1 Music. Ben Richards: Coming Home. Following his successful first solo concert in his home town of Bognor Regis, television West End star Ben Richards is back for one night only, singing works from his musical heroes spanning the years. Former Felpham Community College student Ben, who found fame through appearances on Footballers Wives, Holby City and Hollyoaks, as well as making numerous stage appearances in musicals, plays and pantomime, will be performing songs from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars, with a nod to his musical career. The concert is at the Alexandra Theatre on Sunday, July 28, at 7pm. Tickets, at £19, are available through the website at: alexandratheatre.co.uk or call 01243 861010.
2 Event. Living History Day. On the Lower Lawn of Arundel Castle, Living History Days are a wonderful, exciting opportunity to meet a variety of historical characters, such as a knight, pirate and medieval surgeon, and have fun with a range of have-a-go activities, including archery for adults and children over eight. There also will be falconry, face painting and a story teller. As the activities and displays are included in the standard admission price on Tuesday, July 30, from 10am to 4pm, a visit to the fascinating castle and its extensive grounds can be part of a great day out. For details, visit the website at: arundelcastle.org
3 Music. Summer Sunday. The first ‘Summer Sunday’ of the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s summer season introduces multi award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone with an all-new show of her trademark comedy songs and stand-up. As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC One’s John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast. She will be joined by The FB Pocket Orchestra which was started in 2013 as an informal get-together on Thursday nights in a small bar on the south coast; a venue known locally for its jazz, great wine and bohemian atmosphere and the repertoire evolved into an exploration of the canon of early popular music – now the modus operandi. Tickets, which must be pre-booked, from the venue’s website at: wealddown.co.uk, are £30 for adults, £10 for children aged 14 and 15.
4 Comedy. Laughing McGeorge. The final session of eight pre-Edinburgh Festival comedy nights at The George Inn, Felpham, tonight (Friday) features Gary G Knightley and Joe Wells. Knightley’s set is titled Twat Out of Hell and promises to explore topics and people usually off-limits. The Importance of Being Inadequate describes writer and stand-up Wells’ take on political comedy. Entry to both shows, which start at 8pm, are £10.
5 Event. Petworth Festival. The feast of cultural events, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, continues in a number of venues in and around Petworth until August 3. Highlights include Julian Clary, on Friday, July 27; Laura van der Heijden with the Brodsky Quartet, on Sunday, July 29; The Handlebards, with Much Ado About Nothing, on Thursday, August 1; Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, on Thursday, August 1; Duo Diaz, on Saturday, August 3. Full details are on the website at: petworthfestival.org.uk
6 Theatre. Shakespeare at Stansted. Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight and his sparkling comedy of misunderstandings will be brought to life with passion and verve in the gardens of Stansted, near Rowlands Castle. Groundlings Theatre Company will perform Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing in traditional Tudor dress with Romeo & Juliet also played by an all male cast as it would have been in Shakespeare’s time. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed on July 27 and Romeo & Juliet on July 28, with both starting at 7.30pm. Both shows are open air and tickets can be booked in advance at £16 for adults, £12 for children from Groundlings Theatre via the website at: groundlings.co.uk or call 023 9273 7370, on the door tickets cost £2 more.
7 Event. Quatar Goodwood Festival. . It’s not just about the globetrotting equine talent on show at Goodwood Racecourse for the Qatar Goodwood Festival, July 30 to August 3. A new look area called the Earl’s Lawn is set to become the new hub of complementary raceday entertainment, boasting household names from the world of music, beauty and much more. The lawn in the Gordon Enclosure will see Nicky Clarke and his team provide quick hair fixes, beauty retailer Space NK will have a team of beauticians on hand to offer makeovers and mini facials and a DJ set from Mark Crown will keep entertainment at the racecourse live until 8pm. Tickets and hospitality packages for the festival can be bought at: goodwood.com or by calling 01243 755055.
8 Theatre. Dip. Trampolinist extraordinaire Max Calaf is joined by his musical, acrobatic friends for a light-hearted, breathtaking performance in a show celebrating how humans find and connect with each other. Max Calaf Sevé is a contemporary company, performing Europe-wide, creating indoor and outdoor performances. Max is the lead artist alongside Jonah Russell, a versatile dance-acrobat, and Oliver Presman, a level-3 trampoline coach and classically trained musician. The combination of the performers and the diversity of their skills, ranging from acrobatics, free running, music, dance, juggling and comedy, are brought together in an exciting and unique piece. Two free performances of Dip will be outside Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on Saturday, August 3, at 11am and 2pm, as part of Worthing Theatres Summer of Circus.
9 Event. Historic Life Weekend: Harvest. Continuing the series of weekends focusing on different historical angles of the Weald & Downland Museum’s collection, there is a harvest theme on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, with a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as explore the museum. Visitors can find out about the farming year in the past, different ways the harvest was brought in, mechanical and by hand, and how the harvest could be preserved for winter months. Join informal 10 minute talks and chat to the demonstrators about their work at the site near Singleton, north of Chichester. For a detailed programme, visit the museum’s website at: wealddown.co.uk
10 Theatre. That’ll Be the Day. Prepare for a nostalgia extravaganza as the UK’s No.1 rock and roll variety production returns to the Kings Theatre in Southsea with the best of That’ll Be the Day. This special edition of the show presents the most popularly requested songs, impressions and comic sketches from over 33 years of That’ll Be The Day. Featuring smash hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, this is a throwback evening of brilliant entertainment that guarantees to have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over. Tickets for show, on Sunday, July 28, at 7pm, cost £28. Call 023 9282 8282.