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Lyn Gardner

Porgy and Bess review exquisitely sung Gershwin in the fresh air

The singing is easy but life is hard in Timothy Sheader's refreshingly spare production.

The Last Days of Limehouse review enjoyable and heartfelt

Limehouse town hall, LondonThis unsentimental show about east London's historic Chinese community is made with love and acted with vigour Continue reading...

Holy Warriors review did medieval meddling lead to the 'war on terror'?

Shakespeare's Globe, LondonDavid Eldridge's drama about the fate of the Middle East is bold and ambitious but feels short on detail Continue reading...

This Was a Man review first ever outing for Coward's once-banned play

There's much to enjoy watching the bad behaviour of a generation swigging cocktails in the wake of the first world war.

Leviathan review Moby-Dick with too much visual blubber

LondonLiving Structure's immersive staging of Melville's whale of a novel has lots of style, but little theatrical substance The walk-through whale making waves in a Hackney warehouseNot since a musical version of Moby-Dick, set in a school swimming pool,

Kafka's Dick review Alan Bennett's one-liners come thick and fast

In David Grindley's revival, this absurd take on literary lives builds up a strong comic momentum.

Shutters review US triple bill focused on women lacks cohesion

These plays on American women's lives and history lack spark, except for Trifles, understated and poignant, from 1916.

Whistleblower review a timely first staging of Edward Snowden's story

This informative look at Snowden's decision to blow the whistle gains a thriller-like momentum.

Wot? No Fish!! review immensely affecting, often comic

Battersea Arts Centre, London This eloquent portrait of a loving East End Jewish marriage gets personal and political starting with a collection of shoeboxes This is a show about love that has been made with love. A few years back, Danny Braverman 's

Daytona review Maureen Lipman's performance is the one surprise

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London In the vast Haymarket, this intimate three-hander flaps around like a minnow stranded in the glare of the hot sun Oliver Cotton's intimate three-hander, set in 1986 in the Brooklyn apartment home of Jewish immigrants Joe