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Lyn Gardner

Little Bulb: natural born lyres

How would the gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt have fared in the underworld? Lyn Gardner meets a theatre company with an ambitious new take on Orpheus Dominic Conway can play a guitar behind his head and he's even had a go at getting a tune out of i

My Heart is Hitchhiking Down Peachtree Street - review

The pain of exile versus the relief of having got away - both emotions run through J Fergus Evans' solo show, which tells the story of the performer's own upbringing in the American deep south. Though it's full of handy hints about the dangers of living

The Arrival - review

How does it feel to say goodbye to your children, not knowing if you'll ever see them again? To arrive in a country where you're seen as an alien? To find yourself picking lettuce or sieving for cockles in order to survive?

Proof - review

Menier Chocolate Factory, London London theatre has a thing about prime numbers at the moment. They feature prominently in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , and they also pop up in this revival of David Auburn's Broadway play, first se

Above Me the Wide Blue Sky - review

In Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, the local doctor, Astrov, charts the decline of the forests. "Almost everything has been destroyed now, and nothing has yet been created in its place," he mournfully says. Our own destruction of the planet is uppermost in the min

Ring - review

It's done with sound rather than smoke and mirrors. But the result is certainly unsettling in David Rosenberg and Glen Neath's 50-minute piece, played out in pitch darkness, which confuses the sense and plays tricks on the mind.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - review

Simon Stephens' clever adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel about a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome is like a cute dog that leaps up and wants to lick you all over. There's no point in resisting – and there's no need. Marianne Elliott's pr

Jonathan Slinger on Hamlet: 'I'm going to try

Jonathan Slinger stands in the Royal Shakespeare Company's London rehearsal room, holding Yorick's skull aloft and at arm's length. He bursts out laughing.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - review

Shakespeare with puppets? Of course it's been done before, but not with some of the same team behind the National Theatre's mega-hit, War Horse. But, although puppets of many sizes and shapes figure in a big way, courtesy of South Africa's endlessly inven

Bruce Norris: squirm, you hypocrites!

'The idea that theatre can change anything," says Bruce Norris, "is optimistic." This is a startling remark from the writer of 2010's scaborously funny Clybourne Park – a combustible mix of race, property prices and liberal pieties that won Norris an Ol