Lyn Gardner

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

The Art of Dying review beautifully crafted meditation on death

Nick Payne's refreshingly simple three-story monologue takes us to a place none of us want to go Sometimes it's good to be reminded that theatre can be at its most effective and most layered when it employs simple storytelling. Nick Payne's monologue do

The Kindness of Strangers review a show with brains and a heart

This superb tribute to the NHS takes place in the back of a moving ambulance with surprising and moving results A tribute to the NHS was at the centre of Danny Boyle's brilliant and brilliantly eccentric 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, a reminder of how,

David Wood: 'children's theatre is the most important theatre'

David Wood is used to people asking him if he is jealous of the success of Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End.