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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 19 - SUN 21 OCT

 

THEATRE: They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 16 Oct- Sat 20 Oct

The political satire They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay addresses injustice, hypocrisy and the plight of the working poor transposed to Brexit Britain. Anthea and Maggie are living in the same run-down apartment block. Neither have paid their rent or utility bills for months so they resort to stealing from the local supermarket. Worried their husbands will discover their crime, the women concoct ridiculous strategies to avoid them finding out. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

THEATRE: The Jersey Boys
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 16 Oct – Sat 27 October

The Jersey boys is working its way back round the UK and is bringing back its legendry playlist with hits like ‘Beggin’ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off you’ to Woking. atgtickets.com

FESTIVAL: Taste of Autumn
■ RHS Wisley Gardens, Woking ■ Wed 17 to Sun 21 Oct

Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season with more than 30 exhibitors and specialists at RHS Wisley Gardens. With pumpkins and apples a their peak, these will be the undoubted starts of the show, so expect gorgeous displays and delicious tastings. rhs.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Contemporary Classics at Marylands
■ Belgravia Gallery, Ewhurst ■ Until Fri 19 Oct

Marylands is set high in the Surrey Hills and has been described as a 1930’s Art Deco masterpiece. Marylands is a fusion of Scottish modernism with Mediterranean, Moorish and arts & craft influences. Their Contemporary Classics exhibition includes a range of artists to suit every taste, interior and budget, with works from artists including: David Hockney, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Roy Lichtenstein, Monroe Hodder, Jacob Sutton and others. belgraviagallery.com

COMEDY: Guildford GAG House Comedy Club
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 20 Oct

Treating you with a cracking line- up, the Guildford GAG House Comedy Club has all the promise of a hilarious evening at the Star Inn. The comical geniuses for the night ready to make you roar with laughter include Craig Murray, Chris Betts, Eleanor Tiernan and Phil Chapman. gaghousecomedy.com

EVENT: Guildford’s Big Draw
 The Boileroom, Guildford  Sun 21 Oct

For new creatives and pros alike, grab your sketchbook, a drink, and be taken on a guided walk of Guildford. The walk ends back at the Boileroom where everyone’s work will be built into a collaborative exploration of Guildford town. theboileroom.com

THEATRE: Hogarth’s Progress
 Rose Theatre, Kingston  until Sun 21 Oct

Following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls, this double bill – The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town – explores the extraordinary lives of William Hogarth and his wife Jane at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many. Watch each play as a single performance or see both. rosetheatrekingston.org

HALLOWEEN: Fright Nights
■ Thorpe Park, Thorpe ■ Fri 5 – Wed 31 Oct

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

The 17th annual Fright Nights season returns to Thorpe Park with seven new intense live-action scare mazes and horror zones, including The Walking Dead: Do or Die and Vulcan Peak. Also new this year is the Screamplexx 4D, showing short indie horror films. Advance booking is recommended. thorpepark.com

EXHIBITION: 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. wattsgallery.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 13 Jan

Works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. It showcases a rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture, spanning from the early 1860s to the beginning of the First World War. thelightbox.org.uk

FILM: October’s best new releases

A Star is Born
■ nationwide ■ from Wed 3 Oct

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring himself and Lady Gaga is highly anticipated and the Muddy office can’t wait to see it. The remake tells the story of hard drinking musician (Cooper, orginally played by Kris Kristofferson) who falls in love with a young hopeful singer-songwriter (Gaga, originally Barbra Streisand). The movie has been very well recieved and it sounds like a fabulous musical romantic indulgent treat.

Jonny English Strikes Again
■ nationwide ■ from Fri 5 Oct

Rowan Atkinson’s spoof James Bond returns for a third time. Lots of slapstick and silliness that has made audiences laugh despite the critics not being so convinced. Kids seem to love it so if an animated yeti in the movie Small Foot doesn’t appeal for a half term trip to the flicks, perhaps this will?

Halloween
■ nationwide ■ from Fri 19 Oct

Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.

AND FURTHER AFIELD

THEATRE: The Wider Earth
■ The Natural History Museum, London ■ Tues Oct 2 – Sun 30 Dec

Exciting news – there’s a theatre being opened in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth, a play about the young Charles Darwin. Puppets, an original score and cinematic animations make this theatrical event a great draw for kids plus they’ll learn a helluva lot in the process. londontheatre.com

FOOD: London Restaurant Festival
■ various London locations ■ throughout October 

London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode this month, with great value festival menus at loads of great restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art. londonrestaurantfestival.com

EXHIBITION: The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock. tate.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sun 4 Nov

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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