Cranleigh Arts Centre – October 2019

With everything from kids’ crafts to live music, Cranleigh Arts has a fantastic array of events and activities lined up this month. Doors open 45 mins before evening events, so why not head down early and pick up a drink before the show? You are welcome to bring refreshments purchased on the premises into the auditorium to enjoy during the performance.

Spoken Word: National Poetry Day with the 1000 Monkeys
Tuesday 3 October, 7.30pm

October 3rd is National Poetry Day and the 1000 Monkeys and other local poets will be celebrating it in the Crane Room. The theme will be Truth. Come along for an evening sharing poems relating to this theme: they could tell an important truth, deliver a home truth, or – maybe – tell a very big lie. This will be a relaxed, friendly night, cabaret style, hosted by Janice and Dónall, featuring local poets and an open mic for readers from the floor. The bar will be open and entry is free. Share poems you’ve read and loved, or poems you’ve written. All welcome!
Free Entry

Film: Red Joan (12A)
Thursday 3 October, 8pm

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia. “Judi Dench gives a subtle and deft performanceThe Independent
£8.25; £7.15 Friends; £5.50 for under 25s

Theatre: Three Men in a Boat
Friday 4 October, 7.30pm

After the huge success of Old Herbaceous, Kick In The Head productions are back with a rip roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, starring Giles Shenton as Jerome K Jerome. Jerome recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats!
“Pitch-perfect comedy” The Telegraph
“95 minutes of pure delight.” Opening Night Review

Kids Craft: Paint a Spooky Tree
Saturday 5 October, 2pm – 3pm

Do you love to get creative with paints? Make your own mini-masterpiece ready for Halloween. Local artist Miriana D’ambrosio has plenty of fabulous design ideas to help spark your imagination. All materials provided! Suitable for ages 5+
£6 per child

Workshop: Community Drum Circle
Saturday 5 October, 2pm

We are delighted to welcome Ray Watters back for another fun-packed community drum circle. This fun, noisy, family friendly event is open to everyone and anyone. No musical experience is necessary, and all drums and percussion are provided. There are no wrong notes and no mistakes. It is all about taking part and having fun so come along, grab a drum, and have a go! “The session I attended at Cranleigh Arts was exciting, energetic and empowering all in one! Come along and get your toes wet in the fabulous world of drumming” – Bill Bruford, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Talk: Alan Johnson: In My Life
Saturday 5 October, 7.30pm

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs selling half a million copies to date. Inspired by his latest book, In My Life, in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has sound tracked his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 50s to becoming a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.

ROH Live: Don Giovanni
Tuesday 8 October, 6.45pm

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Approx running time: 3 hours 30 minutes
£19.75, £15.50 under 25s

Music: Robert Habermann: Mad about the Movies
Friday 11 October, 7.30pm

Award-winning singer Robert Habermann tells the incredible story of The Hollywood Musical. From the moment Al Jolson uttered the immortal words; “You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!” in the first ever talking picture to Walt Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘Mary Poppins’, via the musicals of Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Gene Kelly. The show features movie hits by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and many more, climaxing with a medley of 20 Oscar-winning songs.

Family Show: You’ve Got Dragons (Based on the book by Kathryn Cave)
Saturday 12 October, 2pm

‘Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn ‘round… and they’re there.’ Lots of people get them. Sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? This highly visual production is a humorous and sensitive exploration of the dragons we all face. Featuring creative captioning, BSL and audio description, it’s for the whole family. And remember… ‘No dragon is more powerful than YOU!’
Approximate duration 50 mins. Suitable for ages 3-10; babes in arms welcome.
£10 adult, £8 child

Music: Stacy Mitchhart
Saturday 12 October, 8pm

Feel-good, warm southern music from Nashville’s classy blues man. A songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Stacy plays a range of guitars, including lap steel and cigar box, but his main thing is the show. He’s a genuine high-quality live act, bestriding stages with his big warm personality and flamboyant style. The music cuts across soul, country and rock, but the blues is the core, and his shows always leave audiences wanting more. His superb guitar skills have seen him win many awards, including the prestigious Albert King Award. His masterful playing, audience interaction and humour make this an evening not to be missed!
£16 in advance, £18 on the door

Workshop: Pottery with Shelley Bock
Thursdays 17 October – 14 November, 6.30pm – 9pm

Discover the versatility of porcelain paper clay. Create beautiful decorations for the home and gifts for Christmas. For more details and booking contact Shelley on 07527 908065 or email
5 Week Course: £130

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12A)
Thursday 17 October, 7pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst, and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
£17.50, £14.50 under 25s

Film: Rocketman (15)
Saturday 19 October, 2pm & 8pm

‘Rocketman’ is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.
“A sequin-encrusted delight.” Empire Magazine
£8.25; £7.25 Friends; £5.50 for under 25s

ROH Live: Don Pasquale
Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate the story remains. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Approx running time: 2hrs 30mins
£19.75, £15.50 under 25s

Classical Music: Ashley Fripp (piano)
Friday 25 October, 7.30pm

W. A. Mozart Sonata in A minor, K. 310
F. Liszt Three Concert Etudes, S. 144
i) Il Lamento
ii) La Leggierezza
iii) Un Sospiro
R. Schumann Arabesque in C minor, Op. 18
F. Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
This performance is kindly sponsored by Killik & Co Charitable Trust
£15, £10 under 25s

Music: U2 Tribe & REMbrandt
Saturday 26 October, 8pm

U2 Tribe replicate the sound, energy, look and feel of the biggest, most successful and probably the best band in the world. They play all the best-loved U2 hits with their very own “Bono” and “Edge” who will blow you away! REMbrandt take all the best REM songs and recreate them live with accuracy and spirit. If you love REM, you will love REMbrandt!
£13 standing, £15 balconies

Theatre/ Storytelling: Night Terrors
Wednesday 30 October, 7.30pm

Spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors. Masterful storytelling from Gerard Logan (Wilde Without the Boy), who from the deceptive comfort of an easy chair will transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb. E. F. Benson is now most famous for his humorous series of novels exploring the world of Mapp and Lucia, but in the mid-twentieth century he was more renowned as the author of what he called “spook stories”. The tales are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable. Night Terrors will be directed and dramatised by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong.

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