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Things to do: January


Picturing People: The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 1 Apr

Tom Benedek (b.1991) Eggs Benedict (2016), Oil on canvas © The Artist

This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. The Ingram Collection is a unique private collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, collected by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram. The exhibition explores over 100 years of works that depict everyday people, mythological characters, celebrities, soldiers and footballers. Day Pass: £4.50 or Annual Pass: £7.50. Under 18s free.


Butterflies in the Glasshouse
■ RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking ■ until Sun 18 March

Great Mormon butterfly (Paplio memnon), photographed at RHS Garden Wisley during the 2016 Butterflies in the Glasshouse event

I have the fondest memories of visiting Wisley’s butterflies Glasshouse a few years ago and being surrounded by these beautiful creatures, watching them flutter their intricate and colourful wings amidst the tropical plants. The cathedral- like glasshouse has more than 50 different species which fly freely among the Tropical Zone. These vibrant and exotic beauties showcase their magnificent designs in an Eden of plants including palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Admission is available on the day or book a time slot in advance to skip queues. Free with normal garden admission.


Exhibition: Kingston characters
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 23 Jan – Sat 3 Mar

Displayed at the Rose Theatre, Local artist Ruth Blackford has created a quirky and unique collection of stitched textile portraits of Kingston-upon-Thames’ local characters. Using an explosion of colour, pattern and texture, she has created portraits of traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence. She captures not only a likeness, but the very essence of their characters.


The Importance of Being Earnest
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 24 Jan – Thurs 1 Feb

The Original Theatre Company is presenting a wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival of Oscar Wilde’s, The Importance of Being Earnest. Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen, but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a ‘handbag’ at Victoria station. Tickets From £21.00 – £32.50.





Yoga for Beginners
■ Ebb and Flow Yoga, Farnham ■ Sat 27 Jan – Sat 3 Mar

This comprehensive 6 week course for beginners will teach you all the essentials you will need to begin your yoga journey, instilling you with the groundwork and confidence to attend regular classes or begin a home-practice. The course is aimed at complete beginners who have never done yoga before.


Ed Byrne
■ Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, Redhill ■ Mon 29 Jan

You probably won’t be receiving any more presents in late Jan so why not spoil yourself with some humour. Join Ed Byrne as he explores a number of topics- Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong, or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? Byrne will be taking these questions and shaking them until all the funny falls out. Tickets: £25. Showing time: 8pm. Over 16’s only.


Hedda Gabler
■ New Victoria Theatre ■ Woking Mon 29 Jan – Sat 3 Feb

This acclaimed new production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler is touring the UK after a sold out run at the National Theatre. The plot follows Hedda and Tesman who’s relationship is already in trouble, after they’ve just returned from their honeymoon. Hedda, trapped but determined, tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Lizzy Watts plays the  role of free-spirited Hedda Gabler, one of the greatest dramatic parts in theatre, and regarded as a female Hamlet. Tickets: £14.40 – £40.90.


Knitted vegetables
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Tue 30 Jan

You may be the knitting queen… but can you knit a vegetable? Don’t fret it the answer is no because crafter expert Susie Johns can teach you how. On this one-day course at Kew Gardens, chose between either an aubergine or pea- pod to create. Crafter Susie Johns specializes in paper crafts and embroidery and contributes to a number of craft magazines. Various techniques will be used in the workshop, such as: knitting in the round on four needles and tips for achieving a neat finish when making up. The course is suitable for those with basic knowledge of knitting, as well as those who want to brush up their skills. Course fee: £70. Capacity limited to 12 people.


#WedNightWineSchool South African Wine Safari
■ Epsom Playhouse (Myers Studio) ■ Wed 31 Jan

From vibrant Chenin Blanc to smoky Pinotage, you’ll taste six different South African wine styles and learn about the diversity of this winemaking paradise, under the tutelage of Wine Confidence wine expert and educator Deborah Zbinden. The workshop goes from 8pm-9.30pm and the cost is £20 per person. Tickets available here.



Hogwarts in the Snow
■ Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Watford ■  until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.


Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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