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Lyn Gardner

Women of Twilight - review

Signs declaring "No blacks. No Irish" were often put up in the windows of boarding houses in the 1950s.

A Bas Bruit - review

When you set out on a walk, is it crucial to know where you have come from and where you are going?

Cirque du Soleil - review

It has not been a happy 12 months for Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian circus empire whose shows had spread uncontrollably across the globe bringing outbreaks of uncontained whimsy in its wake.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians - review

There's oodles of stylish retro charm and fun in Theresa Heskins's adaptation of Dodie Smith's much-loved book, in which Pongo and Perdita daringly rescue their 15 Dalmatian pups from the clutches of the evil Cruella de Vil, who wants to turn them into a

That Day We Sang - review

First seen at Manchester international festival in 2011, Victoria Wood's play with songs is beautifully reimagined for the Exchange by Sarah Frankcom.

Lost Boy - review

How do you recover from an enchanted childhood? In the early 20th century, a generation of young men, captivated by JM Barrie's Peter Pan, went from the magic and mock heroics of Neverland to the muddy trenches of Flanders.

Protest Song - review

On your way to the National Theatre you will almost certainly spot some of London's rough sleepers, who number almost 6,500 people according to on-the-ground charity Broadway.

Oliver! - review

Daniel Evans's last two Christmas presents to the people of Sheffield have been fine appropriations of the cockney-inspired musicals Me and My Girl and My Fair Lady.

The Elephantom - review

Despite all its retro charm, brilliant soundtrack and inventive puppetry, this stage adaption of Ross Collins' picture book about a young girl afflicted by a troublesome elephant takes a while to really rock and roll.

Aladdin - review

The end of the District line in SW19 has always been a pantomime mecca with Arthur Askey, Tommy Cooper and Danny La Rue all appearing here.