Knot
G Live, Guildford Wed 14 Feb

The Knot examines the social and personal significance of marriage in contemporary Western society. The dancers interpret the theme through a supremely physical and theatrical dance language, taking on the different roles at a wedding. The role of ritual, doubt, religion and gender will be scrutinised, as well as the romanticised ideas of Walt Disney – to challenge our perceptions of matrimony. Tickets: £18.50. Under 16’s tickets: £13. glive.co.uk

 

Drop in day: Animal Antics!
The museum of Farnham Wed 14 Feb- Thurs 15 Feb

Let the kids express their inner animals and create some amazing animal arts and crafts. There will also be storytelling, inspired by the theme of ‘Animal Antics.’ These drop-in sessions are open every day from 10.30am-12.30am and 1.30pm-3.30pm and are suitable for children aged 3- 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. farnhammaltings.com

 

Rock For Heroes
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 16 Feb

Are you ready to ROCK up your Friday? Rock for Heroes combines your favourite Rock & Pop artists across all the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes. With cover music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John and Simple Minds. Tickets: £22. camberleytheatre.biz

 

Guildford Gag House Comedy Club
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 17 Feb

If you’re up for a laugh, head to Guildford’s The Star Inn for the Guildford Gag House comedy night. The line-up includes funnymen Roger Monkhouse, MC Russell Hicks, Sam Russell and Tom Houghton. Tickets £13.50. gaghousecomedy.com

 

 

The Whiskey Affair
Haslemere Hall Sat 17 Feb

Live music, a photo booth and lots and lots of whisky! Three types of Whiskey will be on offer to try: Scotch, Bourbon and Worldwide Whiskey, where you may discover a whiskey from the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan, that you never knew existed. Not a whiskey fan? There’s no need to be a connoisseur, and why not enjoy a cocktail instead. Throughout the event there will be live entertainment, whiskey experts on hand to chat to and samples. There is both an afternoon session (1-5pm) and an evening session (7-11pm.) Tickets: £9. thewhiskeyaffair.co.uk

 

The High Octane Club Burlesque & Cabaret Valentine’s Special
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 17 Feb

Join Bebe Van Der Belt, Sally ‘Oh’ Spitfire, Lou Safire and Miss Lolo Pop at the Electric Theatre for a naughty night of burlesque, comedy, music and variety. It’s  strictly for over 18s only. Tickets £18. Dressing up is far from compulsory but there will be a prize for the best Burlesque or Vintage costume, so get planning! Advanced booking is recommended for this night of debauchery! guildfordfringe.com

 

Flashdance
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 19-Sat 24 Feb

Photo: Brian Hartley

Pass me my legwarmers, high-leg leotard, and heavy duty welding visor – finally I’m ready for my Flashdance closeup. The current Strictly champion Joanne Clifton continues her successful foray into musicals taking on the role of Alex, tomboy building site worker by day, gyrating sweaty permahaired foxtress by night. She stars with A1’s Ben Adams in this touring production that has me more excited than I dare express. atgtickets.com

 

 

Dress with Confidence
■ Catwalk, Godalming ■ Mon 19 Feb & Mon 26 Feb

Want to feel amazing and confident in what you wear? Kirstie Smillie can help you out! Kirstie learns about her client’s lifestyle then finds a wardrobe of clothes to fit-whether it’s for everyday or on a special occasion. For February, Kirstie has teamed up with the boutique Catwalk in Godalming, to look at colours, try on new ideas and especially find your jean shape. Time 10- 12.30 am, with refreshments. Booking is essential, and it is £30 per place. kirstiesmillie.com

 

 

Great Expectations
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Tue 20 Feb- Sat 24 Feb

Sophie Boyce Couzens directs Dickens timeless classic Great Expectations in a powerful and theatrical new stage adaption. Pip is given a better chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive Miss Havisham played by Olivier Award-winning actress, Nichola McAuliffe. In the decaying grandeur of her house, Pip falls in love with Estella and helped by an anonymous benefactor, he moves to the bustling city to pursue his dream of winning Estella’s heart and of becoming part of the educated elite. Tickets: From £19- £30.50. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

