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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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Monday, November 11, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Intimate plays can work in large spaces – just look at Lungs or Fleabag by Lyn Gardner

One of the intriguing things about Matthew Warchus’ revival of Duncan MacMillan’s Lungs at the Old Vic is how the two-hander effortlessly

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatres should join forces to ensure best practice on content warnings by Lyn Gardner

Camden People’s Theatre Handle With Care festival, exploring issues around no-platforming, safe spaces, offence-giving, micro-aggressions and sensitivity, couldn’t have landed at a

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The West End could weather a recession, but what about the fringe? by Lyn Gardner

In early September, Richard Howle wrote that “ticketing is an industry that acts as a canary for the economy”. He indicated that

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Madani Younis’ swift departure raises serious concerns about Southbank Centre by Lyn Gardner

The news that Madani Younis has left his role as creative director at the Southbank Centre after fewer than 10 months in

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Digital is not a threat – we must embrace it to democratise theatre by Lyn Gardner

What makes theatre different from watching Netflix or going to the cinema? The obvious answer is its ‘liveness’. The audience and performers

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tarek Iskander: ‘I want BAC to matter to people as much as their local hospital’ by Lyn Gardner

Until three years ago, Battersea Arts Centre’s artistic director was working for the NHS. As he announces his first season at the

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Let’s salute parents who support their kids pursuing theatre careers by Lyn Gardner

Let’s hear it for the mums. And the dads. We certainly did at The Stage Debut Awards last month, when winner after

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The RSC was right to ditch BP’s money, but it must keep funding youth schemes by Lyn Gardner

The Royal Shakespeare Company has finally capitulated to pressure and ended its sponsorship deal with BP, which was due to run until

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Macbeth review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘atmospheric but underpowered’ by Lyn Gardner

Halloween has come early to Chichester, where witches rise from under the stage as if crawling through a crack in the earth

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Lyn Gardner: Are we brave enough to stage work that challenges young people? by Lyn Gardner

Last week, I was at the Incubator Ideas Festival at the Egg Theatre in Bath, which presents and produces work for young

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Theatre must stop imposing ideas on communities – build trust and get out of the way by Lyn Gardner

Do the politics and self-interest of arts institutions stand in the way of the wider transformations they are trying to achieve? Does

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Diverse voices use diverse forms and critics need to embrace them by Lyn Gardner

At London’s Royal Court two Saturdays ago, Clean Break, the remarkable company that works with women who have experience of the criminal

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Lyn Gardner: As children go back to school, so should their local theatres by Lyn Gardner

I always love the first couple of weeks of September when theatre has a back-to-school vibe. There is nothing like the start

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Too often theatre just preaches to the converted. What’s the point? by Lyn Gardner

Just as the Edinburgh festivals were coming to an end, I read an interview with actor Lindsay Duncan in which she said:

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Lyn Gardner: 14 things I took away from Edinburgh 2019 by Lyn Gardner

1. It was the year of guerrilla marketing Demi Nandhra’s heartfelt blog about needing a payday loan to come to Edinburgh blossomed

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Where are the opportunities for self-exploiting support staff after the fringe is over? by Lyn Gardner

As we head into the final weekend of the fringe, artists will be totting up their gains and losses. Some will have

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre by Lyn Gardner

Resident director Emily Lim is the driving force behind the NT’s community engagement programme Public Acts. Its first year’s work culminated in

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Lyn Gardner: We must take care of ourselves and each other to cope with the stresses of the fringe by Lyn Gardner

A lot has changed in terms of support offered to artists on the fringe in recent years. The programme, backed by the

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Are indie companies losing out in Edinburgh’s two-tiered theatre programme? by Lyn Gardner

Director Josh Roche thinks that the winners in Edinburgh are decided long before a single show has opened on the fringe. Roche

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Arts Council England should grasp the nettle and help fund Edinburgh Fringe shows by Lyn Gardner

There is undeniably something odd about the fact that those bringing a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from New Zealand or

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Raw talent at the fringe needs better support to build lasting careers in theatre by Lyn Gardner

One of the pleasures of seeing the multi-talented 1927 performing its latest show, Roots, in the Edinburgh International Festival programme is in

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The Edinburgh Fringe can bring out the worst in people, but also the best by Lyn Gardner

I went to see a great show at Summerhall the other evening called The Afflicted. Produced by Scottish company Groupwork, the show

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Ignore the critics calling it the festival of ‘me me me’ – autobiographical theatre is not self-indulgent but essential by Lyn Gardner

Sometimes I think almost everything I know about the world, I know from theatre. Of course, I read books, listen to the

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Don’t contribute to Edinburgh Fringe’s ‘unlovely’ winners and losers divide by Lyn Gardner

If you felt annoyed by your neighbours would you write something down and pop it through their letter box, and also the

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Those seeing Edinburgh Fringe shows for free need reminding who pays in the end by Lyn Gardner

Today marks my 13th day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I haven’t totted up exactly how many shows I’ve seen, but it’s

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Does theatre have a crucial role in the fight against climate change? by Lyn Gardner

What would you do if your house was on fire? You probably wouldn’t pop to the Edinburgh Fringe to either see a

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Is all that separates great theatremakers in Edinburgh the size of the budget? by Lyn Gardner

Darting between the fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival, the difference in resources and scale is striking. The gloss of some EIF

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Selling out a show is only one marker of success at the fringe – keep faith in your work by Lyn Gardner

Edinburgh Festival Fringe only officially started on Friday, but already you can see the shine rubbing off for some people. It’s hard

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lyn Gardner: At the fringe it pays to be brave, for audiences as well as artists by Lyn Gardner

What two things do you need to come to the fringe? Financial clout and bravery would be high on my list, and

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Letting critics into your Edinburgh Fringe previews is a gamble worth taking by Lyn Gardner

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially opens today, but lots of shows have been up and running since Wednesday. I love the first

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