21+ Marvellous Things to Do This March

21+ Marvellous Things to Do This March in SW London and Surrey

All the local theatre, music, art, exhibitions and more to book right now.

Main image: Big Finish (Figs in Wigs) at Battersea Arts Centre (c) Kate Bones

Theatre in March

1 Scarlet Sunday

Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, 28 February – 17 March

Can you truly separate the art from the artist? Art curator Yasmin embarks on a journey delving into the enigmatic life of the late artist Ray Blackwood and uncovers the haunting truth behind the mysterious painting “Scarlet Sunday”. The searing drama Scarlet Sunday explores the blurred lines between art and its creators, questioning our complicity in idolising their creations.

2 Bonnie and Clyde

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, until 2 March

Fearless, shameless, and alluring, this award-winning production has garnered a mass following, much like the infamous pair themselves, and now they are set to take Guildford by storm. Discover the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire nation.

3 Romeo and Juliet

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 2 March – 14 April

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s most famous story, will be re-told through rap, rhythms, and beautiful harmonies at Polka Theatre – perfect for 9-12 year olds.

4 Macbeth (An Undoing)

Rose Theatre, Kingston, 8-23 March

Zinnie Harris’ thrilling new version undoes the narrative we know, and remakes it, examining Lady Macbeth’s trajectory and asking if we have really heard the whole story.

5 The Kite Runner

Richmond Theatre, 12-16 March

This outstanding and unforgettable theatrical tour de force is returning to the UK in 2024. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

6 Peter Pan Goes Wrong

New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 12-16 March

The members of the Cornley Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland?

7 Big Finish

Battersea Arts Centre, 14-27 March

Figs in Wigs make a triumphant return to Battersea Arts Centre after their successful 2021 run of ‘Little Wimmin’, with a London premiere showcasing their unique theatrical blend of live art, comedy and dance.

(c) Kate Bones

8 Faith Healer

Lyric Hammersmith, 14 March – 13 April

Brian Friel’s play has captivated audiences since it first opened on Broadway in 1979, and tells the story of The Fantastic Frank Hardy, who promises miracle cures for the sick and the suffering.

9 Where’s Mrs Ladybird?

New Wimbledon Theatre, 26-31 March

Moon On A Stick bring their signature style to this popular title, combining puppetry with mesmerising music in an interactive adventure. Created with families in mind, this is a perfect first theatre experience for babies & toddlers.

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Music in March

1 The Speakeasy Party: The Jake Leg Jug Band

Ram Jam Records, Kingston, 2 March

Step back in time to a 1920’s and 30’s Jazz bar with this quartet for Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, Gospel and Vaudeville music, featuring two award winning soloists in Alex Clarke and Liam Ward.

2 Epsom Symphony Orchestra

Epsom Playhouse, 2 March

Epsom Symphony Orchestra is proud to present “Elegy & Idyll”, an exciting programme of music by British composers. The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Musical Director Darrell Davison, will be joined by award-winning cellist Ben Tarlton.

3 Counter’s Creek

St Paul’s Church, Clapham, 8 March

Counter’s Creek are a London-based folk band who play mostly original music inspired by the folk music of the British Isles and beyond. Expect foot-tapping jigs and reels, traditional songs and 4-part harmony, dance grooves from Eastern Europe and West Africa and a whole lot more…

4 Adelphi String Quartet

Banstead, 9 March

Internationally acclaimed Adelphi String Quartet will play Britten’s magnificent Quartet No 2 in C major preceded by works by Haydn, Purcell and Bridge. The concert will be at 7.30pm in the Community Hall, Park Road, SM7 3AJ. Tickets cost £20.

(c) Roland Unger

5 Epsom Choral Society Spring Concert

St Martin’s Parish Church, Epsom, 9 March

Epsom Choral Society’s spring concert, English Music For Lent, will be presenting a collection of spiritual works from 20th century composers, reflecting on the crucifixion story – with the main work being Stainer’s ‘The Crucifixion.’

6 Hardwicke Circus

Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, 21 March

Endorsed by Paul McCartney, and having played Glastonbury 2022, Hardwicke Circus are fast building a reputation as the most exciting band to emerge from the UK in recent years.

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Arts & Culture in March

1 Affordable Art Fair

Battersea, 6-10 March

Highlights at the next Battersea Spring fair include: a special exhibition to mark International Women’s Day with feminist-themed Art After Dark Lates; a monumental installation by Argentinian sculptor and architect, Alejandro Propato in the fair entrance; and The Director’s Cut display, specially curated by Fair Director Hugo Barclay.

2 160 years of London Underground Design and Architecture with Mark Ovenden

Sacred Heart Church Hall, Wimbledon, 13 March

This lecture will discuss the evolution the Underground, as it expanded from its earliest days. It will look at Leslie Green’s architecture and the Arts & Crafts movement, Frank Pick and Edward Johnson’s typeface, Charles Holden’s architecture, Streamline Moderne, the Art Deco movement, the New Works Programme, post war austerity/design.  Also, the Victoria Line, the creation of TFL, and the new schemes of today.

3 History Day

West Horsley Place, 16 March

Dr Alison Weir will be among a top line-up of historians, including Daisy Dunn, Jessie Childs and Helen Castor. Enjoy the talks and explore the manor.

5 Angie Lewin: Patterns of Nature

Watts Contemporary Gallery, Guildford, 21 March – 16 June

This spring, Watts Contemporary Gallery presents a solo exhibition of watercolours, prints, textiles and wallpapers by one of Britain’s best-loved artists. Angie Lewin: Patterns of Nature features over 40 works reflecting the artist’s strong connection to the natural world.

Angie Lewin, Frost Garden, wood engraving (c) courtesy of the artist

6 Sounds of Blossom

Kew Gardens, 23 March – 14 April

The first ever spring festival at Kew Gardens will immerse visitors in the spectacular beauty of the season, offering a multisensory experience in one of London’s most iconic living landscapes. With beautiful music and blossom coming together through a unique collaboration with the Royal College of Music, visitors can enjoy a blend of nature and music as you welcome in the new season.

Labernum Tunnel in the Queen’s Garden (c) RBG Kew

7 Home Is Where the Heart Is – Free Family Fun Day

Fulham Palace, 24 March

Explore the lives of the families that lived at Fulham Palace over 500 years and how they made the Palace their home. Get hands-on with their toys collection, dress up as a member of the Victorian Tait family, make your own miniature palace and much more at this immersive family fun day for all.