Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner

Biography

Lyn Gardner is a theatre critic and associate editor of The Stage. Read her weekly column every Monday.

Recent Articles

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – London International Festival of Theatre

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – London International Festival of Theatre

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but could not because of the coronavirus lockdown, Lyn Gardner speaks to Kris Nelson, artistic director of LIFT, which was due to open this week. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year
Regional theatre is the bedrock of our culture – without it, we bleed

Regional theatre is the bedrock of our culture – without it, we bleed

Regional theatre may not grab the headlines like London’s bigger, sexier theatres, but it is the bedrock of our culture – without it, we bleed, says Lyn Gardner
We must convince the government of theatre’s value to communities

We must convince the government of theatre’s value to communities

It’s always worth reiterating the economic value of the arts, says Lyn Gardner – but theatre also needs to sing out loud and proud about its cultural and social value
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – A Dog's Tale on tour with Mikron Theatre

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – A Dog's Tale on tour with Mikron Theatre

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but could not because of the coronavirus lockdown, Lyn Gardner speaks to Marianne McNamara, artistic director of Mikron Theatre, about its tour of Poppy Hollman’s A Dog’s Tale. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year
‘Theatre has a job to do in the new world’

‘Theatre has a job to do in the new world’

Producers Fuel and theatre company Uninvited Guests begin digitally touring their hit show Love Letters Straight from the Heart tonight, Lyn Gardner finds out what that means and speaks to director Kate McGrath about how it works
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Watsons

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Watsons

Lyn Gardner talks to director Samuel West about the cancellation of the West End transfer of his partner Laura Wade’s Jane Austen comedy. She also looks at Madonna’s UK stage debut in a show that opened this week in 2002
Theatre’s future is best served by conversations that involve us all

Theatre’s future is best served by conversations that involve us all

The most local, networked and openly transparent organisations are best placed to be useful in this crisis – and best placed to survive it, says Lyn Gardner
Digital presents a challenge to theatre – YouTube is not always the answer

Digital presents a challenge to theatre – YouTube is not always the answer

Very few theatres have digital departments embracing technology’s creative possibilities, says Lyn Gardner, who says putting shows on YouTube is not always the answer
Let’s hope Nuffield Southampton isn’t the canary in the Covid coal mine

Let’s hope Nuffield Southampton isn’t the canary in the Covid coal mine

The crisis in Southampton demonstrates that even if theatres were able to reopen next week (which they will not) the industry is going to need long-term government support.
Rural touring could offer the quickest route out of lockdown

Rural touring could offer the quickest route out of lockdown

Flexible rural venues will be able offer opportunities for artists to put work in front of audiences long before they may ever get the chance to do so in large-scale theatres, which will take far longer to get back into production
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