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Things to do: March



KIDS’ THEATRE: Shrek The Musical
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 23 – Sat 30 March

After the success of Shrek on screen I can only imagine what Shrek must be like in real life… Pretty big and green I suspect. Join Shrek and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production intertwines magical fairy-tale and irresistible adventure for endless romance and laughs. Tickets: £17.50 – £58.00.

THEATRE: Hair – The Musical
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Thurs 21 – Sat 30 March

Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, this exuberant 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical Hair bursts in full psychedelic glory, direct from a sell-out London run.


KIDS’ THEATRE: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom – Live on Stage
■ Dorking Halls ■ Mon 25 & Tues 26 March

I’m out of that hell but if you’re having to choose your theatre based based on kids’ TV shows, you could do a lot worse than Ben and Holly! The makers of Peppa Pig bring this musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter.

MUSIC: KT Tunstall
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 26 March

Brit Award winning KT Tunstall will perform songs from her most recent album KIN, plus a host of favourites from her back catalogue.

THEATRE: Calendar Girls
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 26 – Sat 30 March

It’s kits off in Woking this week as the West End smash, Calendar Girls, visits the New Victoria Theatre. With a score from someone called Gary Barlow (hmmm, that name sounds a bit familiar) and Tim Firth, and starring Fern Britton, Anna-Jane Casey, Sara Crowe, Karen Dunbar, Ruth Madoc, Rebecca Storm and Denise Welch, it’s a wonderful mix of uplifting comedy, musical fun and a dose of daytime television all in one show.

THEATRE: Wise Children
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 26 – Sat 30 March

Twin chorus girls Nora and Dora Chance celebrate their 75th birthday; their father Melchior Hazard is 100 on the same day. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand – in this adaptation of Angela Carter’s last great novel.

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.

COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thurs 28 March

Nish Kumar tends to sell out early but hurrah there are still tickets left for this show. The comic is no stranger to TV having been seen on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Joel & Nish Vs The World and more. Now you can see him on your doorstep somehow drawing laughs out of the theme of mankind’s propensity for self-destruction (the title is taken from Terminator).

EVENT: Spring Wellness Day – children and families
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 30 March

Celebrating all things holistic and natural, this wellness event s the perfect place to find out about how to enjoy a holistic way of life. There will be stall holders with organic products, a range of holistic practitioners offering taster sessions as well as talks and workshops. It’s from 10am-4pm.

EXHIBITIONS: Raymond Booth – 1929 – 2015 – Detailing Nature
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ now until Fri 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.


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+.

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 at the Oxford Playhouse, 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+.



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

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club in Godalming. The line up  this month includes comedians Craig Murray, Sam Russell, Louis Burgess and Rahul Kohli. Show starts at 8pm.

WORKSHOP: Pop-up Conservation Studio
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ from Fri 1 March

Visit our pop-up conservation studio to discover what goes on behind the scenes in the house at Polesden Lacey and to find out how staff and volunteers care for valuable pieces at the house, from silver to priceless books and works of art. Normal admission applies.

KIDS’ THEATRE: The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 2 March

No wooden performances here. 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. Expect comedy, singing and audience participation. Performances at 1pm and 5pm. 

POP-UP DINING: Pop-up Pizza!
■ Albury Wine Estate, Albury ■ Sat 2 Mar

The Wood Fired Larder is be popping up at the vineyard with their bespoke teardrop caravan, to cook a delicious selection of pizzas – perfect to feast on whilst enjoying a glass or two of Albury fizz! A local Rock Choir will also stop by around 1pm to sing some tunes. It’s on from 11am-4pm, entry is free.

THEATRE: Abigail’s Party
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ until 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 ■ until 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 ■ until 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.

FESTIVAL: Refreshers – A Festival of Retirement
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Mon 4 March

Admittedly and event that’s not for everyone, but if you’re approaching retirement, or already there, and looking for some fun – it’s worth a peep. It’s based on a typical university Freshers’ Fair, with a range of clubs, societies, organisations and companies, each with different opportunities. Aimed at people aged 50 and over.

