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Things to do: This weekend


THEATRE: War Horse
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 1 – Sat 18 Aug

This is one your teenagers might like. Hey, they might have even read the book by Michael Morpurgo. Set at the outbreak of the First World War, and featuring those incredible life-size puppets of the horses, tickets will be in demand – so please don’t leave it too late to book.

THEATRE: The Phantom of the Opera
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Wed 1 – Sat 4 Aug

Yesos Youth Musical Theatre Group brings Phantom of the Opera to the stage in Redhill – a nod to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday celebrations. Tickets are £14-£15.


■  Edenbridge ■  Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Aug 

Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance that famously started in 16-year-old Lee Denny’s back garden! Bastille, Clean Bandit and Declan Mckenna to name a few are all headlining this year’s Leefest.

THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug 

Continuing it’s tour – Dinosaur World comes to Guildford. It’s best for kids aged 3+. Expect a mind-expanding jurassic adventure on stage with some pretty impressive creatures – including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Shows are at 1.30pm & 4.30pm on Friday and 11am & 2pm on Saturday.

THEATRE: Measure for Measure
■ Rectory Garden next to St Nicholas Church, Cranleigh ■ Fri 3 Aug

Presented by Changeling Theatre, Measure for Measure is a show in the vein of Moulin Rouge, but with a bit more burlesque. Bawdy and witty, this Shakespeare comedy has a storyline full of twists and turns as sin meets virtue and good battles against evil. Pack a picnic and chairs. Tickets £16 adults, £13 under 16.

FESTIVAL: Staycation Live Festival
■ Philips Memorial Park, Godalming ■ Fri 3 Aug- Sun 5 August 

Set on the picturesque park, Staycation Live Festival brings a combination of different music genres ranging from folk to funk, electro swing to hip- hop – Music to suit everyone! The line- up includes Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Funk and soul and Electro DJ’s TST. There’s loads going on, including a kid’s zone, baby and toddler yoga, henna tattoos and willow twisting workshops. Green Table Foods will be bringing vegan cuisine and boast to provide the best burger you’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately for us we’ll just have to try them before we believe it … if you insist.

FILM: The Shape of Water (15)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sun 5 August 

Merman meets mute maid, it’s a modern love story-fantasy flick that scooped up not one but four Oscars. There’s nothing fishy about this movie – well, apart form the amphibious man kept in a secret government facility. It all gets quite hot and heavy, and you may even leave having saucy thoughts (not ones that come with chips) for a fish. Doors open 7.15pm, film starts 8.45pm.

FESTIVAL: Frimley Lodge Live
■ Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green ■ Sat 4 and Sun 5 Aug

This tribute music festival returns for a fifth year, with the rivalry between Oasis and Blur relived via tribute acts, Oas-is and Blurd. Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show will also grace the stage, alongside tributes for George Michael, Robbie Williams and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, among others. Day tickets are £22.50 adults, £16 teens, £3.50 kids or weekend tickets £32.50 adults, £25 teens, £5 kids.

EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 7 October

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection.

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts.

MUSIC: Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

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.


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.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time.

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

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

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