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  • FIRST LOOK: The Boy in the Dress

    Back of the net! Footie, fashion and choreography come together in the RSC's new adaptation of David Walliams' children's novel. Take a peek ahead of next month's opening night.

  • 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.

  • Behind-the-Scenes

    Rufus Hound and Les Dennis join Caroline Quentin, Alexandra Gilbreath and Jonathan Slinger in the RSC's upcoming revival of John Vanbrugh's Restoration comedy at the Swan, Stratford, from Thur May 2.

  • Review: The Bodyguard

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

  • Diary of a Showgirl

    Muddy meets Melissa James, who stars as sultry showgirl Dora Chance, in Emma Rice's racy, "life-enhancing" adaptation of Angela Carter's Wise Children, ending its debut UK tour in Coventry.

  • It’s a Woman’s World

    Muddy has a sneaky behind-the-scenes look at some of the stunning costumes made in Stratford-upon-Avon for the RSC's new gender-switched revival, The Taming-of-The Shrew.

  • 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

  • REVIEW: As You Like It

    A glam punk Touchstone, audience participation, Post It notes and puppetry feature in Kimberley Sykes’ lively take on Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy at the RST, Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • REVIEW: Billionaire Boy

    Will this madcap musical adaptation of David Walliams's best-selling children's book be flushed with success or just bog standard? Muddy rolls up at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre to check it out.

  • 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

  • Review: Sleeping Beauty

    Don't touch the spinning wheel, Princess Belle! Oops too late. Read my review of Coventry Belgrade Theatre's festive show starring writer and director Iain Lauchlan in his 24th panto.

  • Review: The Comedy of Errors

    Local children take to the stage in the RSC's new First Encounters with Shakespeare production for 7 - 13-year-olds combining the floss, yoga and some frenetic family fun.

  • First night: Evita, Wycombe Swan

    Don't cry for me, I love musicals! Muddy heads to the first night of Evita to see Lucy 'The Voice' O’Byrne in action. But was she totalmente increíble?

  • ‘It’s a real action-hero, ‘Marvel’-like play’

    Super-stylish rising RSC talent Amber James on Gregory Doran's Mad Max-style futuristic dystopian Troilus and Cressida.

  • 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

  • Muddy’s 23 best autumn culture picks

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

  • 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.

  • Let’s hear it for the boys

    The musical Jersey Boys, about the rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, has won plaudits a-plenty, but is this one that you should leave to the grannies? Read my review and find out - you may be surprised!

  • West End Kids

    Heading to the Big Smoke this summer hols? Put your feet up while you keep the little people entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre in town.

  • Me and My Girl

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

  • Meet the RSC’s new Juliet

    Grime culture, streetwear and knife crime; Verona takes on a London vibe in Erica Whyman's bang up-to-date new version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • A day at Norden Farm… on a unicycle!

    I rode a unicycle! Ok, so this doesn’t have quite the same iconic weight as ‘I carried a watermelon’ but hey, let me have my moment. On Good Friday, me and the Mudlets spent the day at Norden Farm in Maidenhead experiencing its popular ‘Give it a Go’ day, part of the art centre’s month long […]

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