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Lyn Gardner joins The Stage as associate editor

Lyn Gardner. Photo: The Stage Lyn Gardner. Photo: The Stage/Catherine Gerbrands
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Journalist and theatre critic Lyn Gardner is to join The Stage as associate editor.

Gardner’s regular theatre blog, which was cancelled by the Guardian in March, will continue on The Stage as part of her new role.

Gardner’s associate editorship will see her write the weekly column and a monthly in-depth feature.

She will also sit on the judging panel for The Stage Critic Search, The Stage 100, The Stage Awards and The Stage Debut Awards, and have an advisory role alongside fellow associate editor Mark Shenton.

Gardner will continue to review theatre and write for the Guardian.

Announcing her new role, The Stage’s print editor Alistair Smith said: “Lyn will be an excellent addition to The Stage and I couldn’t be happier that she is joining us. Her theatre blog has long been an extremely valuable resource for British theatre and I’m delighted we have found a new home for it at The Stage.

“Serious, paid theatre journalism is in a difficult place at the moment, but The Stage is delighted to extend its commitment to covering the broad range of great theatre work that takes place across the UK.”

Gardner added: “The Stage is a vital institution in the theatre industry, a place for the highest-quality arts journalism, and I am thrilled to be joining them.”

“I’m also delighted that my theatre blog has found a new home. Thank you to The Stage for giving me the platform to continue this important work.”

The Guardian’s decision to cancel Gardner’s blogs, which amounted to 150 per year, was widely criticised by the industry, and was described as a “massive loss” and “another nail in the coffin of curated arts journalism”.

More than 40 major theatres subsequently lobbied the Guardian for their reinstatement, but were unsuccessful.

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