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 – Sherman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Sherman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but couldn’t because of coronavirus, Lyn Gardner talks to Joe Murphy, director of A Christmas Carol, which was due to open at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week in a previous year, Fairview at the Young Vic in 2019
We need a government that works with theatre, not against it

We need a government that works with theatre, not against it

Lyn Gardner says making and producing theatre is full of risk, but you don’t expect your own government to pile further uncertainty on top and make a thriving industry unviable
Manchester Home's Jon Gilchrist: ‘It is part of our civic responsibility to reopen’

Manchester Home's Jon Gilchrist: ‘It is part of our civic responsibility to reopen’

Home executive director Jon Gilchrist tells Lyn Gardner how the theatre has instituted a three-phase reopening that mitigates for the government’s indecision
Freelancers have been overlooked and underpaid for too long

Freelancers have been overlooked and underpaid for too long

Freelancers have been overlooked and underpaid for too long – it’s time for change, says Lyn Gardner
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – A Christmas Carol

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – A Christmas Carol

In the latest look at a show that should have opened but couldn’t because of coronavirus, Lyn Gardner talks to Lotte Wakeham, artistic director of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, about the ‘ultimate festive show’ A Christmas Carol
Why do politicians find it easier to talk about football than the arts?

Why do politicians find it easier to talk about football than the arts?

Outdated stereotypes of football-mad northerners and theatre-loving southerners are absurd, but our industry should use the current crisis to make lasting changes and give people from all places and backgrounds access to the arts
The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Magician's Elephant

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Magician's Elephant

In the latest look at a show that should have opened this week but couldn’t because of coronavirus, Lyn Gardner talks to Nancy Harris and Marc Teitler, adapters of The Magician’s Elephant, which was due to open at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. She also looks at a significant show that opened this week last year: Dear Evan Hansen at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre
Not just sure-fire hits – provocative new work will help drive theatre’s rebirth

Not just sure-fire hits – provocative new work will help drive theatre’s rebirth

Audiences will be looking for light relief in a post-Covid theatre world, says Lyn Gardner, but Chichester’s production of Crave shows that thought-provoking new work can also strike a chord
This new lockdown hurts like hell – but theatre will survive this latest blow

This new lockdown hurts like hell – but theatre will survive this latest blow

Live theatre will be back. Just not yet. The government’s leaked, then bungled announcement of a new lockdown brings down the curtain on live performance. Again.
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