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  • Best outdoor theatre in Bucks & Oxon

    It's time to venture outside and access some much-needed culture - hurrah! So, without further ado, we present the best outdoor theatre to book now.

  • It’s TV time! What to watch this week

    Roll up! Roll up! We've got true crime documentaries, international football tournaments, fab Netflix films and the Norse God of Mischief for you this week. Pop open the popcorn and settle in.

  • 8 cool new coffee table books

    Can't be bothered to read a novel right now? No problem, have a languid browse through the best new coffee table books instead, with a little help from Abingdon's Mostly Books.

  • Best new books for June 2021

    It's time to get that summer reading list together so we've roped in our friends at The Marlow Bookshop to give us the lowdown on the brand new titles coming out this month.

  • TV you need in your life: what’s on this week

    Finally have an evening in the house by yourself after 15 months of waiting? Crack open the vino and Pringles and enjoy lying flat out on the sofa.

  • Hidden gems: things to do off the beaten track

    So, we all know about Bucks & Oxon's big attractions, but what about the quirky, off-centre delights that tourists pass by? Exactly. So here are some of the best, in all their singular, offbeat glory.

  • 11 outdoor cinemas to book now

    So long, tiny TV screen; hello, massive outdoor cinema with classic films, sing-a-long action and boozy picnics to boot. Here are the best in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

  • The TV keeping us indoors this week

    The last minute trip to Portugal didn’t come off but let’s focus on the positives: namely that there’s loads of good stuff on TV. Here's what Muddy is watching.

  • Shazia Mirza is back in town

    She’s an ex-science teacher - “I hated them, they hated me” - yet former student Dizzee Rascal still calls her Miss. This fierce comedian pulls no punches - we catch up with Shazia Mirza as she heads to Norwich.

  • City slickin’: what’s on in London this summer

    London's shaking off the lockdown cobwebs with a host of awesome events. Bag yourself the best tickets now with our guide to what's on in the capital.

  • It’s TV time! What to watch this week

    Still waiting for your second jab? Dismayed at the weather and the jungle effect it’s having on the weeds in your garden? Well, don’t worry: there’s loads of good stuff on this week so settle down and tune in.

  • Clear the schedule! TV worth watching this week

    Still not quite warm enough to hang around outside all evening without a sheepskin coat, is it? So, get yourself indoors, sneakily hitch up the heating and watch one of these fab shows instead.

  • What’s on the box? 9 shows to watch this week

    Feeling exhausted from too much actual face-to-face interaction? Yeah, us too. So grab yourself a cuppa, a packet of chocolate digestives, and have a bit of one-to-one time with the television.

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2021: the line-up

    There are so many fantastic headliners at Stratford Literary Festival’s brilliant Spring Festival (May 8-16), I don’t know where to begin…

  • Unearth the remote: 9 shows to watch this week

    If you haven’t managed to book yourself a table at the local gastropub but are in the market for some entertainment, look no further: here’s Muddy’s pick of the best telly this week

  • 17 of the best podcasts to listen to now

    Whether you're after an informative deep-dive or a mindless laugh, we've compiled the best podcasts to listen to for downtime, me-time or just pass-the-time.

  • The TV is calling: 7 shows you should watch this week

    Frustrated that every bar and restaurant is now booked-out until Christmas? Well, don't stress: the entertainment is just as good indoors. Pour yourself a gin and grab the remote.

  • Muddy meets actor Zoe Lambert

    Zoe Lambert is making her RSC debut in The Winter’s Tale which never opened on stage due to Covid but has been adapted for TV on Sunday April 25, as part of BBC Lights Up.

  • Best outfits from The Winter’s Tale – the RSC’s first TV premiere

    Muddy takes a first look at the gorgeous Mad Men-inspired costumes and stage design of this postponed RSC period piece for BBC Lights up.

  • Best new books out this April

    What better way to embrace a new season that with a new slew of books? Our friends at The Book House, Thame, have offered up their favourites of the month.

  • Live theatre is back! RSC’s new ‘garden’ theatre & BBC 4 film

    Hot-off-the-press the RSC has today announced two of 2020's major productions postponed in the pandemic will go ahead!

  • Dream a little dream: musician Nick Cave joins RSC cast

    Dream, the RSC's new live online theatre and and gaming tech collaboration opens Fri Mar12 leading the way in future audience experience with singer Nick Cave as 'Voice of the Forest'.

  • Home schooling help: Stratford Lit Fest & the RSC

    Stratford Literary Festival and the RSC have created FREE online home schooling content with top UK authors and actors including Michael Rosen.

  • The artist loved by Obama and the Dalai Lama

    Keep your Turners at The Tate, your Emins at Whitechapel…we're cock-a-hoop to have the latest exhibition by eminent British artist, Nicola Green, right here in Oxfordshire.

  • Book! Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    A 90-minute live streamed performance of this enchanting festive tale by BRB's world-class dancers on Fri Dec 18 will sprinkle you with Christmas cheer - without leaving the house.

  • Muddy’s online panto review: Jack and the Beanstalk

    Curl up on the sofa with a Baileys or under your duvet (as I did) to watch the Belgrade Theatre's fantastic first studio-shot online panto.

  • The RSC’s new Winter 2020 programme

    Kicking off an exciting programme of in-person and live-streamed events is the official launch of The Boy in the Dress cast album, plus Troy Story and Festive Tales.

  • 15 cool things about 2021’s Coventry City of Culture

    ...including The Turner Prize, a weekend of Home Session gigs curated by Terry Hall, a major new theatre commission with the RSC so much more. Seriously, it will be amazzzing.

  • 10 best books for teenagers

    Trying to inspire your teenagers to put down the devices and pick up a boo? The booksellers at The Cobham Bookshop have these suggestions.

  • Review – Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

    Nick Knight's new exhibition at Waddesdon Manor is an absolute blooming triumph, says Muddy's Kerry Yates. Check out her review here, and go go go.

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    Culture queen! My August highlights

    A whole month of lolling in the sun (hopefully) requires a whole host of entertainment. Here are the culture picks I'll be soaking up this August, from must-see art to new albums

  • Culture vulture: my July hitlist

    Missing the theatre and live venues? OMG, me too. Until normal service resumes for the arts world (your guess is as good as mine), here's my personal culture planner for July - podcasts, books, music and theatre. I'll budge up on the sofa, come and join me.

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

    Melly Still and Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières classic novel is a triumph of theatre - turning a glorious mixture of drama, dance, movement and music into a satisfying whole.

  • Review: The Bodyguard

    Alexandra Burke certainly is Queen of the Night in The Bodyguard, now on at the Bristol Hippodrome

  • Party at the Castle!

    Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show - Just can’t Get Enough 80s

  • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

    This isn't Kansas, it's Somerset, in a clever re-working of the iconic tale at The Brewhouse in Taunton

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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.

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