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  • Your festive guide to the big smoke this Christmas

    Eat, drink, and be merry in the capital this festive season with our holly jolly hitlist. From glam pop-ups and glittering fairgrounds to cocktails and carols, here's the best of the best.

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

    London's heading into the cooler months with a host of unmissable cultural highlights. Bag yourself the best tickets now with our guide to what's worth seeing in the big smoke.

  • Review: 9 to 5, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

    Can this musical comedy about chauvinism and sexually predatory bosses starring Louise Redknapp be funny in the wake of #MeToo? Muddy takes her 14 year old daughter to find out

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alice in Lockdown – new UK open-air theatre tour

    Looking for some culture to entertain the kids in August? Warwickshire's Heartbreak Productions’ latest family outdoor performance is coming to scenic venues across the Muddy counties.

  • What to watch online this week

    Your weekly boredom buster is here with all the best and brand spanking new TV, film, music and theatre to keep you entertained from the sofa.

  • 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.

  • Staying in? The best of what’s on

    Virtual beauty masterclasses, hot new Netflix releases, high brow theatre (and low brow Love Island) - it's all going on online this week. Stream if you wanna go faster!

  • Festival

    Culture vulture: my June hitlist

    Less time propping up bars means more time enjoying the creative arts right?! Here's what I'm loving this month.

  • The staying in boredom buster

    It's a bit nippy for the sunlounger this week so head for the sofa instead - and get stuck into this week's best new at-home culture picks.

  • To be or not to be, David?

    The Broadchurch star and RSC Associate has been answering your kids' lockdown queries on Shakespeare as part of the #RSCHomeworkHelp initiative - and we're all ears!

  • Stars launch RSC Homework Help

    Today Tamsin Greig, Noma Dumezweni and Patrick Stewart launch RSC Homework Help – the chance for UK students to get RSC actors to help unlock Shakespeare’s plays.

  • REVIEW: The Boy in the Dress

    The RSC’s new musical has it all - David Walliams' magic storytelling, Robbie/Guy Chambers smash hits, and a story that chimes with a modern desire to celebrate difference in a kinder way.

  • Muddy reviews: Cinderella on Ice

    The spins, jumps and lifts in this Wycombe Swan production of the classic fairy tale are frankly jaw-dropping - but then, what do you expect, it's the Russian Ice Stars leading the charge! Read my review, grab the kids and go.

  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong review

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong

    The guys behind the celebrated The Play That Goes Wrong are back with this disaster-filled seasonal comedy

  • Chichester’s bold new Macbeth

    A glass stage, running witches and a fresh take on the lead roles - the exciting new CFT production of Macbeth has plenty of innovations

  • Review: War Horse, Oxford

    Eleven years after it first premiered, is War Horse still first past the post for must-see theatre? Read our brand new verdict from the New Theatre Oxford gala night.

  • Shadowlands at Chichester

    Hugh Bonneville and Liz White star in the latest performance of the bittersweet romance between Narnia author C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham.

  • Dorian Gray on stage

    Strong acting and a contemporary staging update Oscar Wilde's warning supernatural story

  • The Guilty Feminist

    Love the podcast? Good news- we grabbed Deborah Francis-White for chinwag.

  • 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

  • What’s up doc?

    Can't get an appointment at your local GP surgery? Go see one on tour instead! Dr Michael Mosley is rocking up in Wycombe and is on hand to answer all your impertinent questions. Muddy meets him.

  • Lee Mead Q&A

    The Joseph and Holby City star talks career, pinch yourself moments and wardrobe malfunctions to Muddy ahead of his My Story shows coming to Sussex

  • Well, hello young man!

    It's a Dirty (Dancing) job, but someone's got to do it. Muddy meets Michael O'Reilly, sultry star of Dirty Dancing. Catch him at Wycombe Swan next week (but don't throw watermelons at him, he doesn't like it).

  • Your unmissable 2019 culture planner

    Want to make the most of 2019? Muddy's culture vulture Kerry Potter has curated the best new TV, music, theatre, film, books and art of the year. Get yer diary out!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Dirty Dancing on stage, Dirty Dancing on tour, Dirty Dancing review, Dirty Dancing theatre review

    Dirty Dancing on stage

    A true-to-screen production of the well-loved film hits the stage in Sussex at the start of its tour. Grab a watermelon and go

  • War Horse

    Michael Morpurgo's story about a boy and his horse during WW1 is awe-inspiring. We caught up with lead actor Thomas Dennis.

  • Me and My Girl

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

  • Birdsong on stage

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fun for all Human Beans

    Muddy Review: The first 2017 Xmas show reviewed – The Borrowers at The Watermill Theatre is utterly captivating whether you're big or small.

  • 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

  • Funny girls

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

  • Review: Seussical the Musical

    Join the Cat in the Hat for a Dr Seuss mash up that's bold, bonkers and utterly brilliant.

  • 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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