DANCE: Rambert2
■ G Live, Guildford  ■ Tues 5 & Wed 6 March

Photograph by Foteini Christofilopoulou

Rambert2 is a new group of the world’s best young dancers, coming together to showcase just how intense, exhilarating and fierce contemporary dance can be. They’ll be performing two works: E2 7SD by Rafael Bonachela and Killer Pig by Sharon Eyal.

FESTIVAL: Cranleigh Literary Festival
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tues 5 – Sat 9 March

The week-long festival kicks off with a launch and spoken word night on Tues 5 March, featuring poetry readings from the 1000 Monkeys and Cranleigh Writer’s Group and an open mic for readers from the audience. There’s also theatre, workshops and talks throughout the week.

BOOKS: Pop-up Bookstore 
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tues 5 – Sat 9 March

Author Daisy White’s pop-up book store is open from 10am-2pm each day. Books are sourced from independent publishers, authors, artists and makers creating a vision of literary lusciousness. On Sat  9 March, join Daisy for a talk to discover how to get your work published, or how to put together a winning submission package.

KIDS’ THEATRE: The Cat in the Hat
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 7 – Sat 9 March

Dr Seuss’ much-loved book The Cat in the Hat gets a live action remake at the Oxford Playhouse, 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+. It comes to the Rose Theatre Kingston in April.

EVENT: Fabulous Fizz Friday – International Women’s Day All-Weather Racing 
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Fri 8 March

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Europe’s busiest raceourse – Lingfield races – with your best girlfriends and bubbles. Tickets to Fab Fizz Friday are £20 and for that you also get a complimentary ticket to Ladies’ Day on May 3.

TALKS: Women in Business Network event 
■ Runnymede on Thames, Egham ■ Fri 8 March

Celebrate International Women’s Day at this women in business event called How to take your business to the next level. You’ll hear the success stories of five leading women in business during a panel discussion, then afterwards mingle with like-minded business owners. The speakers include Abi Wright, founder of; Grace and Sophie Tyrrell who run vegan food biz Squirrel Sisters; nutritionist and author Jane Michell; and interior designer and property developer Ali Beavan. Tickets are £26.17.

THEATRE: Barbara Stozzi – Her Father’s Voice
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ Fri 8 March

Celebrate International Women’s Day by taking part in an immersive theatre experience at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village that explores the life of 17th-century composer Barbara Strozzi. This amazingly talented woman was among the most prolific composers of her time and this show will look at what life was like for an independent female musician living in a city alive with art, in a time when women were commonly confined to lives of prayer or servitude.

TALKS: Jeremy Vine – What the Hell is Going on
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 8 March

The BBC stalwart – he’s been with the Beeb for 30 years – tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all – where, as he puts it, “my listeners have better stories than I do.” There will be a book signing after the event.

MUSIC: Seth Lakeman
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 9 March

The West Country’s certainly produced a few musical hotties. Chris Martin for starters, Ben Howard and Seth Lakeman (pictured) – the poster boy of folk. Seth was shortlisted for the Mercury music prize back in 2011, scooped up by a major label, there were festivals a go-go and an invitation to meet Colonel Gaddafi (bit awkward). Basically, he’s single-handedly made folk cool. He’ll be performing songs from his 9th studio album The Well Worn

FAMILY EVENT: Tiny Dancers Family Rave
■ Rubix (Student Union), University of Surrey, Guildford ■ Sat 9 March

This is the first Tiny Dancers rave in Guildford, and also their biggest ever. Resident DJ will play a House, Breaks and Drum n Bass DJ set. There will also be face painting, a craft table, bubbles, balloons, inflatables, glow sticks and even a soft play area and bouncy castle to keep both the children and adults entertained for the whole afternoon.

THEATRE: Stones in his Pockets
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until 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.

MUSIC: Flo and Joan
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 9 March

Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show, The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs. According to The Telegraph you’ll be ‘howling with laughter one minute and wiping away a tear the next’.

