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September hit list! What’s on this month

All set for a super social September? Let the good times roll this month with markets, fairs and festivals then head to the theatre for musicals, comedy and drama.

COMEDY: Jack Dee – Off The Telly
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thu 2 Sep
One of the most famous comedians to come out of the UK is coming to Dorking on his long-postponed tour. Known for his dryness and quick wit, Jack Dee has a thing or two to say about motivational speaking and more.

COMEDY: Rob Beckett – Wallop
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Fri 3 – Sat 4 Sep
Everyone knows Rob Beckett’s comedy from the likes of 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo, and now he’s bringing his side-splitting approach to life to Guildford!

FOOD FESTIVAL: Pub in the Park
■ Chiswick House & Gardens ■ Fri 3 – Sun 5 Sep
With a perfect mix of food and music, what’s not to love about this three-day event?! With live music from The Kaiser Chiefs, Basement Jaxx and The Feeling to name just a few, in addition to chefs appearances across the weekend from the likes of Marcus Wareing and Michel Roux Jr, it’s going to be a cracker.

THEATRE: Waitress
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Sat 4 – Sat 11 Sept
Take it from Muddy – this is one of the best theatre shows you will see this year and beyond! Jenna is a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a very hunky new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated.

FOOD FESTIVAL: Fantastic Food Festival at Denbies
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sat 4 – Sun 5 Sep
This annual event is always a hit with food and drink lovers! Head to Denbies to celebrate some of the best offerings from across the UK, with local and national stallholders offering delicious treats from indulgent sweets to lip-smacking street food.

Dapper & Suave market in Dorking. Picture credit: Mark Lewis

MARKET: Dapper & Suave September market
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 5 Sept
Showcasing local businesses, this event will feature over 40 exhibitors selling artwork, beauty, candles, fashion, food, gifts for the home and jewellery. The perfect event to get the Christmas shopping underway!

CARS: American Day
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sun 5 Sept
From gleaming Dodge, Chryslers, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile Fords and Hot Rods, this all-American day at Brooklands Museum is the perfect event for car lovers. There will even be Country and Rock’n Roll live music, cheerleader performances and food stalls selling treats from the USA.

THEATRE: Grease The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 7 – Sat 11 Sept
Round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and find your why Grease really is the one that you want to see this term! A grittier and more glam version, this show stars Peter Andre as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine.

OUTDOORS: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
■ RHS Wisley, near Woking ■ Tue 7 – Sun 12 Sept
Back after a year’s hiatus, this show of gardener’s dreams is packed with gardening inspiration, expert advice, vibrant floral displays and fabulous shopping opportunities.

THEATRE: Crimes in Egypt
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 8 – Thu 9 Sept
Belgian detective Artemis Arinae is enjoying a leisurely holiday cruise along the river Nile when tragedy strikes. But who is the murderer? Arinae needs to find out, and quickly.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Abercorn Room
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Wed 8 Sept
The first of a new monthly comedy show at Painshill, join Chris McCaulsland and comedian old and new for an evening of side-tickling laughs in the intimate indoor setting in Painshill’s function room, with a maximum of 60 tickets available each night.

TALK: Challenging Curations & Contemporary Viewer
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ Wed 8 Sept
Art lovers, this one’s for you. How do curators, educators and museums negotiate the interpretation and display of art that might challenge a contemporary audience? This panel will discuss the complexities and provocations of displaying historical works for contemporary audiences.

Watch Crimes in Egypt at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Photo credit: Pamela Raith

MUSIC: Magic of The Musicals
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sat 11 Sept
Have you got a musical obsessive in your circle of loved one? Get tickets booked for this event ASAP if so, which brings you performances of the biggest hits from the musicals including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Oklahoma and many more.

MUSIC: Rick Astley Live After Racing
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sat 11 Sept
Never gunna give you up, never gunna let you down! Yes, we all know the classic song. Head to Lingfield to see the legend that is Rick Astley perform after a day at the races.

