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  • Gotta Have It

    From fashion to flora to fragrant Frida, here are 2018's most gorgeous coffee table tomes.

  • XMAS: Top 10 kids books

    The Top 10 books for kids this Christmas - lovingly chosen by The Book House in Thame, purveyors of one of the top kids sections in the county!

  • The best books of 2018

    Attention bookworms! Put this little lot on your Christmas list and you can thank us later. Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter choose her top 10 tomes of 2018. Has your favourite made the cut?

  • The new John Lewis Xmas ad!

    It's here! The John Lewis Christmas ad has launched with the Rocket Man as its secret weapon for 2018 - but has it hit orbit or crash landed? You decide!

  • Muddy Book Club! November’s new best reads

    It's bloomin' freezing out there so batten down the hatches, commandeer the sofa and get stuck into Muddy Book Editor Kerry Potter's November picks. Plus, win the lot!

  • Review: The Comedy of Errors

    Local children take to the stage in the RSC's new First Encounters with Shakespeare production for 7 - 13-year-olds combining the floss, yoga and some frenetic family fun.

  • Savage X Fenty

    Rhianna's brought out a new 'Savage' Fenty underwear range - and given it some serious separate and uplift with a very cool, slightly otherworldly vid. Wanna see?

  • First night: Evita, Wycombe Swan

    Don't cry for me, I love musicals! Muddy heads to the first night of Evita to see Lucy 'The Voice' O’Byrne in action. But was she totalmente increíble?

  • How He Does it

    The most iconic modern role for a male dancer is the Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - so what does it take to make it? Current Principal Max Westwell, who stars in the ballet next week at the Wycombe Swan, reveals all.

  • Read these! October’s best books

    Clear space on your Kindle! Muddy's pro bookworm, Kerry Potter, has some literary inspiration for you.

  • Review: RSC’s Tartuffe

    BAFTA and Emmy-Award winning TV writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto reimagine Moliere’s great French comedy in modern-day Birmingham.

  • Muddy’s 23 best autumn culture picks

    It's all going on! Behold, your cheat-sheet to the season's best art, theatre, music and film, as curated by Muddy's deeply cultural Kerry Potter.

  • Pick of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

    Heading to Europe's biggest arts festival? Check out these Edinburgh Fringe recommendations

  • Me and My Girl

    Chichester Festival Theatre has another hit on its hands with a fun-filled revival of Me and My Girl

  • Muddy heads to Britain’s Forest Fest

    Midnight gigs, campfire storytelling, outdoor theatre, laughing yoga, fascinating forest talks and no wellies in sight! Timber Festival reviewed.

  • Review: Miss Littlewood

    Seven actors joyously depict the life of charismatic revolutionary British theatre director Joan Littlewood in this new RSC musical at The Swan, Stratford.

  • Outdoor cinema in Sussex 2018

    Make the most of balmy summer nights and the big sporting events with the Muddy round-up of outdoor cinema in Sussex and nearby.

  • Britain’s first forest festival comes to town

    The heart of the National Forest in Derbyshire will come alive this weekend with music, arts, crafts and more at Timber and we can't wait.

  • ABBA: Super Troupers exhibition

    With Mamma Mia 2 hitting the big screen, wallow in some super-group nostalgia at this immersive London show.

  • ABBA Super Troupers

    With ABBA releasing two new tracks and Mamma Mia 2 hitting the big screen, there’s never been a better time to wallow in some super-group nostalgia at this immersive exhibition, extended till July 29

  • Birdsong on stage

    Does the First World War tearjerker's stage offensive pack the same emotional punch as Sebastian Faulk's much-loved novel?

  • Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, V&A

    The world's first exhibition to chart the golden age of cruising is a stunner.

  • Real-life Reads

    Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

  • The Kite Runner play review

    The Kite Runner on stage

    The play of best-selling novel The Kite Runner is on tour, featuring brilliant on stage percussion

  • The Shadow Factory

    Muddy reviews the very first production at Southampton's brand new NST City theatre, a cine-visual feast co-conceived by the video designers behind London 2012's Opening Ceremony.

  • The best video of the year

    Three Grammy's for Kendrick Lamar in this year's awards, including best video for 'Humble'. We'd better watch it then!

  • Theatre for everyone

    From babes-in-arms to kids on the autism spectrum — The Mayflower, Southampton's relaxed performance brings the magic of live theatre to all.

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    Hot French crime drama – Spiral

    If you haven't yet discovered this gritty Paris crime drama with a strong female lead get bingeing now!

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    Gordon House: artist and designer of The White Album

    Gordon House, the designer of the Beatles' White Album grew up in Letchworth. We talk to curator Laura Dennis, ahead of a new exhibition.

  • Rising Star: Dinita Gohil

    Muddy meets the Birmingham actor playing Viola in RSC's new production of Twelfth Night with Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon.

  • The Lost Words & Quentin Blake

    You've only until Dec 17 to check out these two stunning family-friendly illustration-based exhibitions - Quentin Blake's Inside Stories and The Lost Words.

  • Seurat to Riley

    A gloriously trippy afternoon immersed in Bridget Riley, Op Art and eye-popping installations at Warwickshire's Compton Verney.

  • Go see La Cage Aux Folles!

    John Partridge, Adrian Zmed and Marti Webb star in this fabulous musical about a drag star and his partner playing it straight

  • West End Kids

    Heading to the big smoke this summer? Need a few hours to snooze in the dark? Keep the Mudlets entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre in town

  • Salome, Stratford

    A sexually ambiguous version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome with Matthew Tennyson playing the female lead and music by Perfume Genius.

  • 7 of London’s hottest exhibitions

    If you're feeling like a jaunt to London's museums and art galleries over the Whitsun half-term check out one of these must-see shows.

  • Reviews: The Addams Family

    If you're at a loose end this week and want to entertain you, the kids, the partner, your girlfriends, please see this!

  • Funny girls

    Stand-up comedy may be a male-dominated field but watch out fellas, these funny women are coming to Wells

  • REVIEW: THE RED SHOES

    A ballerina sacrifices everything for her art with tragic consequences (but a great night out for the rest of us)

  • Two Outdoor Theatre Events You Won’t Want to Miss

    Pioneering Cornish companies Rogue Theatre and WildWorks deliver drama, myth and magic in the great outdoors. Find out about their upcoming productions and get yourself some tickets booked quick, because they won’t hang around.

  • Whistler at Mottisfont

    Glamour, tragedy and theatrical fairy tales from a doyen of the Bright Young Things.

  • Muddy reviews: Around the World in 80 Days, The Brewhouse

    It was Around the Levels in 20 minutes to get to Around the World in 80 Days at The Brewhouse in Taunton on Saturday. We very nearly didn't make it but I'm so glad we did. The very first in-house Christmas production since the theatre re-opened under new management in 2014 is awesome: fast-paced, inventive, with standout performances, Victorian inspired sets and steam punk costumes. It's warmhearted, full of surprizes – and genuinely funny.

  • Muddy Review: Pride & Prejudice

    Who doesn’t love the story of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy? It’s a story that’s had a long life and numerous interpretations since Jane Austen’s novel was first published in 1813, both on screen and on stage. This Thursday, Regent’s Park Theatre bring their own production to Hall for Cornwall in Truro. Since I’m double […]

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