The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 9 – Fri 17 Mar

See that door? Can you reach your coat? Then out you go and create merry mayhem around Sussex with my picks of the week’s best entertaiment.

Pink Mist, Devonshire park Theatre, Eastbourne, Tues 7  to Sat 11 March 

Inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan. As the physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on the loved ones they left behind, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle. The play was first staged at Bristol Old Vic and has good reviews in the nationals. Tickets are from £15.50 (£10 for under 25s).

NT Live: Hedda Gabbler – various venues – Thurs 9 Mar

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free. There’s no need to book a train ticket to the National Theatre in London as you can see this production of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) broadcast live into a cinema near you. It stars the beautiful and super talented Ruth Wilson (LutherThe Affair) in the title role and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, The Big Short) as Brack. Click here to find a venue near you.

Nyetimber Wine Dinner, Chichester Festival Theatre restaurant, Fri 17 March

Ditch the Guinness and raise a glass of Nyetimber sparkling Sussex wine this St Patrick’s Day. Caper & Berry are hosting a Wine Dinner with a Sussex inspired four-course menu crafted by their chefs, and Nyetimber’s brand ambassador talking you through your tipple. Tickets are £49. Check out too the Mothers’ Day lunch and the gin tasting evening coming up

Half Man Half Biscuit, Worthing Assembly Hall, Fri 17 March

Half Man Half Biscuit, four blokes from The Wirral that never took the music business very seriously, have outlived many others that did; and you can see why at a rare gig this month. Jangling indie guitar mixes with satirical and surreal lyrics from a career that spans 30 years. The most recent and 14th album, Urge for Offal, continues a theme that began with 1985’s Indie chart-topping Back in the DHSS. And you just have to love a band with other discs entitled Achtung Bono and Voyage to the Bottom of the Road.

Gangsta Granny, The Capitol, Horsham, Thurs 16 – Sun 19 March 

If you still haven’t organised tickets yet, fear not, there are still some left. This is a colourful production of the well-loved David Walliams tale of a seemingly boring, cabbage farting granny with a secret jewel thieving past. My nephews were transfixed when we saw it together last year. See what we thought here.

Noel & Gertie, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 10 March

A live adaptation of a warm and witty musical comedy based on the legendary friendship and professional collaboration of actor, playwright and songwriter Noel Coward and charismatic actress Gertie Lawrence devised by Sheridan Morley from the letters and diaries of two of the best-loved performers of the 20th century. Starts 7.30pm.

The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock In, Komedia, Brighton, 15 March

Local improv stars The Noise Next Door have been on a national tour for months but you can catch them in their old stomping ground of the Komedia in Brighton on 15 March. I’ve seen them several times and am always been really impressed at their mental – and physical – agility. Check out my review here and grab a ticket. They’re next back in June. Tickets are a tenner. Bargain.

The Girl and the Giraffe, The Hawth, Crawley, Sat 18 March

One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence – a giraffe.  As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better… but sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can’t always see. Puppetry and an uplifting tale aimed at 3-6-year-olds. Tickets are £7 or £25 for a family of four.

 The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus, Proud Gallery Chelsea, London, 16 Mar – 14 May

The Beatles on the set at Abbey Road studios with a background of balloons, 1967, David Magnus

Magnus was blessed with seeing The Beatles’ phenomenal rise, when, in 1963, aged 19, he was invited to photograph the then unknown band playing at Stowe School. Included are many images never before seen, plus some of the 1967 live recording of All You Need Is Love for a BBC satellite broadcast that 400 million people viewed worldwide. The broadcast was a pivotal moment in the band’s career; an event that was a first for television and the start of the communications phenomenon that helped make The Beatles a household name globally. Some of the prints will be on sale.

Women Work, Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatres, Friday 10 March

Going back to work after kids but lost your confidence? Need a work wardrobe overhaul? The Women Work event brings together for the first year a full day of FREE workshops – including talks by top stylists, make up artists and confidence coaches. There’s also lots of career advice on offer from how to present a career break on your CV to how to start up your own business. Then the evening event kicks off with more inspirational speakers, for only £5. Book quickly before places fill up.


Turner and the Age of British Watercolour, Petworth House, until  Sun 12 Mar 


This major new exhibition features 36 watercolours by Turner and his contemporaries on loan from the Higgins art gallery in Bedford. It’s a rare chance to see this important collection alongside many of Petworth’s oil paintings and sculptures from the same period. Entry is £12 and it’s open 10.30am to 2.00pm.

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