Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor is chief reviewer for westend.broadwayworld.com and feels privileged to see so much of London's theatre.

He writes about cricket at nestaquin.wordpress.com and also for The Guardian, Spin Cricket and Channel Five and commentates at testmatchsofa.com. His writing on films and other subjects is at tootingtrumpet.wordpress.com.

Comments are always welcome.
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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014
Posted: Apr. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: KING CHARLES III, Almeida Theatre, April 10 2014BWW Reviews: KING CHARLES III, Almeida Theatre, April 10 2014
Posted: Apr. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews: I CAN'T SING!, London Palladium, March 26 2014BWW Reviews: I CAN'T SING!, London Palladium, March 26 2014
Posted: Mar. 27, 2014


Dame Gillian Lynne Launches DVD - The Secret To Her YouthDame Gillian Lynne Launches DVD - The Secret To Her Youth
Posted: Apr. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN, St James Theatre Studio, April 17 2014BWW Reviews: A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN, St James Theatre Studio, April 17 2014
Posted: Apr. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews: THREE SISTERS, Southwark Playhouse, April 8 2014BWW Reviews: THREE SISTERS, Southwark Playhouse, April 8 2014
Posted: Apr. 9, 2014


OLIVIERS 2014: From the Party in the Covent Garden PiazzaOLIVIERS 2014: From the Party in the Covent Garden Piazza
Posted: Apr. 13, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: EVITA, Opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, Arts Educational Schools, London, November 14 2013BWW Reviews: EVITA, Opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, Arts Educational Schools, London, November 14 2013
Posted: Nov. 15, 2013


2013 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2013 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 18, 2013


BWW Reviews: LOST BOY, Finborough Theatre, January 2 2014BWW Reviews: LOST BOY, Finborough Theatre, January 2 2014
Posted: Jan. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014
Posted: Apr. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, September 5 2013BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, September 5 2013
Posted: Sep. 5, 2013


BWW Reviews: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Pleasance Theatre, December 13 2013BWW Reviews: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Pleasance Theatre, December 13 2013
Posted: Dec. 14, 2013


BWW Reviews: HMS PINAFORE, Hackney Empire, February 15 2014BWW Reviews: HMS PINAFORE, Hackney Empire, February 15 2014
Posted: Feb. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: TRANSLATIONS, Rose Theatre Kingston, April 22 2014BWW Reviews: TRANSLATIONS, Rose Theatre Kingston, April 22 2014
April 23, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a serious play about serious stuff that seems a little too locked in its time to reach successfully across the decades. Much has happened since Brian Friel wrote Translations (continuing at The Rose Theatre until 3 May
BWW Reviews: A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN, St James Theatre Studio, April 17 2014BWW Reviews: A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN, St James Theatre Studio, April 17 2014
April 18, 2014

A Spoonful? It's rather more than that - 90 years more! But if you're feeling exhausted by the long haul from January 1 to April 18 for a day off work, A Spoonful of Sherman (back at St James Theatre Studio until 22 April) will certainly help the medicine to go down.
OLIVIERS 2014: From the Party in the Covent Garden PiazzaOLIVIERS 2014: From the Party in the Covent Garden Piazza
April 13, 2014

Gary Naylor spends a couple of hours on the Covent Garden cobbles watching the pre-show and the big screen feed of first half of the Oliviers 2014. On a perfect spring evening, Covent Garden was buzzing more than ever as I pushed past the men doing that 'hover above the pavement' trick you see in all capital cities and the statue-still spray-painted street 'entertainers' to pitch up at the Piazza for the big stage and big screens of the Oliviers 2014.
BWW Reviews: KING CHARLES III, Almeida Theatre, April 10 2014BWW Reviews: KING CHARLES III, Almeida Theatre, April 10 2014
April 11, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a play that has that touch of Marmite about it - you'll love it or you won't! It's hard to get a grip on the Constitution of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Brits may have written plenty of constitutions around the world, but they didn't write one for themselves.
Dame Gillian Lynne Launches DVD - The Secret To Her YouthDame Gillian Lynne Launches DVD - The Secret To Her Youth
April 10, 2014

To The Garrick Club where, in one of its opulent rooms ('It's like Downton Abbey,' I overheard one overawed guest remark), Dame Gillian Lynne told us of her secret to a long life. Turns out that if you want to look like you're in your mid-fifties when you're in you're mid-80s, exercise is the key!
BWW Reviews: THREE SISTERS, Southwark Playhouse, April 8 2014BWW Reviews: THREE SISTERS, Southwark Playhouse, April 8 2014
April 9, 2014

