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Monday, February 24, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Young producers are theatre’s future – we must protect them from burnout by Lyn Gardner

“Producers are like unicorns. They are magic and they have the answers,” was one of the more colourful declarations at the ever-invigorating

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

London’s Gate Theatre at 40: ‘If you’re not brave, you’re not honouring the Gate’s history’ by Lyn Gardner

For four decades, London’s Gate Theatre has been the home of dynamic, anti-establishment productions and a springboard for some of the UK’s

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Lyn Gardner: The Shakespeare police, not ‘woke’ artists, threaten the playwright’s legacy by Lyn Gardner

Who owns Shakespeare? The answer to that, of course, is nobody and all of us. Shakespeare may be English but try telling

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Lyn Gardner: We must shake up theatre’s hierarchies to ensure its future artistic health by Lyn Gardner

For last week’s edition of The Stage, I interviewed Frantic Assembly’s co-founder, and now sole artistic director, Scott Graham about the company’s

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham: ‘We were the right company, in the right place, at the right time’ by Lyn Gardner

Influential British theatre company Frantic Assembly is celebrating its 25th year. Co-founder and artistic director Scott Graham tells Lyn Gardner about making

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Theatre needs shows like Fairview that jolt the audience out of its comfort zone by Lyn Gardner

Fairview finished at London’s Young Vic a couple of weeks ago, but wherever theatre people are gathered I still hearing it being

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Immersive producers are making the industry look like the Wild West by Lyn Gardner

Many theatregoers will be familiar with Alice Ayres from Patrick Marber’s play Closer. The character who goes by that name in the

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Diverse theatre means diverse audiences – so expect change by Lyn Gardner

I really enjoyed Inua Ellams’ new version of Three Sisters at the National Theatre. It relocates the play to Biafra during the

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Drama training must adapt to help shatter theatre’s class ceiling by Lyn Gardner

Just before Christmas, Arts Council England announced that from next year regularly funded organisations will be required to report not just on

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Company Three: ‘Teenagers have a unique way of thinking – we should listen harder’ by Lyn Gardner

Trailblazing youth theatre group Company Three isn’t afraid to tackle the big issues, encouraging its performers to discuss everything from climate change

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Theatre’s power players can turn their privilege to the greater good by Lyn Gardner

It has been a pleasure to see the affection that has greeted the news that Ian McKellen topped this year’s Stage 100,

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Progress for diversity in theatre leadership is glacial – more needs to be done by Lyn Gardner

The past 18 months have seen overdue signs of change in UK theatre and that includes at leadership level. There has been

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Lyn Gardner: In despair over the election result? Get out of the arts bubble and make yourself useful by Lyn Gardner

What can theatre do to be more useful? It feels an important question to be asking in the wake of a general

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Not Too Tame’s Jimmy Fairhurst: ‘We’ve had to be a bit more entrepreneurial, a bit more Del Boy’ by Lyn Gardner

Theatre company Not Too Tame tends to play pubs and clubs rather than traditional theatre spaces. Founder Jimmy Fairhurst tells  Lyn Gardner

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Education must not bear the brunt when theatres’ funds run low by Lyn Gardner

I have seen first-hand the excellent educational work that the Royal Shakespeare Company does, and the passion of Jacqui O’Hanlon, its impressive

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

‘I never ask for money, I always ask for change’ – How transforming philanthropy can transform theatre by Lyn Gardner

Theatre lovers don’t have to be millionaires to be philanthropists. Lyn Gardner talks to donors, creatives and professional fundraisers about the importance

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Shame of thrones – why theatre should ditch all royal patronage by Lyn Gardner

English National Ballet has severed its ties with Prince Andrew in the wake of his disastrous BBC interview about his association with

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatre glorifies the young when it really needs more late starters by Lyn Gardner

Theatre fetishises the young. It craves young audiences and spends money trying to lure them in. Does anyone recall A Night Less

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Rolling news era puts pressure on producers and writers to keep up by Lyn Gardner

Talking with the Bush Theatre’s artistic director Lynette Linton last week, she spoke of her good fortune in directing Lynn Nottage’s Sweat

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Intimate plays can work in large spaces – just look at Lungs or Fleabag by Lyn Gardner

One of the intriguing things about Matthew Warchus’ revival of Duncan MacMillan’s Lungs at the Old Vic is how the two-hander effortlessly

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatres should join forces to ensure best practice on content warnings by Lyn Gardner

Camden People’s Theatre Handle With Care festival, exploring issues around no-platforming, safe spaces, offence-giving, micro-aggressions and sensitivity, couldn’t have landed at a

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The West End could weather a recession, but what about the fringe? by Lyn Gardner

In early September, Richard Howle wrote that “ticketing is an industry that acts as a canary for the economy”. He indicated that

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Madani Younis’ swift departure raises serious concerns about Southbank Centre by Lyn Gardner

The news that Madani Younis has left his role as creative director at the Southbank Centre after fewer than 10 months in

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Digital is not a threat – we must embrace it to democratise theatre by Lyn Gardner

What makes theatre different from watching Netflix or going to the cinema? The obvious answer is its ‘liveness’. The audience and performers

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tarek Iskander: ‘I want BAC to matter to people as much as their local hospital’ by Lyn Gardner

Until three years ago, Battersea Arts Centre’s artistic director was working for the NHS. As he announces his first season at the

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Let’s salute parents who support their kids pursuing theatre careers by Lyn Gardner

Let’s hear it for the mums. And the dads. We certainly did at The Stage Debut Awards last month, when winner after

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The RSC was right to ditch BP’s money, but it must keep funding youth schemes by Lyn Gardner

The Royal Shakespeare Company has finally capitulated to pressure and ended its sponsorship deal with BP, which was due to run until

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Macbeth review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘atmospheric but underpowered’ by Lyn Gardner

Halloween has come early to Chichester, where witches rise from under the stage as if crawling through a crack in the earth

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Lyn Gardner: Are we brave enough to stage work that challenges young people? by Lyn Gardner

Last week, I was at the Incubator Ideas Festival at the Egg Theatre in Bath, which presents and produces work for young

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatre must stop imposing ideas on communities – build trust and get out of the way by Lyn Gardner

Do the politics and self-interest of arts institutions stand in the way of the wider transformations they are trying to achieve? Does

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Diverse voices use diverse forms and critics need to embrace them by Lyn Gardner

At London’s Royal Court two Saturdays ago, Clean Break, the remarkable company that works with women who have experience of the criminal

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