Save Lyn Gardner's Guardian Stage blog
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We are hugely disappointed by the recent news that Lyn Gardner's contract for 150 blogs a year for Guardian Stage has been cut. She's a vastly influential and well-respected figure, and her voice is vital to the health of the industry, both by creating a forward-looking portrait of the UK's ever-shifting theatre scene, and by championing new, experimental and regional artists who are neglected elsewhere.
Although she will still be producing regular reviews and features, neither of these formats allow her the space or freedom to do her most important work. Lyn Gardner's blog is a crucial, and unique arena for discussion of theatre. Multiple weekly posts allow her to point a broad, engaged audience to bold new work across the country, to join the dots between emerging trends, and to offer an unrivalled perspective on theatre's future.
We completely understand that the financial model for journalism is in crisis, and that The Guardian needs to make cuts. But as supporters of The Guardian, we hope that you will find a way to keep Lyn Gardner's blog going, whether through your readers' support or by targeted sponsorship – other newspapers, including The Boston Globe and Evening Standard, have used external funding to support their arts coverage without in any way compromising its integrity.
At a time when arts journalism is under constant threat, it's vital that publications like The Guardian have the vision to keep extending discussions around the arts to the widest audience possible. Please show that The Guardian values quality arts criticism by reinstating Lyn Gardner's blog.
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