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Lyn Gardner

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

A Time to Reap - review

There's no getting away from God or the Catholic church in Anna Wakulik's lively play: the whole theatre has been cleverly transformed into a church, complete with nave and altar, by designer Max Jones.

Who wants to see Quizoola!, a 24-hour play?

As Forced Entertainment prepares a longer, all-day-all-night version of its show at the Barbican, we look at what - in this age of short attention spans - makes durational theatre so seductive The look of horror on the faces of some of my students when I

Three Birds - review

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden, Janice Okoh's Bruntwood prize-winning play takes us to a flat on a south London estate where three siblings are trying to keep the real world out. With the bathroom out of action,

The Thrill of Love - review

The facts are not in dispute. On 11 April 1955, Ruth Ellis shot and murdered her lover, David Blakely, outside a Hampstead pub. Ellis was found guilty and became the last woman to be hanged in Britain. But why was she so keen to admit her guilt, and so lo

Bitch Boxer/Bottleneck - review

Charlotte Josephine and Luke Barnes are two young writers who are going places. These monologues were both first seen at the Edinburgh fringe last summer, and while they are limited by their form, they both capture the excitement and vulnerability of yout

Bitch Boxer/Bottleneck - review

Charlotte Josephine and Luke Barnes are two young writers who are going places. These monologues were both first seen at the Edinburgh fringe last summer, and while they are limited by their form, they both capture the excitement and vulnerability of yout

Richard III - review

Richard III should probably thank Shakespeare. The playwright may have destroyed his reputation but, in doing so, he ensured the last Plantagenet lived on in the popular imagination.

The Full Monty - review

Screen-to-stage adaptations are two a penny (and often worth even less), but Simon Beaufoy's play, inspired by his own screenplay for the 1997 movie about a group of unemployed Sheffield steelworkers turned strippers, is the full Monty in more than one se