Lyn Gardner

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.

Beth Steel's Wonderland: coalminer's daughter hits a rich seam in strike play

A sprawling new drama at Hampstead theatre explores how the 1980s industrial dispute changed Britain When Beth Steel sent her play Wonderland to theatres for their consideration, one of them inquired whether she had seen Billy Elliot . Wonderland begins

Red Forest review aesthetic hand-wringing over the environment

Belarus Free Theatre has won admiration for its continued determination to oppose, imaginatively, the Belarus dictatorship, whatever the personal cost to some of the company's members, but also for a willingness to make connections.

Klook's Last Stand review bluesy musical shoots straight from the heart

Ako Mitchell and Sheila Atim bring vim and vigour to Che Walker's tale of two people trying to rewrite their lives.