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Lyn Gardner

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

Liar, Liar - review

We are always told that we should tell the truth - but then it didn't do Cordelia in King Lear much good. Fourteen-year-old Grace (Danusia Samal) lives near the Olympic Park with her older sister and her dad, David, who drinks too much. Their mother wal

The Vagina Monologues - review

If Nancy Dell'Olio's vagina got dressed up, it would wear Harry Winston diamonds. At least, it would according to Eve Ensler's show, inspired by interviews with hundreds of women about their vaginas. The Vagina Monologues were written in the 1990s, long b

The Vortex - review

Noël Coward didn't just have a talent to amuse: he had a talent to shock. This 1924 play was the Look Back in Anger of its day, a drama that dismayed the upper classes who saw themselves portrayed in all their "vortex of beastliness".

One for the Road - review

Laurie Sansom's tenure at Northampton began with Sondheim's great masterpiece of middle-age regret, Follies. For his leave-taking (Samson is soon off to run the National Theatre of Scotland), he has chosen another story of squandered dreams and mid-life c

Great Expectations - review

A young unknown called Alan Cumming played Pip in Jo Clifford's adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel, first produced for Glasgow's wonderful TAG Theatre back in 1988. That production incorporated dance, but this new version boasts neither that nor Cumming