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Things to do: April

Junkyard – Rose Theatre, Kingston – until 30 April

A coming-of-age musical from Jack Thorne (who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, and Evening Standard Award-winning director Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall). This story, set in 1979 is inspired by the true story about a playground in Bristol. It’s about a group of teenage mistifts who discover friendship and the importance of standing up for what matters. Strong language is used so it’s suggested for ages 14+. Tickets are £11-£31.

Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090.


Funny Girl – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Mon 24 April to Sat 29 April

 Barbra Streisand made her name in this musical 50 years ago, and more recently audiences in the West End were wowed by Sheridan Smith, who’s fast approaching acting royalty. West End leading lady Natasha Barnes steps into the role of as Fanny Brice for this part of the tour, alongside Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein. This iconic musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star. Should be brilliant. Tickets are £15-£44.50.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645.


The Art of Sidney Sime: Artist and Philosopher – The Lightbox, Woking – until 28 May

Old King Cole, circa 1903, Pen and Ink; Illustrative, circa, 1920, Oil; and Miss Vesta Tilly, circa 1896, Pen, and watercolour. All images © The Estate of Sidney Sime

This is biggest ever exhibition of the artist’s work and includes many recently restored paintings and illustrations from the collection based in Worplesdon. It will explore the life of one of the greatest imaginative artists since Blake, renowned for his book and magazine illustrations, paintings and drawings. His art was shaped by his journey from the coal pits of Lancashire to the world of aristocracy and the fashionable artistes of London clubs, theatres and music halls. Sime’s fascination with imaginary beasts, hell and the afterlife is in sharp contrast to his Scottish landscapes and later quiet life in Worplesdon, drawing caricatures in the local inn.

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800.


Our Man in Havana – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Tues 25 April to Sat 29 April

Adapted for the stage by Clive Francis, this uproarious farce is filleted to perfection from Graham Greene’s hilarious, subversive and ever popular novel. Set in Cuba in 1958, it’s the story of  Jim Wormold, a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman who gets sucked into a dirty world of espionage and double agents when the chance of helping out MI6 with a job or two proves too good an offer to resist. Recommended for ages 12+. Tickets £19-£30.50.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00.


Mr Bloom’s Nursery – G Live, Guildford – Tues 25 April

CBeebies’ Mr Bloom and the Veggies embark on their first ever live tour, with Mr Bloom joined by his gardening friends Margaret, Joan, Colin, Raymond and Sebastian, the lovable Wee MacGregors, and Mr Bloom’s trusty machine ‘The Compostarium’. Yes, you’ll be reaching for your whisky hipflask by half-time but your tiddlers will absolutely love it. Tickets are £17.50, show starts 1pm.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350.


Farnham Beerex 2017 – Farnham Maltings – Thurs 27 to Sat 29 April

Tickets for this beer festival went on sale a while back, and sold out at lightening speed, but I have it on good authority that there are some still available for the Thursday evening, so if you want a bit of the beer-soaked action you’ll need be quick. Admission is £10 including a souvenir programme and beer glass.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444.


Vienna Festival Ballet present Cinderella – Camberley Theatre – Thurs 27 April

Vienna Festival Ballet brings the classic tale of Cinderella to Camberley Theatre. The production of Cinderella is based on the traditional story, and combines pure classical dancing and a touch of pantomime. The music contains a collection of Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements and has been especially arranged for Vienna Festival Ballet. Tickets: £21.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.


Spring Craft and Design Fair – RHS Garden Wisley, Woking – Thur 27 April to Mon 1 May

The finest craftspeople in the UK gather for this fair according to the promo material. And with more than 170 stalls of contemporary and traditional crafts throughout the garden, you’ll find a wide variety of crafts including jewellery, wood craft, glass, pottery and ceramics, clothes and art. In the Glasshouse is the Festival of Silver, a collection of some of the finest contemporary British silversmithing created by established and up-and-coming UK silversmiths.

Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000.


Gag House Comedy – Cafe Mila, Godalming – Fri 28 April

The Godalming Gag House is now a regular club on the last Friday of each month. This month the line up includes rising star Tom Toal (above), Michael Fabbri, who brings his dark and honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects, and Charlie Baker, whose instant likeability and charming delivery style has earned him a reputation as ‘a superior take on the modern showman’. Tickets are £13.50.

Cafe Mila, Angel Court, High Street, Godalming GU7 1DT. Tel: 0333 666 3366.


The Great Weybridge Cake Off and Artisan Market – Monument Green, Weybridge – Sat 29 April

If you fancy yourself a baker get your cakey delights to Weybridge between 9am-10.20am on Saturday for the Great Weybridge Cake Off. It costs £2 to enter per category with prizes for the best Celebration Cake, Family Cake, and Half-a-Dozen Small Bakes. TV celeb Ruth Langsford is on the judging panel, and will present the winners with their awards at 12.30pm. But if your cookies crumble, don’t despair – the Artisan Market has more than 25 brilliant stalls offering a selection of local goodies from infused olive oil and fruit vinegars to cheese, vegan desserts, cakes and bread, and gin.

Weybridge Market, Monument Green, Weybridge. 


Auto Italia: Italian Car Day – Brooklands Museum, Weybridge – Sat 29 April

One of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian. This will be Auto Italia’s 32nd Spring Gathering – the UK’s first and finest all-Italian car event. Expect the site to be bursting with all types of Italian cars (and a few motorbikes). It’s on from 9am-5pm.

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Tel: 01932 857381.


Danny Link, ‘We Find A Way’: Exhibition – Rose Theatre, Kingston – until Thur 1 June

There’s more to the Rose Theatre than theatre, so it’s worth making time to take in the exhibitions that are also held here. Opening on Friday is an exhibition by photographer Danny Link. Danny’s fascination with the human condition, has drawn him to his creative style of urban street and sport photography. His images often tell a story by combining light, dark and composition that capture a certain moment or emotion.  His unique style and creative talent is starting to build a reputation in the world of photography.  This is the first public sale of his work.

Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090.

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