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MON 13 - SUN 19 JAN

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?!

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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