Lyn Gardner

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

East is East review a complex and comic portrait of a man adrift

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Uncle Vanya review John Hannahs Yorkshire Chekhov falls flat

Any real sense of tragedy goes missing in a production that encourages too much acting and mistimes the big moments.

Peer Gynt review hollow rocknroll take on Ibsen

Despite a barnstorming lead performance, Iggy Pop songs and Sam Shepard poetry, this rock-star version of Ibsens fantasy fable is a bit obvious.

Sequence 8 review chiselled bodies, little humanity

Circus innovators Les 7 Doigts de la Mains recent quest to match Cirque du Soleil has robbed their work of any profundity.

The Liberation of Colette Simple review witty and energetic

This plucky experiment in theatrical form, inspired by an early Tennessee Williams play, brings together a multiplicity of distinctive voices.

Play Strindberg review a punchy satire on the state of marriage

Ustinov, BathDürrenmatts absurdist reimagining of Dance of Death sees a husband and wife locked in a 12-round boxing match, with all the performances scoring highly Greg Hicks: how Peter Hall transformed me as an actor Continue reading...

Forbidden Broadway review gleeful send-up of musical theatre

This ragbag of sketches pokes fun at shows such as Les Mis and The Book of Mormon and neatly skewers Robert Lindsay.

She Stoops to Conquer review foolish, foppish fun

Viaduct, HalifaxThis 1773 comedy about mistaken identity is over the top but its preposterous humour is delightful.