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  • Muddy reviews: Cinderella at the Harlequin Theatre

    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!

  • Muddy reviews: Aladdin at Yvonne Arnaud

    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 […]

  • Muddy reviews: Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure

    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.

  • Muddy reviews: The Wind and the Willows

    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...

  • The goodies, the baddies and the dame at Aladdin in Guildford

    Panto is a uniquely British institution. Oh yes it is. There was no panto for me growing up in rural Australia. Oh, no there wasn’t. But as you can see, I’ve embraced this tradition – and this Christmas I’ll be taking the mini mudlets to see several shows. The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a reputation for producing […]

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