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Things to do: January


■ Ashcroft Playhouse at Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ now until Sat 11 Jan

From the stages of the West End and Broadway, Once tells the uplifting story of two lost souls who unexpectedly fall in love. If you loved the film, you’ll love this!

OUTDOORS: Winter Walk
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge ■ Wed 1 Jan

Wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with winter walks in the stunning Hever Castle gardens. What better way to rejuvenate after all that fizz from last night?

EVENT: New Year’s Day Classic Gathering
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Wed 1 Jan

With over 1,000 vehicles expected, live music, a winter barbecue and other additional food outlets, there will be something for everybody amongst the diverse display of classics cars.

SPORT: Afternoon Flat Racing
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Sat 4 Jan

Head to the racecourse for the first fixture of the year and blow out the cobwebs from all that sitting around over Christmas! Wrap up, it’ll be a chilly one!

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Rumplestiltskin and the Snail of Destiny
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 4 Jan

Using its puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Theatre of Widdershins brings to the stage this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale. Shows at 2pm and 4pm.

MUSIC: The Elvis Years – The Story of A King
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 4 Jan

With nostalgic film footage, an all-star band and award-winning singers, this is guaranteed to take you through an unforgettable journey with Elvis’ 50 greatest hits spanning over three decades. Rock ‘n’ roll baby!

EVENT CINEMA: André Rieu – 70 Years Young
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 4 Jan
■ Dorking Halls ■ Tues 7 Jan

Celebrating the big Seven-O, André is hosting this concert featuring musical highlights from throughout his career. It’s showing at cinemas throughout Surrey. Click here to find your nearest.

EVENT: Tolworth Hurdle Day
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Sat 4 Jan

Tolworth Hurdle Day is set to host seven races including The Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1). This race is for horses aged 4 and over and is run over 2 miles. Why not tie in one of the racecourse’s fine dining packages?

EVENT: Glow 2019
■ RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking ■ now until 5 Jan

Who doesn’t love an illuminated adventure at this time of year? Wander the brand new route and experience enchanting trail to see dazzling light installations themed around the four seasons.

FAMILY EVENT: Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, Kew ■ until Jan 5

Grab your last opportunity to see the famous light show at beautiful Kew Gardens, but be quick – tickets are selling out fast!

EXHIBITION: In Print – Capturing Light
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ now until 5 January 2020

Tim Southall, Coming Home, etching

 This exhibition series brings together over 50 original prints by 10 leading contemporary artists to explore how light and shadow are captured through diverse printmaking techniques.

THEATRE LIVE: Kenneth Branagh: The Winter’s Tale
■ Dorking Halls ■ Mon 6 Jan

Kenneth Brannagh Theatre Company’s live production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ is back. by popular demand. With an impressive cast (Dame Judi Dench anyone?) and an inventively beautiful re-imagining of the tragic tale, this show’s last live cinema run is not one to miss.

THEATRE: British Theatre Academy – Aladdin Jr
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 6 – Sun 11 Jan

The famous tale gets a reboot from the British Theatre Academy. What would your three wishes from the magic lamp be?

TALK: Sandi Toksvig Live!
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Wed 8 Jan

Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz as Sandi embarks on her new one-woman comedy show.

MUSIC: Boogie Wonderland
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Thu 9 Jan

A live 8 piece band of West End musicians present all your favourite disco hits. Grab your girlfriends and your jazziest outfit and get ready to be Dancing On The Ceiling!


OUTDOORS: Winter Walk and Talk
■ RHS Gardens Wisley, Woking ■ Fri 10 Jan

Not everything in the garden is sleeping in winter! Join RHS Garden Wisley’s curatorial team and learn about the plants that put on a show at this time of year.

DANCE: Dance To The Music
■ The Capitol, Horsham ■  Sat 11 Jan

Choreographed and starring ex Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff, this feel good show will portray the evolution of dance through musical eras and genres from the roaring 20s with the Charleston and tap dances to modern day ballroom and latin.

■ Chobham Adventure Farm, Chobham ■ mid January

The animals are back after their Christmas holiday visiting family (!). Now they want your company to keep them entertained through these cold and lonely months!

FAIR: Quilters Fair
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sun 12 Jan

This annual quilting fabric sale and exhibition is now in its 23nd year. Expect to find plenty of bargains at more than 40 fabric stalls. There will be an exhibition of quilting creations on display from local quilting groups, who will also be on hand to share their expertise. It starts at 10am.

MUSIC: You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sun 12 Jan

Straight from the stages of London’s West End, this is set to be the perfect night of Bee Gees classics including Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin’ Alive. All the bangers!

COMEDY: I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue  SOLD OUT
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Sun 12 Jan

BBC Radio’s antidote to panel games show returns to the stage with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony Hawks, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman and host Jack Dee.

PLAY: Dial M for Murder
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tue 14 – Sat 18 Jan

Tom Chambers and Sally Bretton star in this mysterious on stage production that follows the couple’s rollercoaster relation. When he discovers she has been unfaithful, his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the perfect crime.

