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Lyn Gardner

Archimedes' Principle review a cleverly executed, slippery little play

You can almost smell the chlorine in Josep Maria Miró i Coromina's child-abuse drama set in a leisure centre.

Let the Right One In five-star review – 'Exquisitely beautiful staging'

The Swedish horror-drama about a love between a vampire and a bullied schoolboy is brought to life once more in this sensitive, ambiguous adaptation.

Hetty Feather review – Jacqueline Wilson circus show needs more tricks

Sally Cookson's production has some magical touches but it stays too faithful to the script, with the red-haired heroine ultimately outstaying her welcome.

The Hired Man - review

Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg's musical about Cumbrian working life premiered at the Nuffield in Southampton, but failed to find favour in its 1984 debut in a West End already in thrall to Andrew Lloyd Webber. However, recent revivals across the country

The Book of Mormon offers gospel lessons in social-media marketing

The news that The Book of Mormon set a record on Friday for the biggest single day in ticket sales in West End and Broadway history is probably less a testament to the show itself – insanely enjoyable though it is – than to its clever (and clearly ver

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