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  • Your Festival Wedding

    Goodie bags, heel-guards and the power of bacon: 10 essential tips from the Muddy award-winning, Beautiful Bells.

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    The Muddy Book Club – September’s best new reads

    Read all about it! Muddy's professional bookworm Kerry Potter burrows into this month's best literary offerings. Make some space on your bedside table pronto!

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    Muddy staffers’ reading lists

    Attention bookworms! We've got holiday literary inspiration for you - here are the top tomes Muddy staffers will be squeezing into their suitcases this month.

  • 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

  • Beach reads bonanza!

    Sunglasses on, sunlounger primed, children gagged - it's Muddy's best holiday books! Kerry Potter picks her top 10 reads for this holiday season.

  • Salome, Stratford

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

  • It’s Just an Illusion

    Use your 'imagination' to join the dots in the first major UK exhibition of 'Op Art' at Warwickshire's Compton Verney this summer.

  • 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!

  • HOT NEW SPRING EXHIBITIONS

    You can't beat London's museums for a culture fix. So unleash your inner Brian Sewell and check out these must-see Spring exhibitions - featuring Grayson Perry, Hockney and, um, Arnie's Terminator suit.

  • FUNNY GIRLS

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

  • The Muddy Book Club: April’s best reads

    Seeking literary inspiration? The Muddy Book Club is here to help, so clear some space on your Kindle or bookshelves pronto!

  • REVIEW: THE RED SHOES

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

  • The Muddy Book Club: March’s best reads

    Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy's professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller.

  • 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.

  • 5 unmissable Oscars moments

    The 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry's finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered... or, at least, thought they'd conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo. Didn't get to see it? Here's Muddy's two-minute Oscars digest.

  • Hey Midge, nice ‘tash!

    We love an ’80s rockstar here at Muddy. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they enjoy reminiscing about their worst ever haircuts (and neckerchiefs) and they always have great yarns about that time they got hammered back in 1984. Midge Ure,  Ultravox singer, Band Aid co-founder and genial Glaswegian, is no exception. He’s playing ace local festival […]

  • We love Clover

    She’s lived all over the world, but author Clover Stroud is now back home in Oxfordshire, so we’ve tapped her up for her local recommendations.

  • Whistler at Mottisfont

    Youthful, at ease, dreaming, his athletic limbs lounging in the Mediterranean sun — the young man poses for society photographer, Cecil Beaton. His name is Rex Whistler. Born a humble builder’s son he is now an artist fêted from Broadway to British High Society and one of The Bright Young Things, a fast-living group from the roaring twenties much-like Radio One’s Grimmy […]

  • Midlife movie alert! ‘T2 Trainspotting’ arrives Friday

    Where were you in 1996? Bursting with enthusiasm for your nascent career? Thrilling at the bright lights of the big city? Tearing up any dancefloor, festival field and gig moshpit you stumbled across? Whatever you were doing, you can’t fail to have clocked the vast cultural impact of Trainspotting. Danny Boyle’s iconic Brit flick of that […]

  • 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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