Lyn Gardner: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 has shown that if you put diversity on stage, audiences come
24 August 2018
“It’s time to free ourselves from the obsession with the perfectly formed, beautifully diverse audience,” declared Nicholas Hytner in the Sunday Times a decade ago. There has been some – but of course not enough, not nearly enough – movement and improvement in British theatre’s diversity to suggest that when Hytner made those comments he was already swimming against the tide. But I wonder whether it might be that the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe has really proved him wrong and proven that there is a massive – and diverse – audience out there for shows of all kinds.
Picture credit: The Stage Edinburgh Award winners for Queens of Sheba. Photo: Alex Brenner