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Are you looking for an evening out or maybe something different to do at the weekend?

Well look no further. Here you'll find a range of events taking place in Surrey and the surrounding area.

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1-8 September   The Height of the Storm - Richmond Theatre

The Height of the Storm is a beautifully compelling family drama. André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. A bunch of flowers arrives, but who sent them? A woman from the past turns up, but who is she? And why does André feel like he isn’t there at all? 

This production at the Richmond Theatre stars two of the greatest actors of their generation  - Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins.


6-8 September   Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest, direct from the West End can be seen in Guildford.

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into an all-singing, all-dancing production with hilarious results.

The Showstoppers have delighted audiences with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

So whether you fancy Hamilton in a haberdashery or Sondheim with superheroes – you suggest it and The Showstoppers will sing it!


8th September     Close Up Magic - Epsom Playhouse

Prepare to be amazed! An Epsom Playhouse regular, Close Up Magic is one of the most impressive forms of the art and this unique format showcases some of the best and most skillful exponents.

How is this show different? Audiences get to experience the magic in an informal, close up setting, often taking part themselves and witnessing the impossible from only inches away.

This intimate evening of close up magic, trickery and sleight of hand is on Saturday 8 September at the Epsom Playhouse.


9 September   Illustrated talk - Queen Victoria - Richmond Theatre

Queen Victoria: a little old lady, spherical in shape, dressed in black, perpetually grumpy.  Right?  Historian Lucy Worsley wants to make you think again. 

Meet a complex, contradictory woman who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.  Lucy's illustrated talk takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.

This illustrated talk about Queen Victoria is at the Richmond Theatre on Sunday 9 September.


6-9 & 13-16 September   Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

For example you can discover RAF Kenley, the most intact fighter airfield from World War II or visit Buckland Windmill the only surviving wind-powered sawmill in the UK, with a circular saw and lathe.

Heritage Open Days 2018 will be over two weekends 6-9 & 13-16 September


8 - 15 September   How to Hide a Lion - Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

A story for the kids at Wimbledon's Polka Theatre. Helen Stephen’s magical book "How to Hide a Lion" comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.

When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down.

It's being performed at the Polka Theatre from Saturday 8 to Saturday 15 September


18 - 22 September   Evita - Hawth Theatre, Crawley

Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron.  EVITA follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.


19 September   Joe Pasquale - Epsom Playhouse

Joe Pasquale burst on to our TV screens 30 years ago on ITV’s New Faces.  Now he’s on his 30th anniversary tour ‘A Few Of His Favourite Things’. It's a celebration of his career so let your inner child loose and learn to laugh and play again. 

WARNING: This show may contain nuts and Joe may say the word fart. You can see him at the Epsom Playhouse on Wednesday 19 September.


21 September   Jacqui Dankworth - Electric Theatre Guildford

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK.

Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences.

You can see her at Guildford's Electric Theatre on Friday 21 September


There was an Old Lady who Swallowed A Fly

22nd September 2018 - Epsom Playhouse

and 29 September - Camberley Theatre

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly...

But The People’s Theatre Company do!

And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' best selling book!

This magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun.

It's at the Epsom Playhouse on Saturday 22 September and also the Camberley Theatre on the 29 September


23rd September   Benedict Allen - Epsom Playhouse

In a brand new show, the adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea. He filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing.

Benedict will recall the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe.

You can see him at the Epsom Playhouse on Sunday 23 September


26 - 28 September   Open House London

Your chance to see inside many of the historic buildings in London.  Highlights include tours of 10 Downing Street (pre-book) the roman house and baths in Billingsgate and the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand. This event takes place over the weekend of 26 - 28 September


28 September - 21 October   Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree - Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

At the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, one for the children. Near the foothills of the Himalayas, three orphans open a magical book under a Banyan tree. They were told the book wouldn’t give them answers but they’d learn from it.

In this performance of "Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree", stories of headstrong crows, old lions and devious jackals come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.

It's being performed on various dates from the 28 September to 21 October.


28 September    When the Cat's Away - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

It's 1914 and the militant campaign for women's vote is at its peak. Helen, a former suffragette, returns to the quiet village of her youth and the charms of the Fernstead Players amateur dramatics.

But when a charismatic leader of the Actresses’ Franchise League swoops into Fernstead, a plan is hatched to spread the ‘advanced views’ of the ladies.

The village – and the lives of its women and men – will be forever changed. 
 
This beguiling comedy drama is inspired by stories, songs and spirit of the women who won the right to vote a century ago.

You can see this play on Friday 28 September at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.


 

26 June     Watermill Jazz - Dorking

If you want some jazz - every Tuesday evening you can see a range of top UK and international artists perform live at Watermill Jazz. 

Next Tuesday, 26 June, you can see the Peter Horsfall - a singer, trumpet player, songwriter and producer based in London. For this concert, Peter and his band will play selections from his debut album Nighthawks, which was released in 2017 to critical acclaim

It takes place at Betchworth Park Golf Club, near Dorking.