 

Curtains
Rose Theatre, Kingston Thurs 22 Feb Sat 17 Mar

Lindsay Posner directed Curtains, described by the Daily Mail as ‘One of the funniest plays…whilst also being one of the most profound and painful.’ The play is about Ida whose family is throwing a tea party for her eighty-sixth birthday. When her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years, Ida struggles to even recognise her. As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age. Old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open, in a hilariously painful and moving picture of family in turmoil. Tickets from: £12 – £14. Under 16 tickets: £8. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

Godalming Gag House Comedy Club
■ Cafe Mila, Godalming
■ Fri 23 Feb

HyperFocal: 0

The funny boys are coming out to play in Godalming for the Gag House Comedy Club. This month’s line-up includes Mark Maier, Phil Jerrod, Richard Todd and Jacob Hawley. Tickets are £13.50 (£24 to include dinner). gaghousecomedy.com

 

Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Duckling and Other Tales
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Sat 24 Feb

From the pen of one of the greatest children’s authors of all time come four of Hans Christian Andersen’s most well-loved stories: The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Learn how one little grey duckling went from social outcast to king of the pond, how a tiny pea helped a lonely prince find a wife, how a one-legged tin soldier embarked on an epic adventure and how an arrogant emperor ended up walking the streets with no clothes on! This production has the promise to capture the child in us all. Tickets: £9. Suitable for ages: 3-9 yrs. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

 

Beautiful The Carol King Musical
 New Victoria Theatre, Woking  Tue 27 Feb- Sat 3 Mar

BEAUTIFUL
Musical London
Aldwych Theatre

Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight. Tickets are from: £15- £62.00. atgtickets.com

 

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast
■ G Live, Woking ■ Wed 28 Feb

We all love Sarah Millican on telly, now see her in the flesh! She’s not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults! Now let’s see – Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? – Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, you’ll be welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy and funny.  Tickets: £31.50. glive.co.uk

 

Picturing People: The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 1 Apr

Tom Benedek (b.1991) Eggs Benedict (2016), Oil on canvas © The Artist

This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. The Ingram Collection is a unique private collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, collected by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram. The exhibition explores over 100 years of works that depict everyday people, mythological characters, celebrities, soldiers and footballers. Day Pass: £4.50 or Annual Pass: £7.50. Under 18s free. thelightbox.org.uk

 

Butterflies in the Glasshouse
■ RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking ■ until Sun 18 March

Great Mormon butterfly (Paplio memnon), photographed at RHS Garden Wisley during the 2016 Butterflies in the Glasshouse event

I have the fondest memories of visiting Wisley’s butterflies Glasshouse a few years ago and being surrounded by these beautiful creatures, watching them flutter their intricate and colourful wings amidst the tropical plants. The cathedral- like glasshouse has more than 50 different species which fly freely among the Tropical Zone. These vibrant and exotic beauties showcase their magnificent designs in an Eden of plants including palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Admission is available on the day or book a time slot in advance to skip queues. Free with normal garden admission. rhs.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Kingston characters
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 3 Mar

Displayed at the Rose Theatre, Local artist Ruth Blackford has created a quirky and unique collection of stitched textile portraits of Kingston-upon-Thames’ local characters. Using an explosion of colour, pattern and texture, she has created portraits of traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence. She captures not only a likeness, but the very essence of their characters. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

AND FURTHER AFIELD…

Hogwarts in the Snow
■ Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Watford ■  until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it. wbstudiotour.co.uk

 

Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work. npg.org.uk

 

National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018


Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions. nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

Modigliani
■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne. tate.org.uk

 

Julius Caesar: First Encounters 
■ RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon■ Fri 2 Feb-Sat 3 Feb

yellow red Julius Cesar animation for royal Shakespeare company children's production

Great idea this. A new version of Julius Caesar for 8 -13 year olds. Part of the RSC’s First Encounters with Shakespeare series, these engaging adaptations are 90 minutes long, use Shakespeare’s original language and ask audiences to participate in the story. Beats Lett’s Notes any day (come on admit it, you used them too!). rsc.org.uk

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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