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What’s on in Surrey and beyond this week?

Chinese State Circus: Dynasty, G Live, Guildford, Tues 13 Sept


“No gimmicks… no fakes… no retakes… quite simply the incomparable Chinese State Circus.” That’s what the gumf says, and I must say it had me at fakes! The Chinese State Circus brings a 2,000 artform bang up to date in Dynasty with world-class acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers. If the Olympic gymnastics had you glued to the telly, you’ll love this!

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350.


The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Camberley Theatre, Fri 9 Sept


After a successful stint in the West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back for a 50th Anniversary celebration. The show uses huge projection photos and original film footage, and a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Homeward Bound. They had me at Mrs Robinson to be honest…

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.


G Live Beer Festival, G Live, Guildford, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Sept


If you like a drop of the amber nectar, then you’ll want to know about the Beer Fest at G Live on Fri or Sat to sample a drop or two from some of the country’s top independent brewers. There will also be live music from The Monteurs and The Good Honeys, Nefarious Picaroons and Ukejam (I’m sure you know them all, right?!), as well as a hog roast and a BBQ to help soak up all that beer you’ll most likely drink.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350.


Cheryl, Mike and Jay formerly of Bucks Fizz, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Sept 16


They didn’t exactly nail it when they were thinking of a name for their show, but at least you know what you’re getting with ‘Cheryl, Mike and Jay formerly of Bucks Fizz’. The trio has been performing together since 2009 when Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan joined back up with Jay Aston. They’ve been reliving their heyday from the Eighties when Bucks Fizz did the UK proud in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tel: 01737 276 500. Tickets: £22.


Gangsta Granny, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 14-18 Sept

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. CAST Gilly Tompkins - Granny Ashley Cousins - Ben Laura Girling - Mum Ben Martin - Dad Umar Malik - Raj Alison Fitzjohn - Matron Richard James - Doctor Louise Bailey - Queen & Female Undestudy Aaron Thiara - Male Understudy CREATIVE TEAM Adapter and Director - Neal Foster Designer - Jackie Trousdale Lighting Designer - Jason Taylor Composer - Jak Poore Sound Designer - Nick Sagar Choreographers - Paul Chantry & Rae Piper of Chantry Dance Company Production Manager - Adrian Littlejohns

The stage version of David Walliam’s funny novel, about a boy called Ben who is staying at his Granny’s house for the weekend, finally makes it to Woking. Ben thinks she’s boring, until he finds out she is his very own Gangsta Granny. The producers of Horrible Histories are behind this one, so you’re in pretty safe hands.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645.


Bridget Jones’s Baby, various cinemas and times, opens on Friday


Do not fear, our loveable iconic British babe is back with a baby all of her own…. Renée Zellweger returns to the screen as Bridget experiences the ups and downs of motherhood. We won’t give too much away but the dashing Mark Darcy is involved and so is a new love interest….. get the popcorn and ice cream – we’re in!


Always The Sun Arts and Music Festival, Stoke Park, Guildford, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Sept

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Unless you’ve been on Mars the past couple of months, you’ll probably already know that this Saturday and Sunday the Boileroom in Guildford celebrates its 10th birthday with the ATS festival. Mystery Jets and Turin Brakes are headlining, while other biggies like Spring King, original Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, Dub Pistols and tons of others are also playing. Like any music festival worth its salt, there will be stages aplenty, chill out zones, poetry readings, social cinema and tons of other stuff.

Stoke Park, Nightingale Road, Guildford , GU1 1ER.


Tenors Unlimited, at Camberley Theatre, Camberley, Sat 10 Sept

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The Tenors Unlimited are bringing their bad-boy opera to Camberley as part of a nationwide tour ‘From Venice to Vegas’. The Rat Pack of Opera – Paul Martin, Jem Sharples, Scott Ciscon –  have performed alongside such notables as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. Should be a good night if you like opera.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.

Hospital Food and A Handbag, Courtyard Theatre, Chipstead, until Sat 10 Sept

A production set in a teenage cancer ward is bound be emotional, but that’s where it’s at in Eugene O’Hare’s one-act play, Hospital Food at the Courtyard Theatre in Chipstead until Sat 10 Sept. It’s part of a double bill with Anthony Horowitz’s A Handbag by the Chipstead Players Youth Theatre. Four young actors raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, when they shaved their heads for their roles. Tickets are £8 – £10.

Courtyard Theatre, Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead, CR5 3QU.



You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970, V&A Museum, London, opens Sat 10 Sept


1967: Christine Keeler © Lewis Morley National Media Museum Science & Society Picture Library

Head back to the psychedelic 1960s for this major exhibition that explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through the fashion, music, film, design and political activism that helped shaped contemporary life. This exhibition centres on the musicians from the era as well as great performances gifted to the world by the likes of The Who, Sam Cooke and Jimi Hendrix. Moments and environments that defined the time of huge cultural upheaval will also be charted including game-changing clubs, countercultures, the 1968 protests in Paris, World Fairs and Woodstock Festival of 1969.

V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.


Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair: The Vintage Collections, Sun 11 Sept, London

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair: The Vintage Collections

If you love vintage, or just want to snap up some great pre-loved labels, here’s your chance. The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair in Rosebery Ave is huuuuuge, selling womenswear, menswear, accessories and textiles dating from 1900s to 1990. Choose pieces that tap into AW16’s key trends (velvet dresses, mac coats, 80s ruffles and capes blah di blah) or dig around for something really bonkers and different. There’s a salon, tea room, alteration room and over  50 traders. Italian Vogue loves it, I’m guessing you will too.

11am-5pm, £4 entry, £2 concesssions.


Brazil Day, Trafalgar Square, London, 10 September

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This free event, from 12.00pm-7.00pm, brings the Olympic and Paralympic spirit to London with Brazilian music, DJs, sport, and more. Enjoy a bossa nova or a quick samba while sampling traditional Brazilian street food and refreshments. Among the delights will be the churrasco barbecue, Amazonian superfood açaí, pão de queijo (cheesebread), and many other Brazilian treats. There will also be three 30-metre running lanes on Trafalgar Square, with speed trackers, a digital clock – your chance to find out how you measure up against Usain Bolt or David Weir.



Hall Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden, Camberley Theatre, Fri 16 Sept


You’ll probably have caught Hal Cruttendon on Radio 4 or as the host of Live at the Apollo on the telly.  This week, however, he’s live in Camberley with his latest stand-up show, ranting about the evils of the modern world — over-sharing on social media (we all do that!) and the 5:2 diet (nope, don’t do that one).  Quite grown-up content, so leave even your teens at home…

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600.

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1 comment on “What’s on in Surrey and beyond this week?”

  • Diane September 8, 2016

    Loving this issue Amber. So many things to do in your neck of woods. Need new jeans by the look of it.x


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