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  • Review: Fleabag

    The very rude BAFTA award-winning BBC comedy arrives at Warwick Arts Centre with Maddie Rice taking centre stage at the start of a UK tour.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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!

  • Muddy reviews: War Horse

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Dizzy, daft, uplifting Legally Blonde

    OMG you guys! Just back from Legally Blonde starring a clutch of soap stars at the Wycombe Swan - read my verdict, grab your girlies and go, you'll love it.

  • 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

  • Edinburgh Fringe tips

    Get the best from the fest with my handy guide to how to plan your gig-going

  • 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!

  • Spring Mischief: Part I

    An interview with Oppenheimer playwright Tom Morton-Smith about his hotly-anticipated new play, The Earthworks, at the RSC’s The Other Place, Stratford until Sat June 17.

  • The Crucible reviewed

    'Post Truth' politics, bandwagon hysteria... there's much still familiar in Arthur Miller's famous witch hunt play The Crucible, on at Brighton's Theatre Royal until Saturday.

  • 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: The Glass Menagerie, London

    If you’ve ever had a relative nag you about settling down, or a friend who is an unsubtle matchmaker, you’ll get an extra layer of cringe from Tenneesse Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. There’s a great production of the play on at The Duke of York’s Theatre in  London until April 29, directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning John Tiffany and I […]

  • 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: sexy Cinderella story – Nell Gwynn

    It’s International Women’s Day this Wednesday, so a fitting week to see a play about Nell Gwynn, which is on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal till Saturday. You may know her as the orange seller-turned actress who became Charles II’s favourite mistress. What’s also notable is that Nell was one of the first women to appear on […]

  • Muddy Reviews: Ghost – The Musical

    The musical version of Ghost – the classic story of love overcoming the ultimate barrier – is on at The Hawth in Crawley this Valentine’s week and my husband couldn’t wait to take me along. Yeah right. The first hint of an actor breaking into song and he’d be running for the fire exit so I went with my sister-in-law instead. […]

  • 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.

  • The Muddy Ultimate Panto Guide 2016 – Oxon, Bucks and beyond!

    Usually I bring my panto guide out at the beginning of December, but this year some pantos have actually started – yeah, in mid November, people! So I’ve forced Widow Twanky to sit me down well in advance and tell me exactly what’s going on the world of Dick double-entredres, thigh-slapping and he’s-behind-yous. This is […]

  • 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 […]

  • The best family show of summer

    Another year, another Gifford's Circus triumph. This quirky, original, clever, funny village green circus is becoming famous, and having been three times, I would say it's justly so.

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