Is there any difference between these two adverbs?
I haven't seen him recently.
I haven't seen him lately.
I've been to the theatre recently.
I've been to the theatre lately.
Maybe there are contexts when they are different in meaning?
The words are synonyms so they mean the same thing.
From my own understanding, it seems that "recently" might refer to the immediate past (hours, days, a week) and "lately" refers to longer periods of time (weeks, months).