Things to do: June


Don’t Dress for Dinner
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 19 – Sat 24 June

Written by Marc Camoletti, this superb comedy of confusion stars the Olivier Award-winning Sara Crowe (EastEnders, Four Weddings and a Funeral) with the brilliant farceurs Damian Williams (Birds of a Feather, Being Tommy Cooper) and Ben Roddy (Absolutely Fabulous -The Movie, Boeing Boeing). Bernard has invited Suzy, his gorgeous Parisian mistress, to his home for the weekend as his wife is away; he’s also invited his best friend Robert along as an alibi. What could possibly go wrong?


Corrine Bailey Rae
■ Hampton Court Palace Festival ■ Tues 20 June

Renowned for her stunning R&B performance, and winner of two Grammys and nominated for multiple BRIT, Mercury and MOBO Awards, Corrine Bailey Rae has sold over 5 million albums in her career.  Described as the ‘Bewitching Queen of British Soul’ she returned with her third album in 2016 ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’, to critical acclaim worldwide.


G F Watts: England’s Michelangelo
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ 20 June – 26 Nov

A showcase featuring a number of the artist’s most important works from museum and private collections brought together for the first time. This exhibition will draw attention to the wide range of topics Watts treated, from Symbolism, social realism and spirituality to portraiture, philanthropy and pictorial allegory. Highlights will include one of the nation’s top 10 favourite paintings – the iconic Choosing (1864), which portrays Watts’s charismatic teenage muse, and first wife, Ellen Terry.

Bryan Ferry
■ Hampton Court Palace Festival ■ Wed 21 June

One of the most iconic and innovative singers and lyricists in popular music, with an original vocal brilliance of breath-taking elegance. Guests will be treated to classic hits from the Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music back catalogue.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 20 – Wed 21 June

Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt comes straight from the West Endin this fun adaptation. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises as the intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog head off on their quest to find a bear. It’s aimed at kids from 3 years and up.


NT Live: Salome
■ various venues ■ Thurs 22 June

This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the Olivier stage. It screen live to various cinemas on 22 June.


Rick Astley
■ Hampton Court Palace Festival ■ Thurs 22 June

Ole Rick the ole crooner came back with a bang in 2016! Not only did he release his latest Number 1 album ‘50’ which has sold 150,000 copies becoming the 8th best-selling album in the UK this year, but he also sold out all 21 dates of his 2017 UK tour, propelling him back in the limelight. With over 40 million records sold, Astley remains one of the most successful solo artists in the UK, and was the first male solo artist to see his first 8 singles reach the UK Top Ten.


The Scarecrows’ Wedding
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Fri 23 – Sun 25 Jun

This heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s new bestselling book is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style, promising wit, drama, and wedding bells! What more can you ask for?


Strawberry Fair
■ Priory Farm, South Nutfield ■ Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

Strawberry lovers ahoy! There’s festival where these little juicy berries take centre stage. Artisan producers flock to Priory Farm for this two day event to offer regional and local food and drink, including gourmet sauces and preserves, traditional breads, speciality cheeses and other fine foods. The fair also dishes up family fun including tractor rides and nature trails on the Discovery Walk for the children, while parents sit back and enjoy a glass of cool beer with a hot dog made with the farm’s own handmade sausages, or perhaps indulge in the British tradition of a strawberries and cream.

Yolanda Brown: Love Politics War
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat June 24

Double MOBO award-winning Yolanda Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, soul and reggae. She has toured with The Temptations, Diana Krall, Courtney Pine and Billy Ocean and collaborated with artists such as Mica Paris, Matt Cardle, Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian and as part of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. She willwill perform songs from her New Album to be released in 2017, Love Politics War a delicious fusion of reggae and jazz melodies… sunshine music.


Music in the Follies
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 27 – Fri 30 June

Painshill has planned four evenings of music in the follies. On Tues it’s Yehudi Menuhin School in the Grotto; Wed is the Surrey Cantanta Choir; Thurs is Jazz Trio by Jon Majin; and on Fri it’s Jazz Quartet by Al Nicholls. A glass of Painshill sparkling wine is included in £22 ticket price for each event.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mind Over Matter
■ G Live, Guildford ■  Tues 27 June

From light-hearted to strikingly poignant, Mind Over Matter covers Sir Ranulph’s childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition, to his current Global Reach Challenge, which includes the record breaking and immensely challenging projects – which saw Sir Ranulph receive the Guinness Book of Records accolade as Greatest Living Explorer – while suffering frostbite and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.


Dom Pipkin: The Sweet Sounds of New Orleans
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 30 June

One of Europe’s most authentic and spirited blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin brings his acclaimed one man show on the road with a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breath-taking piano. Pipkin has performed extensively in New Orleans, and shared stages with international icons Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. His work has ranged from teaching Jonathan Ross the piano, to privately entertaining the film director Stanley Kubrick, and performing to the opening committee of the 2012 London Olympics.


Ruth Rendall: A Judgement In Stone
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 26 June – Sat 1 Jul

Settle in, pass the Maltesers, there’s been a murrr-da. If you like your theatre with a bucketload of murder, mystery and suspense then you’ll love Ruth Rendall’s A Judgement in Stone. The plot goes like this: Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the reason for her awkwardness leads to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood – on Valentine’s Day! Randall’s story unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as the murder itself. This production has an interesting cast including Corrie’s Andrew Lancel, Hertbeat’s Sophie Ward and movie star Shirley Ann Field with the surprising addition of Antony Costa. Yes, him, from the boy band Blue.


Olive Edis: War Photographer
■ Farnham Maltings ■ until 26 Aug

Image © Imperial War Museums

Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century, and Britain’s first female war photographer. The Road to Ypres explores the unique collection of photographs taken by Edis during her month-long tour of war-torn Europe in March 1919.


Emma Bridgewater: Pomegranates
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 31 Aug

Entrepreneur, ceramics designer and author Emma Bridgewater has produced new work inspired by the pomegranate, a symbolic fruit associated with healing and the afterlife and which features in Mary Watts’s designs for the Aldershot Panels and Watts Chapel. Her new work will be on display in the Mary Watts Gallery; admission is included with a day ticket. Ceramics and other merchandise by Emma Bridgewater will be available for purchase in the shop at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village.


Monumental Murals
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 5 Nov

GF Watts (1817-1904), Study for ‘Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes’, c1846. Watercolour. Watts Gallery Trust

 This is first exhibition to explore and showcase Watts’s mural projects, including the first public display of Apollo and Diana (1855). The show will bring together, for the first time, two rare fragments painted by Watts in the 1850s for grand private homes.

A Life in Art: G F Watts 1817-1904
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 5 Nov

GF Watts (1817-1904), Self-Portrait Study known as Fear’, c1835-36. Charcoal. Watts Gallery Trust

 This exhibition will give you an introduction to G F Watts, taking you on a chronological journey through his life and showing some of his finest drawings.




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