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This is Elvis
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 30 April – Sat 5 May

This musical, starring the award winning Steve Michaels stars as Elvis recreates the drama leading up to Elvis’s 1968 comeback, as well as staging the monumental concert. There will be plenty of Elvis’s greatest hits on offer, including Trouble, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Suspicious Minds. And you know what, just the thought has me All Shook Up.

Communicating Doors
■ Leatherhead Theatre ■ Tues 1 – Sat 5 May

Leatherhead Rep brings the third of its spring rep season productions to the stage – Alan Ayckbourn’s observational comedy, Communicating Doors. When a sex worker is called to the hotel room of a wealthy dying man, it turns out to be for an altogether surprising reason. With plenty of laughter along the way, it’s a race against time to re-write history and save all of their lives as they hop in and out of the communicating doors. Tickets £18.

Much Ado About Nothing
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sun 6 May 

Mel Giedroyc and John Hopkins in rehearsals for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre.
Photo by Mark Douet

This revival of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, stars actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. This production uses Shakespeare’s language in a sharp contemporary setting of a spa hotel that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy, but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Love From A Stranger – Agatha Christie
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tue 1 May – Sat 5 May

When Cecily Harrington moves to a remote country cottage after falling for a handsome and charming stranger, she discovers that her new-fangled and all-encompassing love is not at all what it seems… Agatha Christie’s psychological thriller is gorged with suspense that promises to have you at the edge of your seat. Tickets: £21.40 – £47.40




Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden
■ Birtley Estate, Guildford ■ Fri 4 May – Mon 28 May

Enjoy beautiful landscape sculptures amongst the Surrey Hills in a wonderful combination of nature and art. The backdrop of woodlands, meadows and lakesides provides the perfect setting for 200 sculptures. The exhibits use a range of natural materials and themes to showcase local and national artists. Feeling inspired … get involved in the ‘Have a Go Sculpture’ sessions. Or combine your visit with figure sculpting demonstrations, chainsaw sculpting, children’s art courses, yoga and a Sunday Woodland feast. Bring your own picnic or enjoy cream teas and refreshments on site. Price: £6 in advance/ £7 on the day.  Children under 12 go free.

Great Weybridge Cake Off
■ Weybridge Green Market ■ Sat 5 May

Could you give Mary Berry a run for her money? Get your cake creations to Weybridge Market Monument Green between 10- 11am. Categories this year include a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme and Half-Dozen Small Bakes. Prizes will be presented by TV Celebrity Ruth Langsford (This Morning, How the Other Half Lives, Loose Women.) Entry price: £2 per Cake.


Farnham Duck Race
■ Gostrey Meadow, Farnham ■ Sat 5 May

Waddle over to The Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside for their annual Duck Race. This is not one to duck out of as the fun festivities starting from 10am, include inflatable slides and a bouncy castle. First race starts at noon.


A Celebration of Sir Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes And Undershaw
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Sat 5 May- Sat 26 May

This exhibition gives you chance to learn about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a writer who introduced one of the most iconic figures in literature- Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s home in Surrey, Undershaw welcomed many eminent figures to exchange ideas. The house is now home to Stepping Stones School, but the original features are still visible throughout the building reflecting the life he led in Surrey with his family and friends.

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
National Portrait Gallery, London ■  until 20 May

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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