Have you read Elena Ferrante’s novels? Oh but you must.
The Italian writer, who keeps her identity a mystery, is the author of several brilliant novels, all vivid and austerely honest accounts of the lives, relationships and inner conflicts of intelligent women. Her writing is intimate, immersive and intense. Last year the writer was named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time magazine, and her most recent work – four novels that make up the Neapolitan series – has just been adapted for the stage by April de Angelis into two shows of two-and-half-hours.
It’s showing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and my good friend and long-time Fleet Street journalist John Clarke (The Independent, The Times, the i paper – check out the iQuiz) was there to review it on Saturday.
The musical version of Ghost, the classic story of love overcoming the ultimate barrier, is on at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from tonight. Muddy’s Sussex sister, Debbie, caught the show a couple of weeks ago when it rolled into Crawley. Here’s what she made of it.
No. Muddy hasn’t been hanging with Will and Kate. Nor with Will-i-am. We’re talking about the nation’s greatest poet. This week, Muddy contributor, Zoe Dudgeon, found herself at three of the hottest Shakespeare productions in the country: the Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night at the National Theatre in London and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic in London. Here she gives you the lowdown on all three…
Do you like a good poo joke? I’ll bet you know a child who does.
The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon blasted off at, appropriately enough, the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne recently and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty. It moves this week to G Live in Guildford. Our Muddy Sussex editor, Debbie was at the Hippo launch, and here’s what she had to say about it.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that loads of you love the work of David Walliams and want to see his newest play, The First Hippo on the Moon, which comes to G Live in Guildford next Tues Jan 17 until Thurs 19.
So ladies and gentleman, if I could have a drumroll please, I’ll announce the winner…
The new theatre production of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is blasting off at G Live in Surrey and we’re giving you a chance to get your hot little hands on a family ticket for the show.
We have a set of tickets for a family of four to give away, valid from 17 to 19 January 2017.
If you haven’t booked a panto yet, Cinderella at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill is a real crowd-pleaser. It may even be the ‘one and only’ panto to see this year. And if you had a crush on Chesney Hawkes in the Nineties, even more so.
Ches plays Prince Charming, and what a handsome and charming prince he is. Although has that man been cryogenically frozen and then defrosted just for this show? Because, honestly, he hasn’t aged a day!
Right then. A little confession. When I first came to these fair shores, I didn’t care much for panto. It just seemed so silly and absurd. Another of those funny British peculiarities. And all those ‘it’s behind you’ jokes. Pah!
But that was then, and this is now. And last night’s performance of Aladdin at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford just confirmed my penchant for panto. I think you’ll love it too.
If an all-out Christmas panto is a bit much for your wee small ones, Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure is gentler Christmas show, but one that also asks for a panto-like co-operation from its audience.
It’s a 45 minute show aimed at preschool kids – up to about age five – although the little muddy reviewers who went along were aged eight and six, and they both loved it.
While Lady Muddy Surrey was off having a pre-Crimbo, er, meeting with all the other regional Muddy Stilettos editors on Friday, Mr Muddy Surrey took the mudlets off to see The Wind and the Willows at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
I don’t let just anyone loose on the blog, but Mr Muddy is a serious journo, usually writing quite serious stuff for quite serious publications. And given I was in the land of the original Muddy – Bucks and Oxon – which is nowhere near Kingston, and, ok, let’s be honest, just a tiny bit tiddled by the time the show started, I figured it was probably okay to give him a go at Muddy.
Here’s what he has to say about The Wind and the Willows. Thanks Mr Muddy…