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THEATRE: The Croft
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Mon 16 – Sat 21 March

Copyright: Charlotte Graham

Based on a true story, two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille in the remote Scottish Highlands. The weekend getaway takes an unexpectedly scary turn when the women get drawn into the dark history of the Croft.


THEATRE: Priscilla Queen of the Desert
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 16 – Sat 21 March

Well-loved drag musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert comes to Surrey with Strictly winner Joe McFadden. Don’t expect all the bitchy cutting wit of the original film but do expect dazzling costumes, dance floor classics, a poignant backstory and plenty of feel-good fun to get you in festive mood.


EXHIBITION: Two Painters at the Crossroads: Geoffrey Pimlott and Colin Merrin
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tue 17 – Sun 29 March

This exhibition displays Geoffrey Pimlott’s asymmetric abstracts alongside fellow artist Colin Merrin’s sociopolitical visual contrasts of split narratives, ambiguity, and fractured meanings. A must-visit for any keen art fan!


FESTIVAL: Guildford Jazzfest ’20
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 20 – Sun 22 March

With a whole weekend of music from leading UK jazz, latin and funk artists plus a Gala concert featuring internationally renowned artist Iain Ballamy, a Surrey Young Jazz Musicians of the Year concert, a history of jazz talk and a film with live music accompaniment, plus brunches, lunches, cream teas and cake, what’s not to like?


■ Harbour Hotel, Guildford ■ Sat 21 March

The Love Wine Festival is back for another year and if a festival was ever made for us, this would be it. With around 30 exhibitors, sample over 200 wines (spittoons available, if that’s your thing!), meet wine experts and attend a Wine Walk or masterclass to really polish your expertise. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of food available too to add to your day of tipples!


FAMILY FUN: Mother’s Day Weekend
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge ■ Sat 21 – Sun 22 March

It’s time to treat mum! Head to Hever Castle to wander around the 125 acres of land before sitting down to a luxury afternoon tea. What’s not to like? To occupy the sprogs, there’s also a free craft workshop where they can make their own keyrings. A gift for mum, perhaps?


KID’S SHOW: The Sooty Show
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sun 22 March

Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy! Get a healthy dose of nostalgia and introduce your little ones to the classic kid’s TV classic. Join Sooty and the gan for all things flying cars, singing unicorns and levitating sausages – yes, really!


MUSIC: Elaine Delmar
■ Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond ■ Sun 22 March

After selling out her first appearance at the Orange Tree, one of the great British jazz voices of all time brings to Richmond her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.


EXHIBITION: Norman Ackroyd: Etching the Archipelago
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ now until 19 April

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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