Things to do: This week

Mon 19 - Sun 25 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? yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

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. wattsgallery.org.uk

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. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

 

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. glive.co.uk

 

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. ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

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. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

 

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? rosetheatrekingston.org

 

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. prioryfarm.co.uk

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. farnhammaltings.com

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