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  • The funniest show on TV is back

    The Cotswolds is all creamy stone cottages, exquisite gastropubs and picture perfect villages, right? Erm...

  • The 5 best books out February

    Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has got five Feb fancies for your delectation. Read all about 'em - and then win the lot!

  • Is it getting hot in here?

    Apply a cold compress and loosen that corset! It's historical hunk time in film and telly (well, hello, Rufus Sewell!), with three new sizzling period dramas to look forward to.

  • Book now! The 2020 cultural picks you must not miss

    There's a ridiculous amount of amazing art, books, film, TV, music and theatre landing this year. Muddy's culture vulture Kerry Potter picks out the best of the bunch.

  • 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’s 10 best books of 2019

    So many rip-roaring reads, so little time. But Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has made it easy for you - here's her definitive list of the year's best books. Get stuck in!

  • Lights, camera…

    Waddesdon! The National Trust's 'Jewel in the Crown' shines bright with its Christmas Light Trail. Read my insider tips on what to see while you're there.

  • 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.

  • The best children’s books of the year

    From toddlers to teens, we've got the 16 best kids' reads of the year, as picked by our favourite local book shop.

  • 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

  • The 10 dreamiest coffee table books of the year

    Clear space on your coffee table! Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has 10 sexy, shiny visual feasts for your delectation.

  • Are you watching the best show on TV?

    Because no one else in the Muddy office is, except for Kerry Potter. So she'd like to talk to you about it instead. Ready to become totally obsessed?

  • Need a juicy new read?

    Muddy's bookworm Kerry Potter has glorious celeb gossip, literary big-hitters and a must-read on relationships this month. Read all about her October picks - and then win the lot!

  • Tom Gates on stage

    Part play, part living cartoon, part gig, Tom Gates live - in Brighton Wed 2 - Sat 5 Oct - stays pleasingly close to Liz Pichon's best-selling books.

  • 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

  • Awesome Autumn culture planner

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

  • Read THESE this month…

    ... and win 'em all! Curl up into a comfy chair, pour a glass of wine, and dive into a new fab book with this month's hottest new reads.

  • Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here are 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one. Plus FREE Fresh:Art Fair tickets for Muddy readers.

  • Everyone’s talking about…

    Jude Law, baby! Or should that be his itty bitty very pretty papal white budgie smugglers? Banish your other half for five minutes and ogle the trailer in peace.

  • Fancy a bear hug?

    A super-sweet exhibition 'Bears!' from Henley's River & Rowing museum definitely has the cuddle factor for the under 10s. Grab a teddy and go!

  • Mad for ‘Madagascar’

    You wanna move it move it? Grab the kids and hoik them to 'Madagascar' at Aylesbury Waterside from 14 Sept. Here are 5 reasons to book it right now, starting with the X-Factor's Matt Terry.

  • 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.

  • Queen Elizabeth I crown fur teimmed white coat pearls with eyes closed Christ Levine Artist

    Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here's 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one. Plus FREE tickets for Muddy readers.

  • Outdoor cinema in Sussex

    Outdoor cinema in Sussex & nearby 2019

    Find your nearest of 15 Sussex screens and another seven nearby showing outdoor movies this summer

  • June’s juiciest reads

    June's best new books are a corking bunch, including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert's breathtaking new novel. Check out Kerry Potter's reviews - and then win the whole lot!

  • The Importance of Being Earnest Cast Watermill Newbury

    Who the chuff is Earnest?

    Who needs Love Island when you can have Oscar Wilde's 24-hr (Victorian) party people – a group with loose morals, bad manners and a low opinion of marriage.

  • 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

  • Review: The Bodyguard

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

  • madagascar The Musical wooden crate on stage with giraffe lion hippo annd zebra inside

    REVIEW: Wild for Madagascar?

    I like to move it move it! Muddy heads to the first night of Madagascar The Musical to see if Matt 'The X Factor' Terry has roarsome animal attraction.

  • 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

  • INSIDER GUIDE: FOLKESTONE

    This town has not only gained a reputation for its artistic heart - it's also making convincing marks on the foodie map. What more reason do you need to visit?

  • 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

  • Horrible Histories talks to Muddy

    The family favourite is back in Sussex. Muddy spoke to co-director Neal Foster about what grisly goings-on are in store

  • Pick of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

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

  • Summer show

    Somerset's mini version of the RA's Summer Exhibition with all artworks for sale and nothing over £500

  • 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.

  • Street art

    Paintings, prints, photography and more from the cream of British art students around the UK on show (and for sale) at the Atkinson Gallery in Street

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Susie MacMurray

    Barbed wire and hair nets turned into installation art

  • Five cracking good books to take on holiday

    These days, the only time I have to read is in bed and I’m usually asleep before I’ve reached the end of the first page (I’ve been ‘reading’ The Man from the High Castle for over a year now). I am looking forward to having time to sleep, er, I mean read, on holiday though, […]

  • natural history museum

    Perfect pocket guide to London museums & galleries

    In our house, no trip to London is complete without a visit to one of the city’s many museums or galleries but we usually do the same old, same old. This is all about to change: I’ve just got my hands on a copy of the brilliant Museums & Galleries of London by Somerset author […]

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