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Monday, April 13, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Let’s use this time to think hard about what theatre does and why by Lyn Gardner

There have been so many losses over the past few weeks that sometimes it’s hard to find any gains. But maybe space

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

‘I hope we see a pivot towards hope’ – What does the Covid-19 lockdown mean for new writing? by Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner speaks to writers, artistic directors and literary managers about what companies and individual writers are doing during the coronavirus crisis,

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Last Easter by Lyn Gardner

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but has been forced to close due to the

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Lyn Gardner: The Edinburgh Fringe should use its fallow year to renew its purpose by Lyn Gardner

Make no mistake, the cancellation of this year’s Edinburgh festivals, in particular the fringe, is a major blow for independent artists. The

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – These Hills Are Ours by Lyn Gardner

In a new weekly feature, Lyn Gardner will spotlight a show that should have opened this week – but has been forced

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Lyn Gardner: ACE had an impossible choice – divert funds or face catastrophe by Lyn Gardner

Last Tuesday, just 10 days after the shutdown of theatres began due to Covid-19, Arts Council England announced a £160 million emergency

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Theatre may be changed forever, but we are strong enough to cope by Lyn Gardner

“Back soon” proclaims the illuminated sign hanging over the front of London’s Royal Court Theatre since it went dark. It’s like a

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Theatre may be an old trouper, but the coronavirus threat means we mustn’t put audiences at risk by Lyn Gardner

This is a very hard blog to write because I love theatre, and I know the sacrifices many working in the industry

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Joe Hill-Gibbins: ‘I find the Little Englander attitude to theatre embarrassing’ by Lyn Gardner

Since directing a string of hits at the Young Vic, Joe Hill-Gibbins has gained notoriety for mud and blood-spattered versions of Shakespeare.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Whatever havoc coronavirus wreaks, history tells us theatre will survive by Lyn Gardner

In 1606, the bubonic plague spread through London. The Globe on Bankside was enjoying a crowd-pulling season with King Lear, Macbeth and

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Theatremaker Molly Taylor: ‘My job is to listen and put the voices of the participants, my co-authors, on stage’ by Lyn Gardner

Theatremaker Molly Taylor tells Lyn Gardner about making shows with non-theatregoers, how Liverpool Football Club has influenced her writing process and why

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Lyn Gardner: Does UK theatre really encourage freedom of expression? by Lyn Gardner

The German playwright Friedrich Schiller spoke of theatre as being a moral institution, one that could act as the conscience of society.

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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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