Gary Naylor sees Chekhov's classic updated, but diminished, saved by wonderful performances and the Russian's genius.
BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014
April 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a musical very much set in its location in terms of its plot, but not in terms of its staging. As generations of English cricketers have discovered, Australia is a hostile environment.
BWW Reviews: PRINCE IGOR, London Coliseum, April 1 2014BWW Reviews: PRINCE IGOR, London Coliseum, April 1 2014
April 2, 2014

The word 'epic' is derived from Ancient Greek via Latin, but it really should come from Russian - just ponder the vastness, the history, even the National Anthem! Nobody does epic like Russia.
BWW Reviews: I CAN'T SING!, London Palladium, March 26 2014BWW Reviews: I CAN'T SING!, London Palladium, March 26 2014
March 27, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a wonderfully entertaining musical about young love - and the X Factor - with an hilarious book from Harry Hill.
BWW Reviews: A LIFE OF GALILEO, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 25 2014BWW Reviews: A LIFE OF GALILEO, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 25 2014
March 25, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a classy production of Brecht's didactic play about politics, power and priests, that still has much to say in 2014.
BWW Reviews: TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 17 2014BWW Reviews: TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 17 2014
March 18, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a script by Ben Elton and songs by Rod Stewart give a old school night's entertainment with Tonight's the Night.
BWW Reviews: KING LEAR, Cockpit Theatre, March 14 2014BWW Reviews: KING LEAR, Cockpit Theatre, March 14 2014
March 16, 2014

It's hard to watch - it really is. David Ryall, now approaching 80, who plays the King who is losing his mind, is a real-life majestic actor who is, post chemotherapy, losing his memory - his reliance on a black book with the text highlighted may be a necessity, but it's a poignant reminder that Shakespeare captured mankind, and not merely a man, in his writing.
BWW Reviews: THE MAN INSIDE, Landor Theatre, March 13 2014BWW Reviews: THE MAN INSIDE, Landor Theatre, March 13 2014
March 16, 2014

Is there room for another re-working of 'The Strange case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde'? I'd have said no. But Tony Rees and Gary Young thought otherwise and the result is 'The Man Inside', a musical delivered all through with the cast cut to the doctor/devil and two women who also represent opposite natures.
BWW Reviews: RICHARD AND ADAM, Cadogan Hall, March 12 2014BWW Reviews: RICHARD AND ADAM, Cadogan Hall, March 12 2014
March 14, 2014

Gary Naylor sees the Jedward de nos jours (well, not really - they're much batter than them) sing classics and charm old and young alike.
BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - PROPELLER, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 11 2014BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - PROPELLER, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 11 2014
March 13, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a very individual all-male production of Shakespeare's multi-layered comedy.
BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - THE MAGIC FLUTE, Hackney Empire, March 8 2014BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - THE MAGIC FLUTE, Hackney Empire, March 8 2014
March 9, 2014

Gary Naylor sees Mozart's most popular opera stop in downtown Hackney on its national tour in rep with King Priam and Paul Bunyan.
BWW Reviews: BUKOWSKI'S CASS, The Vaults, March 4 2014BWW Reviews: BUKOWSKI'S CASS, The Vaults, March 4 2014
March 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a strange concoction of dance, drama, opera, poetry and music set on the seedier side of California - Bukowskiland, as it were.
BWW Reviews: VERSAILLES, Donmar Warehouse, February 27 2014BWW Reviews: VERSAILLES, Donmar Warehouse, February 27 2014
March 1, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a long play, full of good intentions, about the aftermath of World War I and its portents for the future.
BWW Reviews: MOON TIGER, Rose Theatre Kingston, February 25 2014BWW Reviews: MOON TIGER, Rose Theatre Kingston, February 25 2014
February 26, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a technically impressive but strangely distant adaptation of Penelope Lively's Booker Prize winning novel of 1987.
BWW Reviews: THE YOUNG WIFE AND DIDO AND AENEAS, King's Head Theatre, February 24 2014BWW Reviews: THE YOUNG WIFE AND DIDO AND AENEAS, King's Head Theatre, February 24 2014
February 25, 2014

Gary Naylor sees two operas (for the price of one) with plenty in common (and plenty not) in another highly innovative presentation from OperaUpClose.


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