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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Why I love queues (during Edinburgh Fringe at least) by Lyn Gardner

Waiting in queues is usually dull. But on the fringe, I love queues, largely because they are such a terrific source of

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lyn Gardner: For new Scottish work, the Traverse is for life, not just for August by Lyn Gardner

Every show and every venue is under scrutiny during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but few experience the level of examination that the

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lyn Gardner: The Edinburgh International Festival is right not to force shows into the Playhouse by Lyn Gardner

So, you are Fergus Linehan, and you are programming the Edinburgh International Festival. What to do? Do you look to find shows

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lyn Gardner: It’s the industry’s duty to support new work that couldn’t make it to the fringe by Lyn Gardner

It is easy to be swept away by enthusiasm at the fringe. I know I am guilty of it. I find it

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Venues are joining forces to host hit shows after the Edinburgh Fringe by Lyn Gardner

Many companies and artists currently in Edinburgh will be looking to tour their shows after the festival. It’s one of the reasons

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Success at EdFringe is hard to measure, but it’s not over until it’s over by Lyn Gardner

Every morning in Edinburgh I pass through a courtyard where gaggles of students take it in turns to warm up for their

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can supercharge careers: ‘You can go as a nobody and be Off Broadway a year later’ by Lyn Gardner

For many theatremakers, the festival is fraught with financial risk and competition for punters, but it can provide rocket fuel for an

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Lyn Gardner: Is the Edinburgh Fringe revaluing the standing ovation? by Lyn Gardner

Twenty years ago, the standing ovation was almost unheard of in British theatre. Even on press nights, giving a standing ovation was

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Controversial Edinburgh Fringe play may offend, but it’s a small price for freedom of expression by Lyn Gardner

The Austrian playwright Peter Handke once wrote a play called Offending the Audience, which was designed to do just that. The history

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lyn Gardner: To have your cake and eat it at Edinburgh Fringe don’t bring a half-baked show by Lyn Gardner

The Scout movement’s motto is “Be Prepared”, and it’s a good one to adopt for anyone performing at the Edinburgh Fringe where

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Lyn Gardner: In week zero of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city shimmers with promise by Lyn Gardner

I have been in Edinburgh since Wednesday. I always love these first few days of the festival before the city becomes crazily

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Lyn Gardner: £5,000 price tag doesn’t help theatre’s image problem by Lyn Gardner

In Hamlet, the Danish prince commissions a troupe of players to perform at King Claudius’ court in Elsinore. Shakespeare own’s company, the

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The reality behind the myth of Camille by Lyn Gardner

Camille - the first tart with a heart - has inspired countless plays and films. But her life, says Lyn Gardner, was far from romanticOn February 5 1847, the prostitute known as Marie Dupless…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Lyn Gardner: The future of criticism lies with its audiences by Lyn Gardner

The Stage criticism survey makes for fascinating reading, and I don’t say that because I and other writers for The Stage did

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Elizabeth Freestone: ‘I’m trying to make theatre for the 16-year-old I once was’ by Lyn Gardner

A country childhood instilled in Elizabeth Freestone a love for touring. After leaving her ‘dream job’ with Pentabus Rural Theatre, she tells

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Finding a good mentor is crucial for a successful theatre career by Lyn Gardner

In Daniel Kehlmann’s The Mentor, seen at the Ustinov in Bath and in the West End last year, F Murray Abraham played

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bins, bogs and beer: why running a theatre is about more than art by Lyn Gardner

Taking over a theatre building for the first time can come as a shock for artistic directors and they soon learn that

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Scaramouche Jones, Bristol by Lyn Gardner

Old Vic, BristolScaramouche Jones, born at midnight on December 31 1899, a strange, pale, white-skinned "oyster" who popped out of his Gypsy prostitute mother in a fishmongers in Trinidad. A…

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Lyn Gardner: Don’t be ashamed of your day job, you can be a waiter and an artist by Lyn Gardner

“Please don’t feel ashamed of having a day job to support your dream of working in the arts. A lot of people

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Mind the Gap: the company that’s raised the bar for theatre with learning-disabled artists by Lyn Gardner

Mind the Gap has become a world leader in creating work with, and not just for, learning-disabled actors and theatremakers. Lyn Gardner

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Why today’s play publishers ‘are like greyhounds straining in the slips’ by Lyn Gardner

Competition to find the next hot emerging playwright can be fierce among theatre publishers hoping for a long and rewarding relationship. But

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Theatre can be life-changing, no matter how short the play is by Lyn Gardner

Some theatre is like a haunting. It is a prickle down the spine, a sense that you are watching something uncanny, something

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Garrick, London by Lyn Gardner

Garrick, LondonNot exactly your usual West End fare (after the bloody splatterfest, you might be feeling a little too queasy to face dinner à deux), Martin McDonagh's play is a hugely enjoy…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Yes, regional theatre is imperilled. What it needs is financial security by Lyn Gardner

Money makes all the difference. Back in the 1990s, when I was travelling the country reviewing regional theatre, the evidence of years

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ review – quaint, charming musical by Lyn Gardner

Curve, LeicesterSue Townsend’s tormented teenage hero makes a jaunty appearance in this smart, low-key musical adaptationIt is more than 30 years since Sue Townsend created Adrian Mole, th…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Ignore graduate salaries – arts enrich lives, if not your wallet by Lyn Gardner

News that creative arts graduates earn 15% less than the average university leaver five years after graduation – and so may expect

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Catherine Johnson on life after Mamma Mia! by Lyn Gardner

She wrote Mamma Mia! Now she's back – with another story about a wedding. Lyn Gardner meets the down-to-earth Catherine JohnsonCatherine Johnson is downing an energy drink that promises to…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Theatre is about people, not places by Lyn Gardner

Last week I was invited to speak on a panel about space and place at the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Quarantine: the theatre company making ordinary people part of the conversation by Lyn Gardner

As theatre company Quarantine hands over the stage to ordinary people, joint artistic director Richard Gregory tells Lyn Gardner how deaf performers,

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lyn Gardner: In appointing Longhurst as AD, the Donmar has chosen a great storyteller with flair by Lyn Gardner

It would have been nice, of course, to see another woman appointed to head up a major theatre. But never mind, it’s

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Children are as big a diversity problem for theatre as any other group by Lyn Gardner

I spent part of last week at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. It’s one of an increasing number of children’s arts and

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