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  • Need something to read in the sunshine?

    Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter picks this month's best books. Ignore your family and friends, and get stuck in!

  • Cool video alert!

    It'll make you want to go clubbing immediately. The coolest girl in R&B, Janelle Monáe, is back and we couldn't be happier.

  • Rebel rebel

    We adore this illustrated children's book about kick-ass women, published just in time for International Women's Day. Nab a copy and your daughter will love you forever.

  • Q&A with Joan Iyiola

    The talented actress talks student days at Cambridge Uni, #MeToo and the influence of Black Panther on her Duchess of Malfi at the RSC.

  • 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

  • Muddy Book Club

    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 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.

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    Supercool Nike vid!!

    A high celeb call including Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Mo Farah, plus cultural cool cats Skepta, Dave and J Hus take this frenetic Nike ad to dizzying fun levels. Watch it!

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    The best January reads

    Hiding under the duvet or plonked on the sofa? Don't blame you. Here's what to read while you hibernate.

  • 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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    Top 20 culture picks for 2018

    Want to make the most of 2018? We've curated the best new TV, music, theatre, film, books and art of the year. Get yer diary out!

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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!

  • Muddy reviews: War Horse

    The National Theatre production of War Horse has arrived, so Muddy gallops down to Oxford New Theatre for opening night.

  • Top 10 Non-Fiction Books

    Politics, cookery, wildlife and, er, Princess Margaret are all on the hot list for Xmas, according to the Gerrards Cross Bookshop.

  • Don’t miss this!!!

    Clear your schedule for Friday night - the best TV show on the box is back and it is definitely worth staying in for.

  • Hetty Feather

    A joyful romp in full technicolour — if you like Gifford’s circus, you’ll love NST Southampton's Christmas production of the Olivier Award nominated, West End hit.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Pick of Edinburgh Fringe

    Heading to Edinburgh Festival? Overwhelmed by the brochure? Get a shortcut with my picks of the Fringe

  • 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

  • Fiddler On The Roof

    Chichester Festival Theatre's big summer production starring Omid Djalili

  • Salome, Stratford

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

  • The Buddy Holly Story

    West End hit The Buddy Holly Story is taking early Rock 'n' Roll on tour - get your feel-good fix!

  • 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!

  • 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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