THEATRE: National Theatre Encore: Present Laughter
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tue 14 Jan

Andrew Scott (the priest in Fleabag – you know the one!) stars as the lead in this on stage comedy that follows his character, actor Garry Essendine, as he prepares to embark on an overseas tour while his colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control.

MUSIC: Raya Kostova on piano
■ Cranleigh Art Centre ■ Tue 14 Jan

For this free concert, Bulgarian pianist Raya Kostova will present Tchaikovsky’s Seasons op.37a. The concert starts at 1pm. No booking required.

MUSIC: Jazz Cafe – Laura Zakian Quartet
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 14 Jan

Laura is set to launch the 2020 season at the Jazz Café, with Paul Bartholomew on
baritone sax, Steve Lodder on piano, Marianne Windham on bass, Martin Pyne on vibraphone and percussion and Nic France on drums.

THEATRE: Peter Pan Goes Wrong
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 14 – Sat 18 Jan

Photo Alastair Muir

From the Play That Goes Wrong’s Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award nominated West End hit about the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s disastrous attempts to put on J.M.Barrie’s famous tale.

THEATRE: God of Carnage
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 14 – Sat 18 Jan

WhenFerdinand hits Bruno with a stick in a playground punch-up, the combatants’ parents decide to meet to talk but it is the parents who turn into spoiled brats. Starring Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern!

EVENT CINEMA: ROH Live – The Sleeping Beauty
■ various venues in Surrey ■ Thurs 16 Jan

Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells in this landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet, to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music. Showing at various venues throughout Surrey including venues in Dorking, Leatherhead, Cranleigh, Reigate, Guildford, Oxted and Woking. Click here to find your nearest.

MUSIC: Wilson and Wakeman
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 17 Jan

Damian Wilson and vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam Wakeman on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar come together to play songs from their back catalogue intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers. Wakeman is best known as the keyboard and guitar player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, and Wilson is widely known for bands such as Headspace and Threshold.

COMEDY: Stephen K Amos: Everyman
■ Farnham Maltings  ■ Fri 17 Jan

In an era where arguments are started over everything from politics to plastic straws, Stephen K Amos wants to rise above the anger to remind us of what we have in common, all with a side of belly laughs of course!

MUSIC: The Rocket Man – A Tribute to Sir Elton John
■ The Capitol, Horsham ■  Sat 18 Jan

Combining vocal and piano performances, flamboyant costumes and a dazzling light show, all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals, let’s celebrate the greatest hits of one of the biggest selling artists of all time!

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: Air balloon lanterns – craft
■ Cranleigh Art Centre ■  Sat 18 Jan

Kids create their own hot air balloon lantern in this creative workshop led by local artist Miriana D’Ambrosio. All materials are provided. It’s suitable for kids aged 5 and above. Cost is £6 per chid. It’s from 2pm-3pm.

FAIR: Wedding Fair
■ Warren House, Kingston ■ Sun 19 Jan

If someone popped the question this festive period, the Wedding Fair at Warren House is your chance to start planning your big day. It’s on from 12noon – 3pm and there will be Prosecco and canapés.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
■ Theatre Royal Windsor ■ Sun 19 Jan

With the theme of all things terrible, perhaps you could take a guess at just what kind of jokes will feature in Jimmy Carr’s latest stand up show?!

FAMILY EVENT: Torchlight Tour
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Mon 20 Jan

Head to Brooklands for a special tour as night falls. Warm clothes, sensible shoes and a torch are highly recommended as an expert guide leads you through the Motoring Village, Stratosphere Chamber, Test Hill and the Members’ Banking.

TALK: Susie Dent Presents The Secret Life of Words
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Mon 20 Jan

Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day with the queen of Countdown’s queen of dictionary corner.

THEATRE: Ten Times Table
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 20 – Fri 24 Jan

Photo Pamela Raith

If farce is your fing: Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy follows the increasingly raucous attempts of a village committee to organise the first Pendon Folk Festival.

MUSIC FOR KIDS: Mozart & Muffins
■ The Guildhall, Guildford ■ Tue 21 Jan

Have a taste for classical music and keen to get your little ones on board? This morning of music is aimed at pre-schoolers and features live classical music, tea and cake. Perfect!

DAYS OUT: Lightopia Festival London
■ Chiswick House, Chiswick ■ Wed 22 Jan – 1 Mar

Lightopia Festival London illuminated peacock

January can be a bit bleak so flick the switch and let there be light. Lightopia is coming to Chiswick House for its annual illuminations and the show is expected to be bigger, better, and uses more light bulbs than ever before. No one will be able to make a cuppa in West London but it’ll be oh so worth it.

BABY THEATRE: Little Star Baby Show
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Wed 22 – Sat 25 Jan

Using puppetry, music and captivating visuals to delight an audience targeted for 6-18 month bubs, meet Little Star as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds.

MUSIC: Mengyang Pan – piano recital
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre  ■ Fri 24 Jan

Pianist Mengyang Pan has performed in some of the best venues in the UK including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall – and here she brings her concert to Cranleigh. She’ll perform Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev and Chopin.