FESTIVAL: Surrey Gin Fest
■ Loseley Park, near Guildford ■ Sat 11 Sept
Now in its fourth year, the widely acclaimed Sussex Gin Fest is travelling to Surrey this year with delicious hot and cold artisan food, demonstrations on all things gin, and a main stage with live entertainment all day.

MAGIC SHOW: James Phelan: The Greatest Magician
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Wed 15 Sept
James is most famous for overwhelming the BBC’s switchboard after correctly predicting the lottery fronts. Impressive, right? This will be a night to remember for the whole family!

COMEDY: Katherine Ryan – Missus
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thu 16 Sep
Following the global success of two Netflix shows, Katherine Ryan returns to the live comedy circuit after a series of life changing events including getting married and having a baby – and you know she’ll have a thing or two to say about it.

Jess Gilliam, who will be performing at Investec International Music Festival. Photo credit: Robin Clewley

MUSIC: Investec International Music Festival
■ Various locations around Guildford ■ Thu 16 – Sat 25 Sept
The classical music festival is back after a year of going virtual! Spread over five days, the event will showcase some of the most talented classic musicians including a recital repertoire for saxophone & piano/double bass and a performance of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

COMEDY: Camberley Comedy Festival
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 18 Sept
The 2nd annual Camberley Comedy Festival is back with a bang! With comedians including Lou Sanders, Kae Kurd and Lucy Pearman on the billing and Mexican street food, bratwurst and cocktails readily available, it’s time to get your tickets booked.

FAMILY THEATRE: Horrible Histories – Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 18 Sept
Derived from the hugely popular children’s books, can you see eye to eye with Admiral Nelson? Does the Duke of Wellington get the boot? Dare you dance the Tyburn jig? It will all make sense on the day – promise!

FOOD: Biriyani and Bubble
■ Albury Wine Estate, near Shere ■ Sun 19 Sept
Join Albury Vineyard and Mandira’s Kitchen for a fabulous Tale of Three Cities Sunday lunch featuring delicious dishes such as crisp samosas, fresh biriyani and Bombay ice-cream.

ART: Cranleigh Arts and Craft Society demonstration
 ■ Band Hall, Cranleigh ■ Sat 18 Sept

Artist Rick Holmes will be demonstrating how he creates a scene in ink and pastel. Non members are welcome. It’s on from 2.30pm.

COMEDY: The Noise Next Door
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 18 Sept
This hilarious quartet are back for the sixth nationwide tour with a 2pm show that’s family-friendly and a slightly naughtier rendition at 8pm. Having starred on BBC shows alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre and Romesh Ranganathan, you know a good time is guaranteed!

Watts Gallery

EVENT: Run Reigate
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 19 Sept

The running event returns with a half marathon, 10k, 5km and kids’ race. It’s a family friendly event, with staggered starts that takes you through the Surrey countryside on roads closed off to cars. Tickets are on sale now, and close on 30 June.

THEATRE: Groan Ups
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 20 – Sat 25 Sept
Do we ever really grow up? Hopefully not! Follow an unruly classroom of six year-olds on their journey as rebellious high school teenagers to adulthood.

DANCE: The Little Mermaid
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Wed 22 Sept
Starring stunning contemporary choreography, acrobatics, beautiful costumes and an international cast of dancers, this take on the famous story of The Little Mermaid is a must-see for any dance lovers out there.

SHORT COURSE: All about honey: Tasting and cheese pairing
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Wed 22 Sept
Foodies, unite! Join scientist and beekeeper Dr Agnes Tyburn and learn about the history of honey, how modern beekeeping practices impact its quality, and how to create the ideal cheese accompaniment.

COMEDY: Geoff Norcott: I Blame My Parents
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Thu 23 Sept
Geoff Norcott – who has starred on Would I Lie to You?Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week to name just a few – will be talking less politics and will mostly explore personal responsibility, parenting and who should take the blame when things go wrong.

COMEDY: Tim Vine is Plastic Elvis
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thu 23 Sept
Now isn’t that an intriguing title for a comedy tour? Following the success of him one-off show at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 under the same name, Tim Vine is bringing his newest show to the masses along with the five-piece musical act The High Noon Band.

