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

This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly

This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly

With many freelancers contemplating leaving the industry, funders must seize this moment for change and support individual artists or risk losing them forever
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Project Hush

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Project Hush

Lyn Gardner talks to Bridget Keehan, director of Project Hush, which was due to open at the Rhydymwyn Valley tunnels in Wales. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year
Theatre needs to rock the boat and hold the government to account

Theatre needs to rock the boat and hold the government to account

If theatre wants to be seen as an art form that is radical, political and on the side of equality and social justice, then pointing out the government’s inadequate response to this pandemic is crucial, says Lyn Gardner
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Marvellous

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

Lyn Gardner talks to Theresa Heskins, director of Marvellous, which was due to open at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year
Independent work is beginning to go mainstream, but will it last?

Independent work is beginning to go mainstream, but will it last?

Covid is forcing British theatre to embrace groundbreaking work, says Lyn Gardner, but the mainstream needs to stop acting like a magpie and nurture artists instead
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Merchant of Venice

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Merchant of Venice

Lyn Gardner talks to Brigid Larmour, director of The Merchant of Venice, which was due to open at Nuffield Southampton. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year
In theatre’s hunt for new platforms, going digital isn’t the only option

In theatre’s hunt for new platforms, going digital isn’t the only option

In theatre’s hunt for new platforms, going digital isn’t the only option, as shown by initiatives such as New Perspectives’ postcard drama Love from Cleethorpes, says Lyn Gardner
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – An Unfinished Man

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – An Unfinished Man

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but couldn’t because of the coronavirus lockdown, Lyn Gardner talks to Dipo Baruwa-Etti, whose play An Unfinished Man was due to open at the Yard Theatre in London. She also looks back to a significant show that opened this week in 1993
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but couldn’t because of coronavirus, Lyn Gardner talks to John Riseboro, co-founder of Anti Disposition, which was due to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Gray’s Inn Hall in London. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year
The city is a safe haven for artists – we must not write its obituary

The city is a safe haven for artists – we must not write its obituary

Cities have always been a lure for artists because they are exciting and places where you can reinvent yourself. We must not write their obituaries, says Lyn Gardner
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