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Things to do: this week

MON 6 - SUN 12 JAN

THEATRE LIVE: Kenneth Branagh: The Winter’s Tale
■ Dorking Halls ■ Mon 6 Jan

Kenneth Brannagh Theatre Company’s live production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ is back. by popular demand. With an impressive cast (Dame Judi Dench anyone?) and an inventively beautiful re-imagining of the tragic tale, this show’s last live cinema run is not one to miss.

THEATRE: British Theatre Academy – Aladdin Jr
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 6 – Sun 11 Jan

The famous tale gets a reboot from the British Theatre Academy. What would your three wishes from the magic lamp be?

TALK: Sandi Toksvig Live!
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Wed 8 Jan

Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz as Sandi embarks on her new one-woman comedy show.

MUSIC: Boogie Wonderland
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Thu 9 Jan

A live 8 piece band of West End musicians present all your favourite disco hits. Grab your girlfriends and your jazziest outfit and get ready to be Dancing On The Ceiling!

EXHIBITION: Polesden Voices
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ opens Thurs 9 Jan – 22 July

Find out the stories of the people who lived and worked at Polesden Lacey over the last century in this exhibtion. It’s open daily in the house from noon and from 11am on weekends. Normal admission applies.

OUTDOORS: Winter Walk and Talk
■ RHS Gardens Wisley, Woking ■ Fri 10 Jan

Not everything in the garden is sleeping in winter! Join RHS Garden Wisley’s curatorial team and learn about the plants that put on a show at this time of year.

DANCE: Dance To The Music
■ The Capitol, Horsham ■  Sat 11 Jan

Choreographed and starring ex Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff, this feel good show will portray the evolution of dance through musical eras and genres from the roaring 20s with the Charleston and tap dances to modern day ballroom and latin.

■ Chobham Adventure Farm, Chobham ■ mid January

The animals are back after their Christmas holiday visiting family (!). Now they want your company to keep them entertained through these cold and lonely months!

EXHIBITION: The Show Goes On – A Theatre of Portraits by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ opens Sat 11 Jan – 23 Feb

Simon Davis, Supercollider, oil on board

Cabaret and showmen, actors, comedians, musicians, dancers and playwrights will all appear in this series of paintings by current members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Expect to see portraits and studies of faces including Sammy Davis Junior, David Morrissey, Tilda Swinton and Celia Imrie.

FAIR: Quilters Fair
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sun 12 Jan

This annual quilting fabric sale and exhibition is now in its 23nd year. Expect to find plenty of bargains at more than 40 fabric stalls. There will be an exhibition of quilting creations on display from local quilting groups, who will also be on hand to share their expertise. It starts at 10am.

MUSIC: You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sun 12 Jan

Straight from the stages of London’s West End, this is set to be the perfect night of Bee Gees classics including Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin’ Alive. All the bangers!

COMEDY: I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue  SOLD OUT
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Sun 12 Jan

BBC Radio’s antidote to panel games show returns to the stage with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony Hawks, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman and host Jack Dee.

EXHIBITION: Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 12 Jan 2020

This exhibition brings together the significant works of Scottish Colourists S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, G.L. Hunter and F.C.B. Cadell. The works include paintings and drawings which represent all of the favoured subjects of the artists such as still-life, interior scenes, landscapes and portraiture.

EXHIBITION: William Orpen: Method and Mastery
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends 23 Feb 2020

William Orpen RA (1878-1931), Le Chef de l’Hotel

 Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, the Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen KBE RA (1878 – 1931) is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. Featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings, this exhibition provides new insights into Orpen’s evolving and innovative artistic process.

EXHIBITION: William Blake
■ Tate Britain, London ■ ends 2 Feb 2020 

Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale.

EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
■ V&A Museum, London ■ ends 8 March 2020 

Curated in collaboration with the lauded avant garde Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, this will feature some of Walker’s seminal, fantastical images from his 25-year career, featuring major celebs including Kate Moss, Sir David Attenborough, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Björk and many more. You can also see 10 new photographic series created for the show, by Walker, influenced by the museum’s exhibits.


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