COMEDY: Scummy Mummies
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 24 Sep
Gin in a tin and control pants at the ready! This hugely popular and hilarious duo that sold out their 2019 Edinburgh Fringe shows are coming to Farnham and have a lot to say about the past year!

ART FAIR: Contemporary Arts Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Fri 24 – Sun 26 Sept

The Contemporary Arts Fair brings together over 100 curated contemporary artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and galleries, all of whom will share their impressive work. Artwork varies in price from £40 to £4,000.

Watch comedian Geoff Norcott at Dorking Halls. Photo credit: Karla Gowlett

EXHIBITION: The Ingram Collection: Art For Your World
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ From Sat 25 Sept
In support of WWF’s #ArtForYourWorld initiative, the exhibition strives to raise awareness of the current climate crisis by linking art and the environment in support of the fieldwork being carried out by the conservation charity.

COMEDY: David Baddiel – Trolls, Not The Dolls
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sun 26 Sept
David Baddiel returns to the stage for this one-man show, taking a funny look at trolling online and his approach to hecklers at his shows!

THEATRE: School of Rock
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 27 Sept – Sat 2 Oct
Based on the hugely popular and successful film starring Jack Black, this musical stage production created by Andrew Lloyd Webber features 14 new songs and will be sure to have the kids air guitar-ing in no time!

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Tue 28 Sept
One of the best antique markets in the south east will take place with over 700 inside and outside stalls throughout our three indoor halls and outside hard standing drive in area. Don’t forget your wallet!

EXHIBITION: ‘Uncommon Power’ – Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ From Tue 28 Sept
Watts Gallery spotlights the work of two creative women who grew up at the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite world. This exhibition explores the life, art and feminist legacies of these two significant artists.

THEATRE: When Darkness Falls
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 28 – Thu 30 Sept
Do you love a spine-tingling ghost story? A paranormal expert is giving a talk on Guernsey’s incredible folklore and paranormal history, speaking of horrifying stories. And then it all starts becoming a reality… This is based on a true story, which is even scarier!

Book your tickets from Groan Ups at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tue 28 Sept
Join one of TV’s most popular comedians for a night that explicitly promises to NOT be all that politically correct in its description – you’ve been warned!

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Emma Abbate & Julian Perkins Piano Duets
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Wed 29 Sept
Classical music fans, this one’s dedicated to you. Having performed duets at prestigious spaces including the Royal Opera House and Hatchlands Park, ready yourself for an evening of beautiful piano and immense talent.

VARIETY: The (Steve) Royle Variety Performance
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Wed 29 Sept
Comedian, juggler and variety star Steve Royle takes his show on the road, and he’s stopping the bus in Camberley for one night only! Expect mad cap fun and plenty of right royal hoots.

MUSIC: Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Thu 30 Sep
Katie Markham leads a talented six piece band through all your favourite Adele hits, creating a stunning live concert performance celebrating the music of one of our generations’ finest singer-songwriters.


THEATRE: What The Ladybird Heard
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 5 – Wed 6 Oct
Based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, this 55-minute show features live music, ​puppetry and a whole farmyard full of fun. Shows are at 4.30pm on Tues and 10.30am and 4.30pm on Wed.

COMEDY: Chris Ramsey’s 20/20
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thu 7 Oct
We could all do you a good belly laugh after the past year, right? Pre-book tickets for an evening with hugely popular Chris Ramsey for his biggest ever stand-up tour yet.

SUPPER CLUB: Monthly Dinner Club
The news is good for fans of the monthly fine dining supper club at The White Horse in Hascombe, which returns on Thurs 3 June. The bad news, tickets sell fast so you’ll have to be speedy if you want to go along to one of these fab evenings. June sold out in hours, but if you’re lucky you might get tickets for the events on the first Thurs in July or August. Head chef Valentino Gentile creates a gorgeous 5-course menu, and a wine flight is available too. Book here.

THEATRE: Hairspray The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 15 – Sat 20 Nov
It’s musical time! This fun-filled, feel good show is full to the brim with show-stopping numbers, dazzling costumes and dance routines that will have you shimmying in your seats.

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