Things to do: This week

Mon 12 - Sun 18 June

Camberley International Festival

■ Camberley Town Centre venues ■ until Sat 17 June

Ten days and nights of music, comedy, dance, film and food take place across Camberley town centre from, kicking off with a free launch event – ‘Z Cars’ Party – on Wed 7 June at Camberley Theatre. The party is co-hosted by Ian Cullen, who played DC Joe Skinner in the iconic BBC series from 1969-75. ‘Pieces’, an episode from 1973, will be shown in the main auditorium and followed by a Q&A session with Ian and other ‘Z Cars’ cast and crew including Bernard Holley, Tara Ward, Margot Hayhoe, and Ann Davies. camberley-international-festival.com

 

Graeme of Thrones
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Tues 13 June

Avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skills required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break – as long as nothing goes wrong. Part of Camberley International Festival. camberleytheatre.biz

 

Russell Brand: Re:Birth
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 13 June

“What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?” These are the questions taht hell-raiser and dad Russell Brand will be addressing in his latest show. If you miss the show in June, Russell returns to G Live on WEd 26 July. glive.co.uk

 

Rooftop Film Festival
■ Main Square multistorey car park, Camberley ■ Wed 14 – Fri 16 June

Three films will be shown over three nights: Pretty Woman on Wednesday; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on Thursday and Hot Fuzz on Friday. The films will screen from 9.15pm, entry is from 8.45. Deckchairs are provided. This is part of the Camberley International Festival. camberley-international-festival.com

 

Will Young’s Summer Jazz Sessions
■ Hampton Court Palace Festival ■ Wed 14 June

Following on from the release of Summer Covers, an eclectic mix of fan-favourite jazz covers, Will Young returns to the stage with his incredibly talented band for a rare performance. This is his only full live show in London this summer, in the stunning Tudor courtyard of Hampton Court Palace. Alongside some classic jazz standards, he will also perform new adaptations of his much-loved songs. Expect an abundance of funny stories and charming commentary throughout! hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

 

Jane Eyre
■ Richmond Theatre Mon 12 – Sat 17 Jun

Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece is brought to the stage in a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, and the tour continues to Richmond. It’s going to be a corker. The touring production was given five stars by The Observeratgtickets.com

 

Deep Blue Sea
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 15 – Sat 17 June

Set in the immediate post war years, The Deep Blue Sea is a place where hope and optimism fight for air. Can a crisis be avoided? Terence Rattigan’s play stands out as one of the finest naturalistic plays of its generation. It’s bought to Yvonne Arnaud by TTA, a production company with a passion for bringing modern plays to a local audience. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

 

Van Morrison
■ Hampton Court Palace Festival ■ Thurs 15 June

Considered one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time, and with an incredible string of accolades, he was knighted for his outstanding musical achievements in 2016, is a winner of six Grammy Awards, a BRIT Award, and has been inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Expect to hear classic hits such as ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, ‘Bright Side of The Road’, ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ and many more. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

 

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
■ Hampton Court Palace Festival ■ Fri 16 June

The king of boogie woogie will perform an energy-fuelled show with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, raising the roof of the magnificent Palace once again. He will also be joined by the amazing Gilson Lavis on drums with special guest Chris Difford and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Beth Rowley and Louise Marshall. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

 

Ayesha Hazarika
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 16 June

Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. Since leaving front-line politics she’s become a commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia. Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. And this show lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour. farnhammaltings.com

 

Africa Entsha
■  Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 16 June

Africa Entsha performances are from the South African oral tradition, sung accapella in gospel style. At the very heart of their shows are zulu songs, full of rhythm, style and spirit from the very moment of their unique all singing, all dancing performances. Africa Entsha are completely captivating, by the end of the show, the audiences are left breathless, and often deeply moved. cranleighartscentre.org

 

Ignition Dance Festival
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Fri 16 – Sat 17 June

Now in its fourth year, Ignition demonstrates the extraordinary breadth, depth and diversity of choreographers working in the UK today. The line up for the Choreographers’ Platform on Friday includes Kathak, Contemporary, Neo-classical and Dance-Theatre. On Saturday, it’s the turn of the community to celebrate dance at Ignition’s Community Showcase. This year, the festival has commissioned new work to open and close the Community Showcase which will feature an array of local dance companies of all ages, together with young, emerging talent. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

City Life Exhibition

■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ until 17 June

Reykjavik Iceland, Clare Caulfield

City living can be an eye-opening experience: expensive and noisy with busy streets and overcrowded Tube rides, and yet it’s also vibrant, surprising and energetic. This exhibition explores those themes and others. Work is by Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Chatterton, Janet Curley Cannon, John Duffin, Raewyn Harrison, Colin Moore, Nick Tankard, Chris Wood, and more. newashgate.org.uk

 

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