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A trio of culture treats

Are you craving some grown-up culture? Us too! The theatres may not open until 21 June, but in the meantime, here's a trio of local treats to bring show time to you.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, 16–31 March

This new digital production of the Oscar Wilde classic brings the Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps. The modern-day take follows influencer Dorian Gray (played by Fionn Whitehead from Dunkirk, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) as he makes a deal for his social star never to fade. Look forward to seeing plenty of home-grown talent, including Alfred Enoch as Harry Wotton, Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane, Russell Tovey as Basil Hallward and Stephen Fry as the Interviewer. Your screening link is available for a 48-hour period – great in case anything crops up, and one of the silver linings of a digital show!
Tickets are £12 and available from Watford Palace Theatre.

The Duchess of Malfi, 17–27 March

A severed hand, a scream, an echo. What horrors are waiting at the court at Malfi? John Webster’s classic of glamour and gore exposes how easily love can slip into madness, and  offers a delicious nightmare which plays with the boundaries of life and death, until we’re no longer sure what’s real. In this digital production from Oxford-based Creation Theatre, the live performers and the audience (that’s you) will be separated in space but connected online as participants, voyeurs and witnesses. So grab some popcorn, dim the lights and prepare to have the bejesus scared out of you from the safety of your sofa.
Tickets are £20 per device. Click here to book, if you dare…

DriveTime Drag, 10 April, 9.30-11.pm

We’re all overdue some serious fun, so Muddy is thrilled to hear The Parking Lot Social Easter Festival is coming to Bedfordshire! Taking place at Luton Airport, this Saturday night interactive drive-in is hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race and promises spectacular performances, side-splitting comedy sets and eye-popping costumes. Talking of which, although DriveTime Drag is an ‘all-ages’ show, parental guidance is thoroughly advised, as these girls and guys can be pretty blue (and all the better for it, says this smutty Muddy girl). Revellers can expect movies, live DJs, car-a-oke (can’t wait!) silent disco, bingo, comedy, food trucks and more – all delivered to the comfort of your car.
Tickets are £47.80–£58 per car. Just click here.

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