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MON 19 - SUN 25 FEB

Strangers on a Train
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■  Mon 19-Sat 24 Feb

The strangers on this train are a good-looking bunch. Corrie’s Christopher Harper, Emmerdale’s John Middleton and Call the Midwife’s Jack Ashton are joined by Hannah Tointon (Mr Selfridge) in this production based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith made universally famous by the classic Oscar-winning Alfred Hitchcock film. Tickets are £18-£42.


■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 19-Sat 24 Feb

Photo: Brian Hartley

Pass me my legwarmers, high-leg leotard, and heavy duty welding visor – finally I’m ready for my Flashdance closeup. The current Strictly champion Joanne Clifton continues her successful foray into musicals taking on the role of Alex, tomboy building site worker by day, gyrating sweaty permahaired foxtress by night. She stars with A1’s Ben Adams in this touring production that has me more excited than I dare express.


Dress with Confidence
■ Catwalk, Godalming ■ Mon 19 Feb & Mon 26 Feb

Want to feel amazing and confident in what you wear? Kirstie Smillie can help you out! Kirstie learns about her client’s lifestyle then finds a wardrobe of clothes to fit-whether it’s for everyday or on a special occasion. For February, Kirstie has teamed up with the boutique Catwalk in Godalming, to look at colours, try on new ideas and especially find your jean shape. Time 10- 12.30 am, with refreshments. Booking is essential, and it is £30 per place.


Great Expectations
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Tue 20 Feb- Sat 24 Feb

Sophie Boyce Couzens directs Dickens timeless classic Great Expectations in a powerful and theatrical new stage adaption. Pip is given a better chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive Miss Havisham played by Olivier Award-winning actress, Nichola McAuliffe. In the decaying grandeur of her house, Pip falls in love with Estella and helped by an anonymous benefactor, he moves to the bustling city to pursue his dream of winning Estella’s heart and of becoming part of the educated elite. Tickets: From £19- £30.50.


 Rose Theatre, Kingston  Thurs 22 Feb  Sat 17 Mar

Lindsay Posner directed Curtains, described by the Daily Mail as ‘One of the funniest plays…whilst also being one of the most profound and painful.’ The play is about Ida whose family is throwing a tea party for her eighty-sixth birthday. When her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years, Ida struggles to even recognise her. As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age. Old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open, in a hilariously painful and moving picture of family in turmoil. Tickets from: £12 – £14. Under 16 tickets: £8.


Godalming Gag House Comedy Club
■ Cafe Mila, Godalming
 ■ Fri 23 Feb

The funny boys are coming out to play in Godalming for the Gag House Comedy Club. This month’s line-up includes Mark Maier, Phil Jerrod, Richard Todd and Jacob Hawley. Tickets are £13.50 (£24 to include dinner).


Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Duckling and Other Tales
 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  Sat 24 Feb

From the pen of one of the greatest children’s authors of all time come four of Hans Christian Andersen’s most well-loved stories: The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Learn how one little grey duckling went from social outcast to king of the pond, how a tiny pea helped a lonely prince find a wife, how a one-legged tin soldier embarked on an epic adventure and how an arrogant emperor ended up walking the streets with no clothes on! This production has the promise to capture the child in us all. Tickets: £9. Suitable for ages: 3-9 yrs.



Picturing People: The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 1 Apr

Tom Benedek (b.1991) Eggs Benedict (2016), Oil on canvas © The Artist

This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. The Ingram Collection is a unique private collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, collected by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram. The exhibition explores over 100 years of works that depict everyday people, mythological characters, celebrities, soldiers and footballers. Day Pass: £4.50 or Annual Pass: £7.50. Under 18s free.


Butterflies in the Glasshouse
■ RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking ■ until Sun 18 March

Great Mormon butterfly (Paplio memnon), photographed at RHS Garden Wisley during the 2016 Butterflies in the Glasshouse event

I have the fondest memories of visiting Wisley’s butterflies Glasshouse a few years ago and being surrounded by these beautiful creatures, watching them flutter their intricate and colourful wings amidst the tropical plants. The cathedral- like glasshouse has more than 50 different species which fly freely among the Tropical Zone. These vibrant and exotic beauties showcase their magnificent designs in an Eden of plants including palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Admission is available on the day or book a time slot in advance to skip queues. Free with normal garden admission.


Marcel Ronay’s Art: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 11 Mar

Marcel Ronay, Chiswick Urban Scene, © The Marcel Ronay Estate

Marcel Ronay was born 1910 in Budapest to a Jewish Romanian father and Catholic mother. His personal and artistic journey saw him emigrate through Hungary, Germany and Austria (during WW1) before finally settling in England in 1936 where his family set up residence. This exhibition will showcase works created in England in the 1940s and the 1950s. Marcel Ronay’s pastoral and bucolic images reflect his personal contentment in England, after meeting his wife and having a family. Visitors will be inspired by his colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes displayed.


Exhibition: Out of the Dolls House – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and Fashion
■ Farnham Maltings ■ until Sat 2 Jun

From corsets to bra-burning, fashion has been closely linked to women’s equality for well over 100 years. Discover- at the Farnham Museum- how fashions have changed during the last 100 years, as the role of women in society has been radically altered since first getting the vote in February 1918. Open every day from 10:00 – 17:00. Entry free.


Orchid Festival
■Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ until 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.


Exhibition: Kingston characters
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 3 Mar

Displayed at the Rose Theatre, Local artist Ruth Blackford has created a quirky and unique collection of stitched textile portraits of Kingston-upon-Thames’ local characters. Using an explosion of colour, pattern and texture, she has created portraits of traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence. She captures not only a likeness, but the very essence of their characters.




National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.



Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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