TALK: An Audience with… The Rev Richard Coles
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Fri 24 Jan

Best known as the regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme and 2017 Strictly Come Dancing contestant, join the reverend as he is interviewed by political interviewer and writer Iain Dale.

DANCE: Spirit of the Dance
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 25 Jan

Spirit of the Dance celebrates 21 fabulous years as one of the most successful dance shows ever. Expect an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish dance combined with dance styles from round the world.

MUSIC: Leather and Lace
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 25 Jan

This 7-piece rock band brings all those classic rock anthems and power ballads to the stage including music from Bon Jovi, Starship, Heart, Queen, Cher, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith and more.

MUSIC: From Hot Jazz to Swing with the Enrico Tomasso Quartet
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Sat 25 Jan

Return to the roaring twenties for this alternative Burn’s Night concert in association with Guildford Jazz. Trumpeter Enrico Tomasso will perform music by Fatts Waller, Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson and others, alongside his quartet. 

EXHIBITION: David Hockney – Ways of Working
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ opens Sat 25 Jan – Sun 19 April

David Hockney, ‘Portrait of Sir David Webster’ 1971 © David Hockney. Photo Credit Richard Schmidt

An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, spanning six decades of creative output.

WORKSHOP: We Make Pots!
■ Compton Village Hall, Watts Gallery ■ Sun 26 Jan

Just as Mary Watts did in her weekly pottery workshops, head to the Village Hall to make your very own terracotta pot. The pots will be on display at the Art for All exhibition in June 2020!

COMEDY: Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sun 26 Jan

Everyone’s favourite crazy-haired comic reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. Makes sense!

THEATRE: Jane Eyre
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 28 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of one of the greatest works of English fiction comes to Guildford. Jane Eyre is the famous portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom.

BALLET: Moscow City Ballet presents Swan Lake
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Wed 29 – Thu 30 Jan

One of the most famous ballets in the world performed by the most celebrated ballerinas globally, the choreography, interpretation and sensational performances will make this a trip to remember.

FUNDRAISER: Charlie Grainger Fundraiser
■ Pirbright Village Hall, Woking ■ Thu 30 Jan

This event is to help raise money to help local 10-year-old boy Charlie Grainger – who is a quadriplegic – get the specialist therapy and care he needs. There will be music, workshops, pampering and stalls as well as an auction and fashion show.

COMEDY: David Baddiel – Dolls Not The Trolls
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 31 Jan

David has stories to tell of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. All with a comedic twist, naturally!

COMEDY: Manford Comedy Club
■ The Exchange, Twickenham ■ Fri 31 Jan

Manford’s Comedy Club was launched by comedian Jason Manford and his brother Colin with the aim to bring comedians from the UK circuit to small towns and cities across the country. The show features up and coming performers as well as more well-known names!

MUSIC: Mercury
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Fri 31 Jan

This dynamic theatre production emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man, recreating the distinctive Queen experience. We will rock you!

THEATRE: Sinderella
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 31 Jan

Calling all Ru Paul Drag Race fans! The show’s Stacy Layne Matthews is coming to Camberley as the Fairy Drag Henny. This is a panto perfect for adults only!

EXHIBITION: The Show Goes On – A Theatre of Portraits by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends 23 Feb

Simon Davis, Supercollider, oil on board

Cabaret and showmen, actors, comedians, musicians, dancers and playwrights will all appear in this series of paintings by current members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Expect to see portraits and studies of faces including Sammy Davis Junior, David Morrissey, Tilda Swinton and Celia Imrie.

EXHIBITION: Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 12 Jan 2020

This exhibition brings together the significant works of Scottish Colourists S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, G.L. Hunter and F.C.B. Cadell. The works include paintings and drawings which represent all of the favoured subjects of the artists such as still-life, interior scenes, landscapes and portraiture.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Abba – Super Troupers
■ O2, London ■ ends 21 Aug 2020

Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (6 Dec – 21 Aug 2020).

EXHIBITION: Polesden Voices
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ until 22 July

Find out the stories of the people who lived and worked at Polesden Lacey over the last century in this exhibtion. It’s open daily in the house from noon and from 11am on weekends. Normal admission applies.

EXHIBITION: William Orpen: Method and Mastery
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends 23 Feb 2020

William Orpen RA (1878-1931), Le Chef de l’Hotel

 Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, the Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen KBE RA (1878 – 1931) is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. Featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings, this exhibition provides new insights into Orpen’s evolving and innovative artistic process.

EXHIBITION: William Blake
■ Tate Britain, London ■ ends 2 Feb 2020 

Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale.

EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
■ V&A Museum, London ■ ends 8 March 2020 

Curated in collaboration with the lauded avant garde Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, this will feature some of Walker’s seminal, fantastical images from his 25-year career, featuring major celebs including Kate Moss, Sir David Attenborough, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Björk and many more. You can also see 10 new photographic series created for the show, by Walker, influenced by the museum’s exhibits.


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