Live Music, Theatre and Comedy in Surrey this Summer
Hands ups, who’s missed life as we knew it? The irreplaceable energy evoked by live entertainment, and the unity that exists between likeminded folks in the audience is soon to return to our lives. After longer than we could have ever imagined, live music, comedy, theatre and in general, real life events are about to be back on the agenda. Phew! Check out this guide to just a few of the dates that you’ll need to get into the diary pronto. Expect a cascade of culture to enter your life imminently…
GUILDFORD SHAKESPEARE COMPANY OPEN-AIR SEASON / JUNE 17 – JULY 31 / GUILDFORD
Guildford Shakespeare Company announces their return to the stage with their postponed open-air season from last year, featuring She Stoops to Conquer and As You Like It. Surrey’s award-winning theatre company kick-off their outdoor season in June with Oliver Goldsmith’s sublime Georgian comedy of manners, one of the best-loved and most-performed English comedies. In July, the company moves to the former chalk quarry in Guildford’s town centre for Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It
For more information, visit guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
ALFRESCO THEATRE / JUNE 17 – 20 / STOKE PARK, GUILDFORD
Following a successful drive-in tour across April – June 2021, The Alfresco Theatre is swapping drive-in for deckchairs and will be hitting Guildford with a tasty mix of big-screen movies, comedy gigs, live theatre and exciting music acts – all served alongside one-off dishes from some of the UK’s most exciting and well-known chefs!
For more information, visit thealfrescotheatre.co.uk/guildford
HAMLET / JUNE 21 – SEPTEMBER 4 / THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR
Get ready for a new era of theatre as acclaimed director Sean Mathias leads an all-star cast at the Theatre Royal in Windsor later this year. Government guidelines permitting, hopeful audience members will be able to choose on-stage seats, presenting them with the opportunity to experience some truly world-class theatre up-close. Led by Mathias, catch one of the stages best-loved plays performed by a cast that features none other than Jenny Seagrove and Sir Ian McKellen.
For more information, visit theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
PAINSHILL SUMMER LATES / EVERY WEDNESDAY + THURSDAY / JUNE 23 – JULY 22 / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Escape the outside world and head for the intoxicatingly scenic Painshill Park this summer. A purpose-built Victorian pleasure garden, slowly stroll around the park and breathe in the picturesque views while you get away from it all. More importantly, head to Painshill on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and enjoy some live music as the sun goes down. Tickets must be booked in advance.
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
RHS HILLTOP – THE HOME OF GARDENING SCIENCE / JUNE 24 / RHS GARDEN, WISLEY
Protecting the future of plants, people and the planet, the UK’s first horticultural scientific centre of excellence, RHS Hilltop, opens at RHS Wisley this June. Featuring three purposes built laboratories that support research, a herbarium and digitisation suite, two learning studios and a teaching garden, as well as three new gardens that have been designed by RHS Chelsea medal winners, expect to be inspired by the scientific endeavours that the team at RHS are continuously carrying out.
For more information, visit rhs.org.uk
GUILDFORD FRINGE FESTIVAL / JULY 2 – 25 / MULTIPLE VENUES, GUILDFORD
Following a years hiatus owing to you know what, Guildford Fringe Festival will make a welcome return to the fore this summer. Featuring a month of fringe entertainment at multiple venues across the town, expect to find stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, art, music and dance. Watch this space for a full line-up of artists to be announced soon.
For more information, visit guildfordfringe.com
THE RETURN OF LIVE MUSIC AT THE BOILEROOM, guildford
Hands up, who’s been desperately missing the sweaty environs of The Boileroom in Guildford? With live music missing from the agenda for longer than we could have ever imagined, fingers and toes crossed that bands and artists will soon return to the stage. With events postponed and rescheduled numerous times, from July, we can expect some pretty impressive headliners. Book tickets and put a date in the diary for gigs including; Kid Kapichi, The Rifles, Space, Wendy James, Steve Mason, Lanterns on The Lake, The Ataris, Scott Matthews, Lee Scratch Perry, Beardyman, This Is The Kit and many, many more.
For more information, visit theboileroom.net
THE JOCKEY CLUB LIVE / AUGUST 5 / SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE, ESHER
Having postponed last years events, the Jockey Club Live returns this July to provide a day of racing and live music in Esher. Be treated to the sweeter than sweet vocals and melody of Craig David as he performs at the racecourse this summer.
For more information, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk/live
THE LOXWOOD JOUST / AUGUST 7,8, 14 + 15 / LOXWOOD MEADOWS
Hear Ye! hear Ye! The annual and ever-legendary Loxwood Joust returns to the meadows of the Surrey and Sussex borders this August. Be transported, as you drink mead, make merry and indulge in the sights, sounds and senses, to a time when things were treacherous, tough, tenacious and terrifically wicked.
For more information, visit loxwoodjoust.co.uk
SUMMERTIME LIVE / AUGUST 14 / WINDSOR RACECOURSE
Berkshire’s biggest party is back! Bringing the sounds of the Balearic to Windsor Racecourse, this August, Classic Ibiza will be hosting an evening of summertime party anthems. Dance the night away to live music from The Urban Soul Orchestra and DJ’s, and enjoy a festival vibe with performers, karaoke truck, Gin & Prosecco Bars, street food stalls, and much more. With tickets selling quick, book online now to avoid disappointment.
For more information, visit summertimelive.co.uk
PAINSHILL PARK OPEN-AIR CINEMA / AUGUST 20 – 22 / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
What better way to see your favourite movie than by watching it in the open-air and within the gorgeous surroundings of Painshill Park? This achingly beautiful spot in Surrey has been the location for many a film and TV series, but this August, the park will play host to three nights of movie magic.
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
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