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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

Don’t dismiss digital – it has spurred creativity and widened theatre’s appeal

Don’t dismiss digital – it has spurred creativity and widened theatre’s appeal

In the rush to return to in-person performance, we must not forget how technology has made theatre more accessible, says Lyn Gardner – during the pandemic, the best digital work has engaged audiences that would never have dreamed of attending shows before
Rules have been relaxed but the crisis for theatre still has a long way to go

Rules have been relaxed but the crisis for theatre still has a long way to go

British theatre has been underfunded and operating on a wing and prayer for too long – in the end, something has to break, says Lyn Gardner
Theatre has become a money-making machine. We have a chance to change

Theatre has become a money-making machine. We have a chance to change

Theatre has become a money-making machine, but we have a chance to change and put our communities, freelancers and audiences first, says Lyn Gardner
How can we support freelancers? Give them salaries and a seat at the table

How can we support freelancers? Give them salaries and a seat at the table

It should make us uncomfortable that freelancers, the very people theatre activity relies upon, are treated least well by the sector, says Lyn Gardner
Critics should get a dressing down for overlooking costume designers

Critics should get a dressing down for overlooking costume designers

While writers, directors and set and sound designers often gains plaudits in reviews, the work of costume designers is seldom mentioned, says Lyn Gardner. But are we missing the valuable storytelling contributions these creatives are making to shows?
Christopher Haydon

Christopher Haydon

Ahead of his inaugural season, Rose Theatre artistic director Christopher Haydon tells Lyn Gardner of his vision to produce and originate work that showcases the space, and why the venue is the perfect fit for him
I love theatre, but not its damaging long-hours culture – it’s no way to live

I love theatre, but not its damaging long-hours culture – it’s no way to live

Working in the theatre can be wonderful, but not at any cost, says Lyn Gardner – we must address the pernicious working practices that damage health and narrow experience
Rain or shine, the great outdoors offers a way forward for theatre

Rain or shine, the great outdoors offers a way forward for theatre

Outdoor theatre, from Cornwall’s lovely Minack to Pitlochry’s engaging outdoor summer season, could offer a route to new audiences in these times, says Lyn Gardner
Shona McCarthy: ‘Edinburgh Fringe’s philosophy has to be artist-centred’

Shona McCarthy: ‘Edinburgh Fringe’s philosophy has to be artist-centred’

As part of The Stage’s Future of Theatre conference, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s chief executive tells Lyn Gardner about this year’s hybrid event and explains how the society is working to address issues of affordability and accessibility
Kneehigh’s loss is sad, but there is a grace in knowing when to let go

Kneehigh’s loss is sad, but there is a grace in knowing when to let go

Many will mourn the loss of Kneehigh and the opportunities it created for artists in Cornwall. But there is a grace in knowing when to let go, says Lyn Gardner
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