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Lyn Gardner

National Theatre's Nicholas Hytner: a hard act to follow

Hytner's successor needs to make bold, brave changes to keep the NT relevant through the 21st century Everyone who works in theatre knows that it is the successful act that is the hardest one to follow. If you take over a less than spritely company or a

Cirque eloize: ID - review

From breakdancing to trampowalling, the Canadian circus's latest spectacle fizzes with skill and self-belief Take the energy of a small nuclear explosion and add the attitude of a stroppy teenager, and you have ID, the latest from Canada's Cirque eloize

The World of Extreme Happiness - review

When Sunny (Katie Leung) is born in rural China in 1992, she is put in the slop bucket for the pigs – like her four newborn sisters before her.

Ghosts - review

The portrait of the late Captain Alving may stare down from the wall in Stephen Unwin's swansong production for the Rose, but the ghosts in Ibsen's gripping 1882 drama are lies, not the dead. They come back to haunt with a greater vengeance than any reven

Scenes from a Marriage - review

St James, London Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley are lacerating as the central couple in this stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Marianne ( Olivia Williams ) and Johan (Mark Bazeley) seem to have it all: careers, money, lovely children, a beauti

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - review

The American gangster movie meets Richard III in Bertolt Brecht's allegorical satire, in which Adolf Hitler's rise to power is filtered through the story of a bunch of hoodlums attempting to take over the cauliflower trade in 1930s Chicago. Eventually the

Hopelessly Devoted - review

Chess (Amanda Wilkin) and Serena (Gbemisola Ikumeio) are cellmates in prison, and have become close.

Kes - review

Since the arrival of new artistic director Sarah Brigham at the Derby, it has begun to feel as if theatre is taking root in the city.

1984 - review

The Party plays plenty of mind games in George Orwell's novel about a world ruled by the all-seeing Big Brother, where love is forbidden, history erased and language twisted.

The Lightning Child - review

Euripides's last play still has a grip on British theatre. Significant revivals in recent memory include Kneehigh's joyously naughty exploration of the desire to dance and run riot, and Alan Cumming making a rock-star entrance in a roar of flame and a che