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Things to do: This week

MON 14 - SUN 20 JAN

MUSIC: Cable Street Rag Band
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Mon 14 Jan

The Cable Street Rag Band, based in Limehouse London, are old-time, hot jazz, ragtime, swing and blues specialists. The band, a five piece, features Ewan Bleach, Dakota Jim and Louisa Jones (Whiskey Moonface). They play the music of The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and more.

EVENT CINEMA: NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard The Second
■ various cinemas ■ Tues 15 Jan

Simon Russell Beale plays Richard II in this new production directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London. Click here to find a venue.

DANCE: The Spirit of the Dance
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Wed 16 Jan

Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines heart-pounding Irish dance with the sensual Latino rhythms of flamenco and salsa in a thrilling production of strength and passion. It’s been seen by more than 30 million people in more than 20 countries around the world.

COMEDY: Sandi Toksvig Live: National Trevor
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 16 (and Wed 23 Jan)

Comedian Sandi Toksvig tours her brand new one-woman comedy show. Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz. Don’t expect tap-dancing, leotards or a forward roll.

THEATRE: …And This is my Friend Mr Laurel
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Thurs 17 Jan

Jeffrey Holland stars in this one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives -paying tribute to his hero Stan Laurel, one of Hollywood’s greatest film comedians. Set in Oliver Hardy’s bedroom it provides an in depth, humorous and touching account of the comedian’s life.

MUSIC: Wilson and Wakeman
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 18 Jan

Damian Wilson and vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam Wakeman on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar come together to play songs from their back catalogue intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers. Wakeman is best known as the keyboard and guitar player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, and Wilson is widely known for bands such as Headspace and Threshold.

KIDS: Over the Moon: A First Opera for Little People
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 18 Jan

Introduce your kids to opera at this interactive musical event for babies and toddlers which offers a calm, playful and creative first experience of opera. Put on by the Hurley Burley Company, Over the Moon weaves together gentle classical music with familiar nursery rhymes and games in an interactive musical, operatic adventure. Shows are at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm.

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 19 Jan

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club. The January line up includes funny people John Robertson (pictured), James Alderson, Nick Dixon and Ruth Cockburn.

COMEDY: Andrew Doyle: Friendly Fire
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 19 Jan

One of the UK’s foremost political satirists, Andrew Doyle brings his seventh solo standup show Friendly Fire to Guildford. It follows on from the critically acclaimed Thought Crimes, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and then transferred to the Soho Theatre in London. Expect plenty of laughs.

COMEDY: Brooklands Gag House Comedy
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sat 19 Jan

Mark Dolan, Susan Murray (pictured), Chris Stokes and Joe Hobbs bring their comedy acts to Brooklands Museum – the first time Gag House has performed at this venue. It promises to be a lot of fun.

EXHIBITION: Duke and Duchess of Sussex Exhibition
■ Windsor Castle, Windsor ■ now until Sat 26 Jan

Prince Harry and Meghan – Duke and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding 2018 Windsor Castle steps

Last chance to see Meghan’s Givenchy bridal gown designed by Clare Waight Keller, her 5m veil embroidered with flora symbolising the 53 Commonwealth countries and the 1932 Queen Mary diamond and platinum tiara loaned to the Duchess by the Queen. It’s not all about the bride (even though we known it is really), Harry’s Blues and Royals frock designed by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row will also be standing to attention.


Mary, Queen of Scots, from Fri 18 Jan

More period queeny drama as Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I battle it out in in 1569. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as her cousin Elizabeth I. Fab costumes, extraordinary make up and good performances are promised but some critics aren’t happy about some historical inaccuracies. What, you mean Elizabeth I doesn’t marry King Eric of Sweden after all? *thud*

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