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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Why mentors are crucial to the progress of British theatre by Lyn Gardner

Key industry figures tell Lyn Gardner why nurturing diverse new voices has never been so necessary: to rejuvenate and transform the theatre

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Few venues care enough about audiences to provide decent loos by Lyn Gardner

Being shown around Kilburn’s refurbished Kiln Theatre last year, I was delighted by the new street-facing cafe that makes the entrance so

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Look beyond The Stage 100’s big hitters to see where theatre’s future lies by Lyn Gardner

If you want a glimpse of the future of British theatre then perhaps the best thing to do with this year’s The

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Arts courses must not sell students short by Lyn Gardner

I’m going to say something unpopular, so please bear with me. I think Amanda Spielman may have a point. A couple of

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Is Liverpool Everyman the canary in the coal mine for regional theatre? by Lyn Gardner

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse’s request to withdraw from Arts Council England’s national portfolio as it reviews its business model will attract enormous

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Long Read: When to kill your darlings and when to fight for them by Lyn Gardner

Making the decision to cut a favourite part of your creative project, whether for clarity of storytelling, to remove a joke that

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Theatre is embracing diversity, but it’s still not enough by Lyn Gardner

Well blow me down, it looks as if the ground is starting to shift. The welcome appointment of Matthew Xia to head

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Leaving traditional criticism behind: Lyn Gardner’s latest project by Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner writes about Stagedoor, a new app changing the way we access and view theatre, as well as the constant need for fresher critical voices. When I started writing about theatre in t…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Lyn Gardner: To stay relevant, theatre needs to keep its finger on the pulse by Lyn Gardner

Why this play and why now? I often ask myself this question in the auditorium, while watching the action on stage. I

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Lyn Gardner: ‘Difficult’ theatre may put some people off, but it can stay with you the longest by Lyn Gardner

Last week in the Guardian, journalist Sam Leith wrote in praise of “difficult” novels. The piece was in response to coverage of

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Must the show really always go on? by Lyn Gardner

On Friday, Mark Shenton drew attention to a string of recent interviews with Sheridan Smith, in which she was startlingly honest about

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Audience etiquette: what is acceptable behaviour in a theatre? by Lyn Gardner

Ringing phones? Rustling sweet wrappers? Common complaints of ‘bad behaviour’ from audience members. But the author of a new book tells Lyn

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Never forget that theatres can intimidate first-timers by Lyn Gardner

A few weeks ago, I was in Athens for the British Council. I had a ticket to see the Greek National Theatre’s

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Gender-swapped revivals like Company keep theatre alive, relevant and exciting by Lyn Gardner

Marianne Elliott’s re-imagining and re-gendering of Company is a five-star triumph. It’s not just the way that bachelor Bobby seamlessly becomes Bobbie

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What makes a great actor? by Lyn Gardner

Though critics and audiences might often agree when naming their top performers, it can be difficult to define what characterises the very

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Regional theatre may be thriving creatively, but what about in five years? by Lyn Gardner

If you wanted a barometer of the rude creative health of regional theatre, then the recent nominees and winners at the UK

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Lyn Gardner: At BAC, David Jubb has shown a way the arts can benefit the many, not the few by Lyn Gardner

“It’s time to bugger off and let someone else have a go,” said David Jubb last Friday announcing his departure from Battersea

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Lyn Gardner: If we’re serious about diversity, we must let artists fail better by Lyn Gardner

Earlier this year, I wrote about artistic failure and what can be learned from making a piece of theatre perceived to be

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Shows have the power to change theatres they’re in by Lyn Gardner

At the reopening of the Battersea Arts Centre Grand Hall a few weeks back, artistic director David Jubb talked eloquently about how

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Theatre’s feudal system shackles its most precious resource – artists by Lyn Gardner

Few working in theatre today, beyond a group of ostriches with their heads firmly buried in the sand, are unaware of the

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Amateurs can learn from the pros, but the reverse is just as true by Lyn Gardner

“You can feel the love,” declared Simon Callow as he stood beaming on the stage of the Questors theatre in Ealing earlier

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Work Room’s Anita Clark: ‘Artists need a seat at the table – currently they have the least power’ by Lyn Gardner

The arts sector needs to own up to a pretty fundamental failing, according to veteran arts administrator Anita Clark. “The people who

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Size matters – don’t hide plays by women and people of colour in studio spaces by Lyn Gardner

Much to my regret, I didn’t see Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe. It opened after I had departed for the

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Lyn Gardner: What’s in a name? It’s the memories that keep a theatre’s legacy alive by Lyn Gardner

Last Thursday night, I went to Battersea Arts Centre to celebrate the reopening of the Grand Hall and see Gecko’s Missing, which

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lyn Gardner: At the Bush, Madani Younis transformed what a new-writing theatre could be by Lyn Gardner

The Bush’s loss is the Southbank’s gain as Madani Younis departs the Uxbridge Road to take up residence in SE1 and the

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BAC is back: How Battersea Arts Centre rose from the ashes of a devastating fire to renew its mission by Lyn Gardner

A devastating fire gutted Battersea Arts Centre three years ago, just as its artistic director David Jubb was gearing up to launch

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Playwright Anna Jordan: ‘Writing can feel so isolating, but when it’s great, it’s really great’ by Lyn Gardner

Since her breakthrough play Yen, Anna Jordan has gained a reputation for tackling grim subjects. She tells Lyn Gardner how new touring

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Lyn Gardner: New voices challenge our idea of ‘good’ theatre by Lyn Gardner

On almost my final day in Edinburgh, I went to see Samira Elagoz’s Cock, Cock…Who’s There? at Summerhall, which was part of

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Polka Theatre’s Stephen Midlane: ‘Polka is an extraordinary place, it’s where my family grew up’ by Lyn Gardner

After 40 years running Polka Theatre, Stephen Midlane is retiring. He tells Lyn Gardner about working with world-famous children’s authors, why it’s

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lyn Gardner: My 20 magical moments of Edinburgh Fringe 2018 by Lyn Gardner

1. The smell of Toast in Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Traverse. The lemon meringue pie was pretty good too. More fringe

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 has shown that if you put diversity on stage, audiences will come by Lyn Gardner

“It’s time to free ourselves from the obsession with the perfectly formed, beautifully diverse audience,” declared Nicholas Hytner in the Sunday Times

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