AS HE sets out to play an ageing Sherlock Holmes, veteran actor Robert Powell is struggling to see any similarities between himself and the legendary sleuth.

“I couldn’t be a detective,” he says. “It wouldn’t appeal to me, not in the Sherlock Holmes mode anyway with the detail and minutiae of his detective work. I wouldn’t have the patience.”

In Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, the great man has retired and is living in a cottage in Sussex, keeping bees and avoiding his old enemies, but Powell, who turned 74 last Friday (1 June) and is probably best known for his 1977 TV role as Jesus of Nazareth, says he can’t see himself in retirement.

“No, I won’t ever retire as such,” he says. “All that would happen is that I’d choose possibly to do less but I will never, ever close the door.”

The production will be at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from Monday 18 June to Saturday 23 June.

Roy Sampson and Robert Powell in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain. Picture by Nobby Clark

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

ELEANOR Conway played to packed theatres on her 100-date Walk of Shame tour across 10 countries last year. Now she’s back playing an intimate show at the tiny Bellerby Studio at G Live in Guildford on Thursday 14 June to test out new material.

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

HITS from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Shania Twain will all feature when A Country Night In Nashville comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking,  on Thursday (14 June).

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

SEX, desire, power and money all feature in the most successful Rodgers and Hart collaboration of all time, Pal Joey. Young performers from Guildford School of Acting will perform the show in the Mill Studio at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Thursday 14 June to Saturday 16 June..

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ALISTAIR Barrie, MC Jon Long, Jenny Collier and Lee Ridley are the names lined up for the Gag House Comedy Club at Guildford’s Star Inn on Saturday 16 June.

Alistair Barrie

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SIX actors will portray 35 different characters, including more than 20 animals, when new musical comedy AniMalcolm arrives in Surrey next month.

Based on David Baddiel’s bestselling book, the show will be at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from June 14 to 16.

For the full story, see the 31 May edition

CIRQUE Berserk! sets out to showcase the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, but bring them bang up to date.

This means more than 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen in a show that features the legendary motorcycle Globe of Death.

This combination of cirque-style artistry and adrenaline-fuelled stunt action comes to G Live in Guildford from Tuesday 12 June until Saturday 16 June.

Picture by Piet Hein Out www.circusphotographer.com.jpg

LOCAL Oasis tribute act played to a packed-out pub at the Pound Pub Co on Saturday 12 May, writes Louisa Magnussen.

The band fought feedback issues in the first half and a slightly dodgy rendition of She’s Electric but came through in style during the second half with classics such as Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova, which a crowd of roughly 40 people sang along to with delight.

The pub was full with revellers and local Pound Pub Co regulars as the band played the same instruments as Oasis and donned the classic sunglasses reminiscent of the original band.

Lead singer Jez Allan said: “We were really pleased with how it went. There was a slight issue with feedback through the monitors during one song in the first set but then after that, it was great and after the gig the feedback we got from the people who watched us was really positive.”

Their clothes, hair and stage presence all matched that of Oasis themselves and lead singer Jez pulled off Liam Gallagher’s signature vocal stylings throughout the show.

After the first half of the two 45-minute sets a local pub goer who had stumbled across the gig said: “I think they’re fantastic and they’d go down well at other venues in the area.”

The band certainly hope so as they gear up for a summer of gigs including The Foresters in Bagshot on Friday 29 June and After Dark in Reading on Saturday 14 July.

WOKING has a healthy presence on the latest Farnborough Groove – Volume 11.

The legendary collections started way back in the early 1990s but, other than the Best Of Volumes 1-10 released in 2016, there hasn’t been a new Farnborough Groove released for 14 years.

It’s worth the wait thought as Volume 11 boasts a massive 40 tracks including half a dozen by Woking’s finest.

Farnborough Groove Volume 11 is available via iTunes.

See the 17 May edition for the full story

NEW York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has announced a mini three-date UK tour this summer and one of the shows is at Guildford’s G Live on Saturday 18 August.

The dates are to celebrate the thirtieth and twenty-fifth anniversaries respectively of her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F by performing both in full, as well as more tracks from a career that has seen her sell over seven million albums worldwide. Expect to hear Luka, Tom’s Diner, Blood Makes Noise and many more.