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

Will Covid stub out the tangible thrill of tickets and the history they bring?

Will Covid stub out the tangible thrill of tickets and the history they bring?

Covid has probably killed the paper theatre ticket, says Lyn Gardner, and while that’s not all bad – I will miss them and the memories they hold
Academic difference? Why many theatre hopefuls are choosing university courses over drama schools

Academic difference? Why many theatre hopefuls are choosing university courses over drama schools

Drama leaders tell Lyn Gardner why some students are opting for university over drama school and why this gives them more options
At a time of desperate need, theatres overlook local talent at their peril

At a time of desperate need, theatres overlook local talent at their peril

Following the row over casting non-Scottish actors for an audio drama produced by Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum, Lyn Gardner says the decision to go with national stars rather than local talent during this crisis sends out the wrong message
Is it time to think differently about theatre buildings?

Is it time to think differently about theatre buildings?

Theatre buildings have a significant role to play in the theatre ecology, but they are not the only show in town, and maybe their dominance needs to be reconsidered, says Lyn Gardner
Sarah Brigham

Sarah Brigham

Seven years ago, Sarah Brigham took on the role of artistic director at Derby Theatre, changing its fortunes and championing an approach that placed community at the heart of the venue’s mission. She tells Lyn Gardner about the benefits of being a smaller, ‘more human’ venue in theatre’s ecosystem and why her early experiences in theatre continue to inform her practice
We must help drama teachers prove the undeniable value of arts in education

We must help drama teachers prove the undeniable value of arts in education

As the National Theatre’s annual Drama Teacher Conference prepares to take place online, Lyn Gardner says such events demonstrate how theatres can help drama teachers prove the undeniable value of arts education to a government that clearly needs persuading
Not just star casting – community work is key to theatre’s future

Not just star casting – community work is key to theatre’s future

Theatre must rid itself of old-fashioned attitudes towards participatory projects, says Lyn Gardner – community activities have a vital role to play in the recovery of the industry and wider society
Young Vic's Taking Part: ‘Even when things are difficult it’s genuinely uplifting’

Young Vic's Taking Part: ‘Even when things are difficult it’s genuinely uplifting’

London boroughs Southwark and Lambeth are reportedly in the bottom 10% for well-being in the UK, something the Young Vic felt needed to change. Those behind its community project Twenty Twenty tell Lyn Gardner about its challenges and rewards
We all want theatres to reopen, but responsible producers know patience is a virtue

We all want theatres to reopen, but responsible producers know patience is a virtue

Theatre continues to find itself in a very tricky position, eager to reopen but wanting to avoid putting workers and audiences at risk at all costs. Lyn Gardner says theatres might be better off opting for patience over speed
Seize the moment, theatremakers – we’ll regret not doing what we can today

Seize the moment, theatremakers – we’ll regret not doing what we can today

Holding out for theatres to reopen is a road to disappointment – the industry must concentrate on what it can do right now to make theatre, and make it more relevant, says Lyn Gardner
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