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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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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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