By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Fancy a night out at the theatre or live music under the stars? From local musos to international acts, Surrey shines the spotlight on evening entertainment.
Theatre and cinema
Talented local performers join big-name acts across Surrey’s extensive portfolio of theatres and community arts centres. Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud is a leading regional theatre with a show-stopping programme of entertainment throughout the year. Opened in 1965, the stage sees both established artists and youth groups impress audiences with ballet, opera, comedy and contemporary dance. Check the schedule for film seasons and art exhibitions to add to the cultural feast.
You’ll love the state-of-the-art acoustics at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre, which opened in 1992. The Royal Shakespeare Company has graced the stage, along with the National Theatre. Choose from orchestras, musicals, comedies and tribute shows here, and at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre onsite. The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema brings the glitz and glamour to you in Redhill, with a main auditorium for a range of shows and a boutique cinema showing the latest movies.
Opened in 1965, Yvonne Arnaud theatre stage sees both established artists and youth groups impress audiences with ballet, opera, comedy and contemporary dance
After a wonderful day of shopping and dining in Kingston, catch a touring show at Rose Theatre. Founded by Sir Peter Hall, it was modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside. For more than 50 years, Farnham Maltings Creative Arts Centre has delivered programmes and participation workshops for rural communities. You’ll see everything from razzle-dazzle musicals to rip-roaring comedies. Most of Surrey’s larger towns offer cinemas for a night at the movies.
Live music venues
Many of Surrey’s theatres hold live music shows, especially tribute shows featuring everyone’s favourite stars. You’ll also find local musicians in pubs and bars from the countryside to the bright lights of the larger towns. The Boileroom in Guildford packs a ‘big night out’ punch as an award-winning, live music venue. Delve into Surrey’s underground vibe with fantastic bands and an in-house noodle bar.
From Burn the Floor to the BBC Big Band, G Live is the home of big-name concerts in Guildford. You’ll also enjoy shows just for kids, comedy acts, talks and workshops. Tap your toes to catchy tunes at Watermill Jazz in Dorking and rock the night away with garage and punk bands at Kingston’s The Fighting Cocks. Is opera more your style? Spend a night at Theatre in the Woods in the grounds of West Horsley Place. In summer, this is where Grange Park Opera hosts a season of famous operas.
Delve into Surrey’s underground vibe at The Boileroom in Guildford an award-winning, live music venue with fantastic bands and an in-house noodle bar
For an evening of rolling in the aisles, Surrey offers a range of comedy clubs guaranteed to give you some jolly good laughs. Crack Comedy Club resides at The Grey Horse in Kingston, while Guildford’s Boileroom hosts monthly Kick Back Comedy nights. The giggles available at G Live revolve with the programme, however, Hellfire Comedy Club is a regular. Dorking Halls hosts the hilarious Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club monthly.
As you probably know, Surrey is well known for having its fair share of racecourses and it’s not all about daytime action. Epsom Downs, Kempton Park, Lingfield Park and Sandown Park all hold twilight race meetings between March and October. At the height of the season, look forward to music concerts that attract top performers. In the past, the stages saw the likes of UB40, Pete Tong and Craig David.
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