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FRI 24 - SUN 26 JAN


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.


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!

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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