• Muddy reviews: I Capture the castle

    Wonderful musical adaptation of Dodie Smith’s first novel at Watford Palace Theatre.

  • The First Hippo on the Moon

    David Walliams is coming to Letchworth! Well, kind of. The First Hippo on the Moon will be landing on stage at the Broadway Theatre, Letchworth on Monday and Tuesday. If you’ve got young children, or if you’re lucky enough to be grandparents who are looking for an Easter holiday treat, then I advise you to […]

  • Muddy meets James Mayhew

    James Mayhew is the illustrator of the best-selling children’s books Katie and Ella Bella. He studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art and his first book, Katie’s Picture Show, was published in 1989 and is still in print. There is a wonderful display of his books at the equally wonderful David’s Bookshop in Letchworth. On […]

  • Fancy a night at Granny’s…?

    Little Red Riding Hood might not be the most traditional of stories for a pantomime — but Hertford Theatre’s pantomimes are always something a little bit different and whole lot of special, and this year’s production is absolutely no exception. In fact, I think it might even be my favourite of theirs so far…

  • It’s behind you! The Muddy Herts Panto Guide 2016

    It’s that time of year again! Forget tinsel and mince pies, forget fake snow and wrapping paper. Nothing says Christmas like a girlie slapping her thighs and pretending to be a chap — and a middle-aged bloke with a beard in a dress….

  • ‘Seeing it Through’ in Herts

    Seeing It Through is a new play from Hertford-based Pins & Feathers Productions. It tells stories — surprising, moving, engaging — from home-front Herts. The stories are taken from real life accounts of life from 1914-1918, and give an insight — an entertaining and moving one — into what wartime life was like locally…

  • A Man About the Garden: Joe Swift at Hertford Theatre

    Love a bit of Gardners’ World on the telly? GQT on the radio? Have to admit, gardening shows are a bit of a guilty pleasure here at Muddy Towers — although my predilection for gardening is more about voyeurism than actual doing of things. I like admiring other people’s perfect plots — and, occasionally, watching Mr C while he’s doing a spot of weeding. (You’ve missed one, my muddy love…)

  • Hertford Children’s Book Festival 2016

    Hertford Children’s Book Festival — organised by locals Freya North and Maureen Pegg — is now in its 5th year and it’s going from strength to strength. There’s loads going on this year, based at Hertford Theatre, and if you’ve got a young bookworm in the house, they’re going to LOVE it…

    • See This: The Wiz

      Ease on down…. Ease on down the road… Oh yeah, I’m still buzzing — and singing — after Vivo D’Arte’s production of full-on, high-energy production of The Wiz last night…

    • Dammit, Janet — it’s The Rocky Horror Show

      Chatting about this and that with Amber over at Muddy Surrey, we got onto the topic of the Rocky Horror Show. While I was getting all excited about it coming to Watford this week, she’d already been revelling in its camped-up naughtiness down in Woking. And — what’s more — she was a Rocky virgin. *gasp* Here’s what she thought…

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