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Things to do: this weekend


THEATRE: Educating Rita
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 9 – Sat 14 March

When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course, she has no idea where the journey will take her. Her tutor Frank isn’t enthusiastic about taking her under his wing, but they soon realise they can learn a lot from each other. This adaption of the multi award-winning  film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine is guaranteed to be a hit!

MUSIC: Fascinating Aida
■ Dorking Halls ■ Tues 10 March

Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour. Expect comedy, cabaret and some moves along the way! With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song, how can you possibly miss them? If you miss the Dorking show, they’ll be at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Wed 25 March and G Live in Guildford on Thurs 26 March. 

EXHIBITION: Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ Tue 10 March – Sun 31 May

Two centuries after his birth, this exhibition featuring works by J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and other leading artists of the nineteenth century, examines art critic Ruskin’s legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator.

THEATRE: The Kite Runner
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tue 10 – Sat 14 March

Adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s hugely popular novel, The Kite Runner follows the story of two young boys living in Afghanistan. A beautiful afternoon in Kabul is the setting for the annual kite flying tournament, but no one could predict the horrifying turn of events that change the boys lives forever.

THEATRE: Matthew Bourne’s Production of The Red Shoes
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Tue 10 – Sat 14 March

What happens when you live to dance but your ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire the passion? The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. With music by golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, this is sure to be a fantastically whimsical night.

SHOW: Friends! The Musical Parody
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thu 12 March

Who doesn’t love Friends? Here at Muddy, we still love to watch the reruns! Head to Dorking Halls for this musical on-stage adaption of one of the most famous sitcoms of all time. Pivot… Pivot!

COMEDY: Lucy Porter – Be Prepared
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 13 – Sat 14 March

At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot, but life is a little more complicated than that as she soon realised. As seen on Would I lIe To You and QI, rising comic Lucy Porter is a hoot!

Boyzlife Tour 2020
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Fri 13 March

Fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two come together for the first time with a full-band production show which features Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. Expect to hear top tunes from both bands.

ART: Contemporary Arts Fair
■ Sandown Racecourse, Esher ■ Sat 14 – Sun 15 March

The largest art fair outside of London is returning to Surrey! The Contemporary Arts Fair brings together over 160 emerging and established contemporary artists and galleries, all of whom will share their impressive work at Sandown Racecourse. Artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, and ceramicists from across Europe will be there, so it’s a must-attend event for every creative! Tickets are just £8 when booked in advance (£10 on the door).

SHOPPING: Vintage Fashion Fair
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 14 March

Love yourself a secondhand bargain or hate wearing the same as everyone else? Head to this vintage clothing dream setup with options as old as the 1900s! Shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles will also be up for grabs and entry is just £2.

EXHIBITION: Norman Ackroyd: Etching the Archipelago
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ opens Fri 28 Feb – 19 April

St Kilda Morning, Norman Ackroyd, Etching and Aquatint

Watts Contemporary Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd, widely acclaimed as Britain’s foremost contemporary etcher and a leading landscape artist and printmaker. The exhibition brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings – including a number of new prints – inspired by the artist’s expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years.

EXHIBITION: David Hockney – Ways of Working
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 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.

LONDON 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.

EXHIBITION: Polesden Voices
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ ends 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.

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).

THEATRE: Time Machine
■ London Library, London ■ until 5 April

The Creation Theatre crew are heading to the Big Smoke! In this moving (literally) production, small audiences will be led through the vast London Library as Time Machine, which explores themes of neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, unfolds. Knowing Creation, it’s bound to be brilliant.

EXHIBITION: Sculpture at Wisley 2020
■ RHS Wisley, near Woking ■ until Wed 30 Sept

An unmissable exhibition of larger-than-life sculptures – The Four Seasons by contemporary American sculptor and filmmaker Philip Haas. Standing proud at nearly 5m tall, the figures are 3-D interpretations of paintings by 16th-century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The exquisitely detailed pieces imagine Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in human form, rendered with exuberant arrangements of seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers and crops.

■ Maddox Gallery, London ■ 2 – 24 Mar

To mark International Women’s Day, this new exhibition aims to redefine the conversation around women in art and raise awareness for brilliant female artists that champion women in their work. Artists exhibiting include Coco Davez, Sophia Tea and Lauren Baker.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk
■ V&A Museum London ■ from 29 Feb

Kimono Kyoto square

The V&A is turning Japanese to pay tribute to the kimono – an icon of fashion, culture, and status. Expect to see the kimono Alexander McQueen designed for Björk to wear in the cover photo for ‘Homogenic’, the Star Wars costumes inspired by – you’ve guessed it! – kimono and how it is worn today. It’s worth booking a ticket in advance because these babies are always super popular.

■ Tate Modern, London ■  13 Feb – 11 May 

I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty above. The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.

THEATRE: Pretty Woman The Musical 
■ Piccadilly Theatre, London ■ until 2 Jan 2021

Pretty Woman finally comes to the West End after a successful run on Broadway. The production has some major creds with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray),  and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, really!).


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