Lyn Gardner

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.

The Glass Supper review objectionable people shrieking loudly

Gay and straight relationships alike provoke wine-soaked spite in a play that veers between soap opera and dismal Joe Orton black comedy.

Mametz review A bloody battle on the Somme is evoked in a Welsh wood

In this fresh, visceral, time-bending piece, scripted by the poet Owen Sheers, the audience are cast as sightseers on a battlefield tour.

The Notebook review Forced Entertainment's dark fairytale about war and childhood

BAC, London This show based on Agota Kristof's story strips away any sentimentality to present the diary of twins surviving war Forced Entertainment have seldom strayed away from performance and into theatre but when they do the result can be galvanising

Idomeneus review whip-smart questioning of Greek tragedy

Fate and stories are not fixed entities in the hands of Roland Schimmelpfennig's playful reworking of the Troy-era legend.