The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Theatre

Muddy reviews: Real life scandal of Shakespeare’s daughter

23 Mar 2016

A Shakespearean woman accused of adultery… you’re thinking Desdemona, right?

Actually, in this case it’s the playwright’s daughter Susanna, who was involved in a real life public scandal that is recorded in Worcester Cathedral’s records. The story is brought to the stage in The Herbal Bed, written by Peter Whelan and it’s on at the Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday.

The title comes from Susanna’s husband’s role as physician and apothecary and much of the action takes place in the household herb garden – a set that opens up dramatically in later scenes to become a clever approximation of Worcester Cathedral for a form of ecclesiastical trial.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On Sat 19 – Fri 25 March

16 Mar 2016

Silver screen nostalgia, a thespian first and early Easter crafts for you this week. Have a good one!

Restless, photo exhibition, 35 North, North Road, Brighton, Until 16 April

I popped into this exhibition over the weekend and it’s well worth you doing the same. Local photographer John Brockliss captured the stunning images on display in all weathers over a period of five years.

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Muddy Reviews: ‘Toast’, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

15 Mar 2016

I caught Toast last night as it opened at The Connaught in Worthing, where it’s on until Saturday, and can report that it’s a slice of drama that’s well done.

The play, based on writer Richard Bean’s own early experiences, concerns seven men working a night shift in a Hull bread factory in the early Seventies. Among them are an old timer played by Mathew Kelly (yes, really, the one from Stars in Their Eyes), who has worked on the line for 45 years, and a student, new that day, who may not be quite what he seems.

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Shadowlands comes to the coast

7 Mar 2016

Shadowlands, the award-winning stage and screen CS Lewis biopic penned by Sussex’s own William Nicholson is coming home, with theatre performances in Eastbourne and Worthing.

The run for the latest production started in Guildford and Amber over at Muddy Stilettos Surrey went to see it. Here’s her verdict….

Last night I saw Shadowlands and I loved it.

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Alternative Mothers’ Day treats

1 Mar 2016

As Mothering Sunday descends, lucky mums across the land will be tucking into roast lunches or afternoons teas. There are plenty of lovely spots for both across the county but if you hanker after something a bit different this year, check out these alternative treats for size.

Get cultural

There are still tickets left for Copellia, performed by the Vienna Ballet at the Capitol Horsham this Thursday 3 March.

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One-woman show traces roots of hair extensions

29 Feb 2016

A quirky true-life story is just the sort of thing that has me marking a biro circle in a fringe programme. That’s how I ended up seeing Hair Peace just before my flight home last Edinburgh Festival and I was glad I squeezed it in.

The show, on in Brighton this weekend, tells the story of Victoria Melody’s search for the source of her hair extensions – the women behind the locks.

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Review: King Charles III, Theatre Royal, Brighton

9 Feb 2016


It has had West End and Broadway runs, has scooped an Olivier award and now you can see Charles III at the Theatre Royal Brighton. I caught it last night at the start of its week’s run.

This is a political satire billed as a ‘future history play’ directed by Rupert Goold and written by Mike Bartlett, who also penned the recent nail-biter of a BBC mini series Doctor Foster.

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