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Friday, May 31, 2019

Into the Mountain review at Cairngorms National Park – ‘unique outdoor dance piece’ by Lyn Gardner

Audiences don’t normally get to choose the length of a show, but we do with Into the Mountain, a site-sensitive walking performance

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Putting on a fringe show is more than just tough – it takes a miracle by Lyn Gardner

Last week, The Stage published a piece I had written that followed a production on the London fringe – The Amber Trap

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Against all odds: the secrets of how a fringe show makes it to the stage by Lyn Gardner

Just how hard is it to have a play picked up, staged and made profitable on the fringe? Lyn Gardner goes behind

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Lyn Gardner: More training opportunities would create better directors and shows by Lyn Gardner

There are many things to love about the production of Death of a Salesman currently running at the Young Vic. It is

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Sometimes the quietest theatre can have the loudest impact by Lyn Gardner

I love silence in the theatre, as I’ve written before: in particular, those rare moments when it feels as though everybody in

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatre isn’t a medicine to force down – it doesn’t make you a better person by Lyn Gardner

I have a friend who is a doctor. He seldom tells strangers what he does because too often they want to tell

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatre’s still an echo chamber – it’s time to listen to outside voices by Lyn Gardner

Late last month, the night before the UK was supposed to leave the European Union, I sat in a theatre in Hull

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Lyn Gardner: UK talent isn’t less inventive than European – just worse off by Lyn Gardner

When reviewing, there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down to write about a show and discovering that I think entirely

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Fun Palaces show how the arts can open the doors to everyone by Lyn Gardner

Theatre is grappling with questions around who it serves, why it should be funded by the public, who benefits and how we

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatres play as vital a role in our lives as the drama on their stages by Lyn Gardner

I was clearing out some old coats the other day and in the lining of a pocket I found some loose change

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The fight is far from over – too many are paying lip service to diversity by Lyn Gardner

“Let this conversation stop with our generation. Let young people come into this industry and let them talk about something different,” said

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatre needs to stop excluding parents and carers and show its human face by Lyn Gardner

It is Mother’s Day at the end of the week, which is a good time to speak a little louder about the

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Can visionary leaders drag drama schools out of the 20th century? by Lyn Gardner

If we want real and lasting change in the theatre industry, if we want theatre to be more diverse, to tell different

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Join the Dots scheme: ‘Artists tend to be a neurotic bunch, so structured feedback can only be a good thing’ by Lyn Gardner

Good feedback is crucial to making a good show, but where can you get it? Lyn Gardner meets circus company Upswing, which

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Regional theatres are not a training ground for London by Lyn Gardner

Adrian Scarborough’s assertion that London-based actors should commit to more work away from the capital to help support regional theatre is both

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Sarah Frankcom’s tenure at the Royal Exchange revitalised Manchester’s theatre scene by Lyn Gardner

Sarah Frankcom’s time at the Royal Exchange in Manchester has been a game-changer. Not just for the theatre itself – which had

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Lyn Gardner: We will face a crisis if early-career theatremakers aren’t supported by Lyn Gardner

If the last few weeks of the Vault Festival in London have demonstrated anything, it is that there’s no shortage of talent

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Context is key to good theatre criticism by Lyn Gardner

All theatre has a context. The shows of Kneehigh mean something different when they play to a local audience in Cornwall than when

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Rethinking the Purpose of British Arts Institutions by Lyn Gardner

By Lyn Gardner. Lyn Gardner, theatre critic for the Guardian, looks at how several British theatre companies are redefining their mission and expanding in ways to be of greater benefit to th…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Writing Squad’s Steve Dearden: ‘We support those who face the blank screen and keep doing it’ by Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner talks to Writing Squad director Steve Dearden and finds out about how the company has helped writers Nick Payne and

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Exploitation at Edinburgh Fringe is not just artists – it’s venue workers too by Lyn Gardner

Regular readers know that I love the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Going to Edinburgh feels like restocking the larder. I come away having

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ad Infinitum’s Nir Paldi and George Mann: ‘A show is like a baby, each with its own life and personality’ by Lyn Gardner

Newlyweds Nir Paldi and George Mann founded theatre company Ad Infinitum more than 10 years ago, but they are facing a new

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Back off, Berkoff (and Mamet) – women own the #MeToo story by Lyn Gardner

I recall a conversation with a Jewish friend in the late 1970s, when the mini-series Holocaust was shown on British television. She

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Lyn Gardner: What theatre can learn from the death of the high street by Lyn Gardner

The news from the high street and Britain’s town centres is grim. A shopping centre in Scotland is up for sale for

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Personal taste matters to us theatregoers, but a little bit of what you don’t like can do you good by Lyn Gardner

We are what we eat, runs the old cliché. But maybe we are also the sum of our tastes. We often wear

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Lyn Gardner: We can cherish beloved shows such as Les Miserables, but let’s not resist change by Lyn Gardner

When I last checked the change.org website, 1,700 people had signed a petition calling for Cameron Mackintosh to retain the original West

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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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