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Muddy Guide 8 – 14 March

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Apologies for the late arrival of this little bundle of joy. I’ve had the craziest week trying to get ready for my Muddy Awards and everything else went a bit soft focus.

Here are my curated picks of the best bits going on in the next week in Oxon & Bucks. Enjoy!

Warhorse Live at Phoenix Picturehouse, Sunday 9 March

If, like me, you’ve utterly failed to make it to the spectacular West End production of War House so far, this live screening at The Phoenix Picturehouse is a brilliant alternative, with added popcorn. Go see.

4pm £17.50/£13

‘La Traviata’, Welsh National Opera, Milton Keynes Theatre, 11-15 March

I grew up with Welsh National Opera (their HQ was Cardiff where I lived), and I loved going with my dad every few months to see performances. These days WNO is recognised as one of the best opera companies in the world, so no doubt their La Traviata will be worth seeing. As a Brucie Bonus, on 13 March you can stay behind after the performance for a Q&A with the cast too.


Shlomo Mintz and Oxford Philomusica, Thursday 13 March, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Shlomo Mintz is amongst the world’s greatest violinists, so a treat is in store next week, when he plays Mendelssohn’s last orchestral work (Violin Concerto in E minor), before conducting the orchestra in Brahms’s First Symphony at The Sheldonian Theatre. If this floats your boat, you’ll no doubt also want to book up early for another virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov who rocks up at the Sheldonian on May 3rd for a performance of Brahms’s concerto. Flippin eck, they’re like buses, aren’t they?

8pm Tickets £40 £28 £18 £10
Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection, The Ashmolean, Oxford, 13 March–22 June 

I’ve been waiting months for this! An art collection formed by Henry and Rose Pearlman after the Second World War is one of the most important in North America, and this exhibition is the first time it’s been shown in Europe. The collection comprises a matchless group of paintings and watercolours by Cézanne, and paintings and sculptures by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters. Among them are Van Gogh’s depiction of The Tarascon Stagecoach, and Modigliani’s celebrated portrait of Jean Cocteau. Go, go, go.

£10/£8 with Donation,£9/£7 Standard Ticket

The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2014, launch, Mon 10 March

I know you appreciate independent shops, great service and something a bit different just as much as I do, so please help your plucky local busineses by voting for your favourites from midday Monday when my Muddy Stilettos Awards 2014 begin. BTW, if you know any cool little businesses you think should enter, ping them this info: all they have to do is go to, or just click the button on the side of the homepage, which will be up from Monday. EEK!

Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies transfer to London, on sale, Mon 10 March

The RSC’s much acclaimed productions of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies are transferring to London after sell outs in Stratford (I was just one of many who couldn’t get tickets). The two plays, adapted by Mike Poulton from Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize winning novels, will open at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre on 1 May until 6 Sept. Tickets go on sale this coming Monday 10 March, at 10am. Get ready with the speed-dial, you’re going to need it.

LiveFriday: Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets at Ashmolean, Friday 14 March

Back at The Ashmolean again, this time for the brilliant monthly performance/event Live Friday, returning after a short absence. This LiveFriday launches the 150 year celebrations of Oxford Brookes, and features jazz, a singing robot, circus skills, bamboo bikes and business poetry. Best of all it’s free, so it’s a no-brainer to go and give it a whirl if you find yourself in central Oxford next Friday.




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