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Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner

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

Recent Articles

Theatre has had to fight for survival, but a tougher fight may be yet to come

Theatre has had to fight for survival, but a tougher fight may be yet to come

Let’s celebrate the fact that West End and subsidised theatres around the country will soon be flinging open their doors, but let’s do it with an awareness that so much has been lost and cannot be regained, says Lyn Gardner
Diversity of storytelling enriches theatre rather than threatens it

Diversity of storytelling enriches theatre rather than threatens it

Being open to diversity is not “a threat to established modes of storytelling”, says Lyn Gardner, but a way of enriching the theatre landscape
UK theatre festivals are flooding back in 2021 – but what will they look like now?

UK theatre festivals are flooding back in 2021 – but what will they look like now?

From Brighton to Leeds and Glasgow, festivals are set to return. But with social distancing likely to remain, what will they look like? Festival chiefs tell Lyn Gardner about their adapted events
Silence can harm. Those in power must do more to condemn bullying

Silence can harm. Those in power must do more to condemn bullying

Silence cloaks abuses of power in theatre, so senior industry figures should do more to condemn the bullying behaviour the Scott Rudin reports have brought to light, says Lyn Gardner
In 2021, theatre has a chance to cement the revolution begun in the 1960s

In 2021, theatre has a chance to cement the revolution begun in the 1960s

The late 1960s spawned a surge in political art and local activism that changed the theatre industry. It stopped short of changing the world, but Lyn Gardner says conditions may have now again conspired to allow that spark to spread to the wider community
Data can help theatre tackle inequality, but beware over-optimistic claims

Data can help theatre tackle inequality, but beware over-optimistic claims

Data can be a valuable tool to help theatre make progress on diversity, says Lyn Gardner, but don’t be fooled into thinking that problems have already been solved
Touring is theatre’s lifeblood, so we must protect it by supporting freelancers

Touring is theatre’s lifeblood, so we must protect it by supporting freelancers

Venues and audiences desperately need touring shows, says Lyn Gardner, so as the industry recovers from the pandemic, it’s vital to support the freelancers and companies who make the work, rather than just buildings
Don’t give us a break – intervals are an outmoded, unnecessary theatre convention

Don’t give us a break – intervals are an outmoded, unnecessary theatre convention

The news that plays at Shakespeare’s Globe are to run without an interval should be welcomed, says Lyn Gardner – let’s hope it hastens the move to more relaxed, inclusive performances
Playwriting prizes: opening a closed shop or theatrical Hunger Games?

Playwriting prizes: opening a closed shop or theatrical Hunger Games?

Playwriting competitions are often a launchpad for new writers who have found themselves unable to break into the sector through the traditional submission route to theatres. Founders and winners of prizes tell Lyn Gardner why competitions are best placed to spot potential and why ‘bin sifters’ are so important
Honesty is the best policy for critics to help theatre revive and flourish

Honesty is the best policy for critics to help theatre revive and flourish

As theatres reopen, critics shouldn’t just be giddy cheerleaders says Lyn Gardner – the best thing we can do to help theatre thrive is use our voices with honesty, rigour and empathy
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