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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Cherry Orchard review – uprooted Chekhov chimes with Thatcher's Britain by Lyn Gardner

Sherman theatre, Cardiff The red-hot team of playwright Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan relocate the Russian classic to 1980s WalesPlaywright Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Rior…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rockstar Beowulf and the Hartlepool monkey: kids' shows with big ideas by Lyn Gardner

From a junior Brexit parable to a stadium-gig version of the Anglo-Saxon epic, children’s theatre is tackling grownup themes in striking fashion ‘After nourishment, shelter and companion…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Venus in Fur review – Natalie Dormer dominates S&M game of cat and mouse by Lyn Gardner

Theatre Royal Haymarket, LondonThe Game of Thrones star takes control of David Ives’ playful two-hander about sexual politics that veers between comedy, campness and mild eroticaGame of Th…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Secret Keeper review – murder, greed and a chorus of crows in gothic fairytale by Lyn Gardner

Ovalhouse, London Angela Clerkin’s tale of the burden of keeping secrets has political relevance but in spite of the creepy atmosphere, it needs more urgency and clarity The townsfolk susp…

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Lyn Gardner: Inspiring drama teachers are the unsung heroes of British theatre by Lyn Gardner

Several weeks ago, I interviewed Adam Penford, Nottingham Playhouse’s incoming artistic director, for The Stage. During our conversation, he mentioned how important

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose , Michael Cragg, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From the return of St Vincent to Dr Seuss on stage, here is our pick of the best films, gigs, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Seagull review – Lesley Sharp is monstrously funny in Chekhov's heartbreaker by Lyn Gardner

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonA crack cast perform Simon Stephens’ punchy new version of the Russian dramatist’s early play, which shifts between reality and fakeryCreativity and destruction,…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Lyn Gardner: Theatremakers should see each others’ work to avoid reinventing the wheel by Lyn Gardner

“Wasn’t that amazing!” said a smiling young woman as we were both leaving Dreamthinkspeak’s One Day Maybe, a commission for Hull City

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Introducing our regular roundup of the best films, gigs, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance, including Blade Runner 2049, Little Mix and Dalí/Duchamp Continue reading...

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

'Were you followed?' Václav Havel’s secret plays staged in London homes by Lyn Gardner

Updating the covert living-room theatre of protest in 1977 Czechoslovakia, an interactive trilogy shows how easily our own freedoms can be dismantledOn the corner of a suburban Richmond stre…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Lyn Gardner: White van man has a story to tell too by Lyn Gardner

Barely a week goes by without a theatre company announcing they are participating in a project with refugees or people from migrant

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Things I Know to Be True and Wayne McGregor: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Two companies collaborate to take a delicate look at family dynamics, while the esteemed choreographer brings a deeply personal show to Sadler’s Wells1 Things I Know to Be TrueThis collabo…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Protests, patriots and the rebirth of Kanye West: HighTide hits Walthamstow by Lyn Gardner

Sam Steiner’s play about the second coming of a rap star and Nessah Muthy’s intriguing soldier’s story lead an ambitious London pop-up festivalIn Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Gregor …

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adam Penford: ‘It’s hard to convince stars to leave London, but there’s a way’ by Lyn Gardner

New artistic director Adam Penford is looking forward to putting the Nottingham Playhouse back on the map. He tells Lyn Gardner about

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Lyn Gardner: BBC drama is built on theatre – it’s time for payback with proper coverage by Lyn Gardner

The BBC’s overall cultural output has often been impressive in recent years. But its coverage of contemporary arts and culture, particularly theatre,

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Our Town review – Wilder's hymn to ordinary lives is remade for Manchester by Lyn Gardner

Royal Exchange, Manchester Sarah Frankcom stages Thornton Wilder’s 1938 drama with tenderness, bleak honesty and a community choirEdward Albee loved Thornton Wilder’s 1938 paean to ordin…

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Follies and Acosta Danza: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Dominic Cooke’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful musical continues its run at the National, while the celebrated choreographer returns to London1 FolliesStephen Sondheim’s flawe…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

We're Still Here review – a blast of anger, love and grief in Port Talbot by Lyn Gardner

Byass Works, Port TalbotThe community speaks out about the fight to save its steelworks in a kaleidoscopic promenade-style production that is laced with earthy humour‘This town is ours. Th…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Unknown Island review – Saramago odyssey asks the audience to dream by Lyn Gardner

Gate, LondonAdapted from José Saramago’s short story, Ellen McDougall’s grownup fairytale draws spectators into a circle of bread, wine and storytellingThe Gate’s new artistic directo…

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Bullish review – gold horns and glitter beards in minotaur cabaret by Lyn Gardner

Camden People’s theatre, LondonA crack cast of trans and gender-fluid actors deliver a playful and often moving version of the Greek mythGender fluidity and the trans experience were highl…

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Rules for Living review – ingenious take on a family's Christmas crisis by Lyn Gardner

Royal & Derngate, NorthamptonSam Holcroft’s comedy, which debuted at the National and is now directed by Simon Godwin on a UK tour, begins in Ayckbourn mode then turns vicious‘Too mu…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Lyn Gardner: It’s time the UK’s top theatres committed to gender quotas by Lyn Gardner

It’s terrific that the for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summer 2018 season, the directorial line-up will be all female for both the

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dumbstruck review – wistful charm and foot-tapping energy by Lyn Gardner

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonThis story of reclusive research and rock'n'roll is at its best when communicating through music and songThe 52-hertz whale has been called the loneliest whale i…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Caretaker review – vintage Pinter becomes an electric parable for our times by Lyn Gardner

Bristol Old VicChristopher Haydon updates the 1960 play about the machinations of a homeless houseguest into a piece about paranoia and the migrant experienceEntering the theatre, it looks a…

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Jane Eyre and Royal Ballet Gala: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Sally Cookson’s witty, inventive take on Charlotte Brontë’s novel comes to Hull, while the city’s New theatre reopens with a visit from the Royal’s dancers1 Living With the Lights O…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kingdom Come review – RSC's playful glimpse at England's theatre of power by Lyn Gardner

The Other Place, Stratford-upon-AvonWalking the audience through the struggle between the monarchy and the people during the English civil war, this show chimes with our own timesGemma Brock…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Angels and demons: the unmissable theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2017 by Michael Billington, Lyn Gardner, Judith Mackrell and Brian Logan

Hamilton hits London, Bryan Cranston’s news anchor goes berserk, Wayne McGregor turns his DNA into dance, Mae Martin revisits her teen addictions and Toyah Willcox is a time-travelling que…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Lyn Gardner: Is it a problem that only 864 people will see Punchdrunk’s new show? by Lyn Gardner

The good news is that Punchdrunk is doing a new show, it’s called Kabeiroi and is based on fragments of a lost

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mermaid review – muddled Hans Christian Andersen reimagining by Lyn Gardner

Richmond theatre, LondonShared Experience’s modern update of the Little Mermaid has a seductive dreaminess, but there’s far too much going on to successfully re-empower the characterTher…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

War Horse and Grand Finale: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’s staging of the children’s novel returns, while Hofesh Shechter’s new show imagines an anarchic apocalypse1 War HorseWith it becoming such a huge and d…

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One Day, Maybe review – secret shoppers on a hi-tech trip to South Korea by Lyn Gardner

Secret location, HullIn dreamthinkspeak’s new show, audiences explore the spaces of a mystery multi-storey venue to delve into South Korea’s past, present and futureFor their latest show…

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