THEATRE: Rough Crossing
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guidlford ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 March

If you’ve been hibernating on the sofa, binge watching boxsets since the 1 Jan, drag your bottom off and get stuck into some cultcha. Rough Crossing, written by Tom Stoppard (yes, the fella who wrote Shakespeare in Love) and directed by Rachel Kavanagh (Wind In the Willows) comes to Guildford with EastEnders hottie John Partridge taking the lead role.

THEATRE: The Lady Vanishes
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 March

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 lippy and pour yourself a martini, it’s that kinda show.

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.

THEATRE: Salon du Chocolat
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 13 March

This intimate storytelling salon celebrates the relationship between cocoa nibs and forbidden literature. It’s performed, read and sung to you by the highly acclaimed storytellers from Scary Little Girls.

MUSIC: Mike and the Mechanics
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 March

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.

COMEDY: The Noise Next Door – Remix
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 15 March
Brilliant improvisers The Noise Next Door are back doing a brand new full-length adult show. Taking audience suggestions, the cheeky quartet, transform them into funny scenes and songs with a blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Fri 15 – Sun 17 March

The event returns to Sandown after last year’s first ever super successful show bringing more than 160 exhibitors, including artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and independent galleries from all over the UK and Europe. This really is the perfect place to browse freely, chat to artists and pick up some affordable art – which is priced at between £40 and £4,000.

FAIR: Vintage Fashion Fair
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 16 March

Browse and buy from the many stalls of beautiful vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles including a selection of designer labels. All authentically vintage and dating from 1900s to 1980s. It’s from 10am-2pm, entry £2.

BALL: Help for Heroes Charity Ball
■ Farnham Castle ■ Sat 16 March

Champagne and canapés followed by a three course meal, charity auction and dancing – to raise money for Help for Heroes.  Tickets are £75 from Farnham Castle. The theme is black tie/elegance but feel free wear whacky specs!  Get tickets from Farnham Castle, tel 01252 720 402.

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

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club. The February line up includes funny people Josh Howie (pictured), Tom Toal, Jay Handley and Joe Hobbs.

KIDS’ THEATE: The Jungle Book
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 16 March

Jellyfish Theatre brings their stage adaptation of The Jungle Book to Guildford. It’s a great show for the little ones and follows the story of Mowgi, the abandoned man-cub who grows up in the jungle with the wolf pack. Expect lots of fun and laughter. Shows are at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

THEATRE: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 18 – Sat 23 March

Dirty Dancing is back, so if you missed it when it toured last year now’s your chance to catch it. Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and super sexy dancing, the love story of Baby and Johnny features loads of hit songs. 

THEATRE: A Song at Twilight
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 19 – Sat 23 March

If you missed it at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre earlier in the month, catch this production in Kingston. 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.

■ Belgravia Art Gallery, Fortune House, Cranleigh ■ Thur 21 March

Belgravia Art Gallery is celebrating the arrival of spring with a new exhibition called Spring. There’s lots of new work by gallery artists Sir Peter Blake, Jan Coutts, Dion Salvador Lloyd, John Illsley and others, plus paintings by new gallery artists Jan Erika Designs, Sophie Louise White, Charley Aiken and Rory Browne. If you can’t make it to the opening, contact the gallery and make an appointment to view when it suits. Call 020 7495

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.

COMEDY: Lost Voice Guy – I’m Only in it for the Parking
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 22 March

Photo by Steve Ullathorne

The Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley may not be able to talk, but he’s definitely got something to say. The first stand up comedian to use a communication aid he’s been proclaimed ‘Laugh out loud funny’ by The Independent.

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.

THEATRE: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 23 March

Photo by Geraint Lewis

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest, this one come straight from the West End. A brand new show is created from scratch at each performance as the audiences suggestions are transformed into and all-singing, all-dancing production. Sounds like it could be utterly brilliant – if it doesn’t all go horribly wrong!

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2 comments on “Things to do: March”

  • Christine Hogh March 2, 2019

    How about mentioning Kingston Choral Society’s concert on March 30th. We will be performing Handel’s Messiah in Kingston Parish Church with an exciting line up of young talented soloists and conducted by Andrew Griffiths, a founder member of the acclaimed early music group, Stile Antico.

    • amberevans March 4, 2019

      Thanks for the tip Christine.


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