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BalletBoyz: Life, at G Live, Guildford, Tues 17 May


Men in tights – what’s not to like!! Life, is a double bill performed by the all-male BalletBoyz company of 10 dancers. And while it’s called Life, loneliness and death are actually the themes that are explored in these dances that come courtesy of choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos. The show features an original score written for an ensemble of nine musicians.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £15-£24.


ROH Live: Frankenstein, at various venues, Wed 18 May


Love a bit of ballet, so Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – via the Royal Opera House, of course – sounds like a good night out to me. It’s the first feature-length production by choreographer and artist in residence Liam Scarlett, and stars some of the best names in ballet, including Laura Morera as Elizabeth and Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein. It follows the familiar story of Victor who creates then abandons a strange creature. It’s dark and expressive. Love it.

The Leatherhead Theatre; Dorking Halls; Harlequin Theatre, Redhill; Farnham Maltings; Everyman in Redhill, Oxted, Esher and Walton; Ambassador Cinema, Woking


Becoming Hattie, in the Mill Studio at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Thur 12 May

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It’s 1974 and eight year old Jo is snuggled up on the settee in her flammable polyester nightie, watching the family’s first colour TV. ‘Sykes’ is on and there, on the screen, is a woman unlike anyone Jo has ever seen – the inimitable Hattie Jacques!  This play has Jo trying to follow in Hattie’s footsteps – despite only getting bit parts on Casualty and never the lead in Shakespeare.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00.


The Merry Wives, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 10-14 May

Northern Broadsides & New Vic Theatre Feb 2016 The Merry Wives by William Shakespeare Directed by Barrie Rutter Designer Lis Evans Lighting Adam Foley Musical Director Conrad Nelson Barrie Rutter/ Falstaff Adam Barlow/Nim Al Bollands/Simple Ben Burman/Pistol Andy Cryer/Ciaus Sarah Eve/Anne Page Becky Hindley/Mistress Ford Nicola Sanderson/Mistress Page Helen Shields Mistress Quickly Josh Morgan/Bardolf John Gully/Evans Roy North/Page Andrew Vincent/Ford Gerald McDermott/Shallow Jos Vantyler/Slender ©NOBBY CLARK +44(0)7941-515770 +44(0)20-7274-2105

This is a lively and inventive version of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, minus the Windsor. It’s set in the 1920s among the tennis and golf-playing bourgeouisie of a Yorkshire town. Sir John Falstaff is past-his-prime and skint! Vain rogue that he is, he attempts, rather clumsily, to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives, but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford get wise to his plan and scheme to exact revenge. It’s said to be unfailingly funny, and I reckon it’ll be a great night out, whether you’re a fan of the Bard, or not.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00.


Russell Kane: Right Man Wrong Age + Support, at Dorking Halls, Thur 12 May Whats12RussellKane

There’s limited availability already for Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age at Dorking Halls so if you’re hoping to see him there, get booking now! This is the brand new show about growing up, and growing down, and, er, why farts will always be funny.

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £17.50.


Gangsta Granny, at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 17-21 May

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. 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. The tour goes to New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 14-18 Sept.

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Tel: 020 8688 9291.


Dancing Queen: The Concert, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Sun 15 May


If you loved the Seventies, you’ll love this. It’s a high octane musical extravaganza featuring the music of Abba. There will be gorgeous costumes, slick dance moves and of course wall-to-wall hits from Abba, Grease. Think Money Money Money, Fernando, Voulez Vous and Summer Nights, You’re The One that I Want. Grab the gals, it’s be a fun night out.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £26.65.



My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, May 28-29

(L-R) Madison Whitley as the Lilac Fairy & Sara Maggini as Nurse perform during English National Ballet school's dress rehearsal of My First - Sleeping Beauty at The Peacock Theatre, London on March 23 2016. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

This is a great introduction to the ballet for little ones, aged three and up. There is a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music. It’s performed by second year students from English National Ballet School. On the Sunday there’s a workshop

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £11-£26.


Jools Holland, at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, June 2


Not just Jools Holland, mind you, but his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra too – and special guestPauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson (remember The Selector?).  There’s also Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Beth Rowley and Gilson Lavis (the original drummer from Squeeze), so there’ll be loads going on as they sing and play their way through Jools’ solo career

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Tel: 020 8688 9291.

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