Theatres want Gardner blog back

More than 40 theatres sign letter calling for reinstatement of critic’s blog.

Theatres in the UK are asking the Guardian to reverse its decision to cancel the regular blog from its popular theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

More than 40 leaders from theatres including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sheffield Theatres and the Royal Exchange, have signed a letter to the newspaper calling on it to reinstate the Gardner blogs.

Gardner recently revealed that her contract to write 150 blogs a year was to be cancelled next month as part of an effort by the newspaper to cut costs.

In their letter the theatre leaders say "Lyn Gardner’s stage blog is a genuine piece of pioneering journalism. Uniquely insightful and hugely valuable, it is an essential component of the narrative of UK theatre today.

"She has long provided a space to interrogate and discuss the detail of our growing industry from issues of funding to the development of artistic practice and the vibrancy of our theatre ecology."

It adds that her work has created a vital public arena for everyone in the industry, adding: "Such digital platforms are an indispensable stage for critical and creative thinking about our industry. Together we urge the Guardian to reconsider the decision about this blog."

Signatories include Rufus Norris, Gregory Doran and Erica Whyman from the RSC and the Royal Exchange's artistic and executive directors Sarah Frankcom and Mark Dobson.


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