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: AATIF NAWAZ - MUSLIMS DO IT FIVE TIMES A DAY, Leicester Square Theatre, September 7 2014BWW Reviews: AATIF NAWAZ - MUSLIMS DO IT FIVE TIMES A DAY, Leicester Square Theatre, September 7 2014
Posted: Sep. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES, New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, September 4 2014BWW Reviews: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES, New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, September 4 2014
Posted: Sep. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, August 30 2014BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, August 30 2014
Posted: Aug. 31, 2014


BWW Previews: The London Stage, September 2014BWW Previews: The London Stage, September 2014
Posted: Sep. 2, 2014


BWW Reviews: EYE OF A NEEDLE, Southwark Playhouse, August 29 2014BWW Reviews: EYE OF A NEEDLE, Southwark Playhouse, August 29 2014
Posted: Aug. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Twickenham Theatre, September 19 2014BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Twickenham Theatre, September 19 2014
Posted: Sep. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Rose Theatre Kingston, September 5 2014BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Rose Theatre Kingston, September 5 2014
Posted: Sep. 6, 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: BRING UP THE BODIES, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014BWW Reviews: BRING UP THE BODIES, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014
Posted: May. 18, 2014


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: 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: PRICE OF MONEY, Albany Theatre, September 17 2014BWW Reviews: PRICE OF MONEY, Albany Theatre, September 17 2014
September 20, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a company brimming with talent and anger deliver a crushing critique of capitalism through dynamic, demanding drama - and plenty of well-placed sweary bits.
BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Twickenham Theatre, September 19 2014BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Twickenham Theatre, September 19 2014
September 20, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a remarkable production of a classic musical, one that brings the audience right into Sweeney's shop for a shave almost too close for comfort.
BWW Reviews: BRAZOUKA, New Wimbledon Theatre, September 16 2014BWW Reviews: BRAZOUKA, New Wimbledon Theatre, September 16 2014
September 17, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a show that makes up for its lack of any real story with energy, spectacle and a real connection with an audience who went off into the London night dreaming of Rio.
BWW Reviews: GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE, Arcola Theatre, September 15 2014BWW Reviews: GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE, Arcola Theatre, September 15 2014
September 16, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a twentieth anniversary production of a play that caused outrage in the mid-90s but feels overly familiar and overtaken by events in the mid-teens.
BWW Reviews: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, September 12 2014BWW Reviews: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, September 12 2014
September 13, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a bold and ambitious, and demanding, production of Brecht's classic anti-war play set in the unique and spectacular grounds of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.
BWW Reviews: LAND OF OUR FATHERS , Trafalgar Studios, September 11 2014BWW Reviews: LAND OF OUR FATHERS , Trafalgar Studios, September 11 2014
September 13, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a magnificently realised black comedy from debutant playwright Chris Urch, one that heralds a major new writer for the English stage.
BWW Reviews: THE DREAMING, Union Theatre, September 10 2014BWW Reviews: THE DREAMING, Union Theatre, September 10 2014
September 11, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a musical that captures the charm of its inspiration, A Midsummer Night's Dream, but is slightly let down by inconsistent singing.
BWW Reviews: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, New Wimbledon Theatre, September 9 2014BWW Reviews: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, New Wimbledon Theatre, September 9 2014
September 10, 2014

Gary Naylor sees an old-fashioned crowdpleaser of a musical, stuffed with the clever, catchy songs of all-time Broadway great Irving Berlin. There is indeed no business like show business.
BWW Reviews: AATIF NAWAZ - MUSLIMS DO IT FIVE TIMES A DAY, Leicester Square Theatre, September 7 2014BWW Reviews: AATIF NAWAZ - MUSLIMS DO IT FIVE TIMES A DAY, Leicester Square Theatre, September 7 2014
September 9, 2014

Aatif Nawaz's new show finds humour in the lives led by British Muslims, with their cultural roots in the subcontinent, in multicultural Britain and online. And shows that we all have plenty more in common than may first appear.
BWW Reviews: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES, New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, September 4 2014BWW Reviews: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES, New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, September 4 2014
September 6, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a musical brimming with ambition and confidence flawed only by a slight weakness in its storytelling, the complexities of the great 19th century novel a little lost in the adaptation.
BWW Reviews: LET ME STAY, Purcell Room, September 3 2014BWW Reviews: LET ME STAY, Purcell Room, September 3 2014
September 6, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a funny, sad, heartwarming performance that captures the life of Shirley McNamara, the Queen of the Mersey, a character that loomed large in the life of her daughter, Julie, and one now facing the inevitable final chapter of a life very well lived.
BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Rose Theatre Kingston, September 5 2014BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Rose Theatre Kingston, September 5 2014
September 6, 2014

Gary Nayor sees a production of Shakespeare's most loved comedy brimming with the traditional charm and wit one has come to expect from the Globe Theatre, about to tour the Far East.
BWW Reviews: THE BLANK CANVAS, King's Head Theatre, August 31 2014BWW Reviews: THE BLANK CANVAS, King's Head Theatre, August 31 2014
September 3, 2014

Gary Naylor sees the winner of OperaUpClose's new writing competition, an opera that may be confined to a small performing space, but one unafraid to ask some difficult questions and unafraid to be defined by challenging, but ultimately rewarding, music and sensational singing.
BWW Previews: The London Stage, September 2014BWW Previews: The London Stage, September 2014
September 2, 2014

Gary Naylor previews an exciting selection of September's new openings as London gears up for what should be its most successful Autumn since the credit crunch claimed its first victims seven years ago this month.
BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Temple Church, September 1 2014BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Temple Church, September 1 2014
September 2, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a unique production of Romeo and Juliet set in the nave of the extraordinary Temple Church, resting place of the legendary Knights Templar.
BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, August 30 2014BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, August 30 2014
August 31, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a triumphant return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall for The Tiger Lillies, the cult trio led by Martyn Jacques, whose songs about the world that lurks just out of our sight in the dark dangerous shadows, have built a global following.
BWW Reviews: EYE OF A NEEDLE, Southwark Playhouse, August 29 2014BWW Reviews: EYE OF A NEEDLE, Southwark Playhouse, August 29 2014
August 30, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a new play set in the Kafkaesque world of the UK's Border Agency as a young idealist butts up against an old hand when a charismatic political activist shakes up the system.
BWW Reviews: SETH RUDETSKY'S DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY, Leicester Square Theatre, August 10 2014BWW Reviews: SETH RUDETSKY'S DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY, Leicester Square Theatre, August 10 2014
August 11, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a spectacularly entertaining show in which the laughs and the learning keeps coming and coming and coming - though Cher fans may wish to take a raincheck.
BWW Reviews: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, August 4 2014BWW Reviews: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, August 4 2014
August 5, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys an adaptation of a classic that stretches both the running time and the whimsy , but delivers on the spectacle and the humour. Do wrap up warm though!
BWW Reviews: DRAG KING RICHARD III, Riverside Studios, July 31 2014BWW Reviews: DRAG KING RICHARD III, Riverside Studios, July 31 2014
August 1, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a play about a person's transition from female to male and how that impacts on her best friend - and himself. Though the context is historical, the lessons are as relevant today as ever.


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