Lyn Gardner

Mother Goose review – Hackney panto is well worth a gander

Olivier award-winners Clive Rowe and Sharon D Clarke lead the fun in this boisterous Faust-with-feathers panto.

An Ideal Husband review – Patricia Routledge can’t rescue Wilde revival

Chichester Festival theatreA host of bankable stars weigh down an evening that is funereal in pacing and design.

Far Away review dystopian drama takes close look at a world at war

Samantha Colley is terrific in Kate Hewitt's flawed but haunting revival of Caryl Churchills twisted fairytale.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune review hearts and souls laid bare

The fairytale mysticism sits uncomfortably in this anti-romcom but Dervla Kirwan and Neil Stuke deliver great performances.

Irving Berlins White Christmas review smothered in sickly sweet sentiment

Dominion, LondonTheres plenty of song and dance to enjoy in this short London production starring Aled Jones and Strictlys Tom Chambers. Just try to ignore the lack of plot Continue reading...

Cans review radio star is charged with sex abuse in powerful new play

Stuart Slade's sparky and foul-mouthed topical piece explores the complex aftermath of abuse allegations on a family.

DV8s John review a thrilling descent into chaos

Physical theatre group DV8's new piece explores abuse and intimacy but an unbalanced narrative dulls the impact.

Spill festival review riotously entertaining with plenty of surprises

A gender-bending Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and destruction of Holyroodhouse contributed to a challenging, questioning, pleasurable festival.

The Scottsboro Boys review a dazzling civil rights musical

Garrick, LondonThe story of nine black men, falsely convicted of raping two white women, is reframed as a minstrel show with a brilliant cast and electrifying choreography.

The Infidel review David Baddiels musical knocks religion but respects belief

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonKev Orkian delivers a terrifically warm performance, even as this stage adaptation of the hit film topples into pantomimic excess Dont put a fatwa on it: Baddiel hopes Infidel The Musical can ease friction David Baddie