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Gary Naylor

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: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015
Posted: Mar. 24, 2015


BWW Reviews: SPEND SPEND SPEND, Union Theatre, March 28 2015BWW Reviews: SPEND SPEND SPEND, Union Theatre, March 28 2015
Posted: Mar. 30, 2015


BWW Reviews: THRILL ME - THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY, Greenwich Theatre, April 9 2015BWW Reviews: THRILL ME - THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY, Greenwich Theatre, April 9 2015
Posted: Apr. 10, 2015


BWW Reviews: DEAD SHEEP, Park Theatre, April 2 2015BWW Reviews: DEAD SHEEP, Park Theatre, April 2 2015
Posted: Apr. 4, 2015


BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, March 20 2015BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, March 20 2015
Posted: Mar. 23, 2015


BWW Reviews: RUMPY PUMPY, Landor Theatre, April 14 2015BWW Reviews: RUMPY PUMPY, Landor Theatre, April 14 2015
Posted: Apr. 15, 2015


BWW Reviews: CREDITORS, Brockley Jack Theatre, March 26 2015BWW Reviews: CREDITORS, Brockley Jack Theatre, March 26 2015
Posted: Mar. 29, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

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: EAST IS EAST, Trafalgar Studios, October 15 2014BWW Reviews: EAST IS EAST, Trafalgar Studios, October 15 2014
Posted: Oct. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: ABOUT MISS JULIE, King's Head Theatre, July 3 2014BWW Reviews: ABOUT MISS JULIE, King's Head Theatre, July 3 2014
Posted: Jul. 4, 2014


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: WOLF HALL, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014BWW Reviews: WOLF HALL, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014
Posted: May. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, Union Theatre, January 30 2015BWW Reviews: WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, Union Theatre, January 30 2015
Posted: Jan. 31, 2015


BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S ACE OF CLUBS, Union Theatre, May 9 2014BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S ACE OF CLUBS, Union Theatre, May 9 2014
Posted: May. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: SCARLET, Southwark Playhouse, April 17 2015BWW Reviews: SCARLET, Southwark Playhouse, April 17 2015
April 18, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play full of innovation, one that could only have been written in the last year or two - a rare example of truly contemporary theatre staged in 2015.
BWW Reviews: CHEEK BY JOWL MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Silk Street Theatre Barbican, April 16 2015BWW Reviews: CHEEK BY JOWL MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Silk Street Theatre Barbican, April 16 2015
April 17, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a visually stunning and powerful version of one of Shakespeare's problem plays, stripped back to its moral dilemmas
BWW Reviews: SASHA REGAN'S ALL-MALE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Richmond Theatre, April 15 2015BWW Reviews: SASHA REGAN'S ALL-MALE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Richmond Theatre, April 15 2015
April 17, 2015

Gary Naylor enjoys an unorthodox version of one of British Theatre's most performed shows - and finds it as modern and majorly entertaining as ever!
BWW Reviews: RUMPY PUMPY, Landor Theatre, April 14 2015BWW Reviews: RUMPY PUMPY, Landor Theatre, April 14 2015
April 15, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a debut musical that has great songs and an important message, but needs to get more from its cast in order to reach its potential.
BWW Reviews: THRILL ME - THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY, Greenwich Theatre, April 9 2015BWW Reviews: THRILL ME - THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY, Greenwich Theatre, April 9 2015
April 10, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a scary, shocking, sordid evocation of a murder now 90 years in the past, but still capable of making one stop and think about whether we're really all that different from the psychopaths portrayed.
BWW Reviews: DEAD SHEEP, Park Theatre, April 2 2015BWW Reviews: DEAD SHEEP, Park Theatre, April 2 2015
April 4, 2015

Gary Naylor enjoys a funny, and very scary, play that imagines just what may have happened to see off Margaret Thatcher, one of two politicians to win a secure majority in a UK election in the last 45 years.
BWW Interviews: Sasha Regan, Director of All-Male PIRATES OF PENZANCEBWW Interviews: Sasha Regan, Director of All-Male PIRATES OF PENZANCE
April 2, 2015

Gary Naylor talks to Sasha Regan ahead of the UK Tour of her All Male Pirates of Penzance. He learns that some people find that casting unusual, but soon settle into a unique experience.
BWW Reviews: SPEND SPEND SPEND, Union Theatre, March 28 2015BWW Reviews: SPEND SPEND SPEND, Union Theatre, March 28 2015
March 30, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a musical adaptation of one of the icons of British 20th-century tabloid media, Viv Nicholson, who won the pools, lost a husband (or five) and gained the wisdom of late middle age - and survived.
BWW Reviews: CREDITORS, Brockley Jack Theatre, March 26 2015BWW Reviews: CREDITORS, Brockley Jack Theatre, March 26 2015
March 29, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a claustrophobic examination of personalities on the edge of cracking, incapable of occupying the same space, yet lost without each other.
BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015
March 24, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a 25th Anniversary Show of a classic musical that, even after all those performances, still has the feel of a first draft in need of a tidying-up.
BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, March 20 2015BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, March 20 2015
March 23, 2015

The Demon Barber is back! With the seal approval of the highest authority in musical theatre, Tooting Arts Club have transported their pie shop from SW17 to W1 to recreate one of 2014's smash hits.
BWW Reviews: SHRAPNEL: 34 FRAGMENTS OF A MASSACRE, Arcola Theatre, March 16 2015BWW Reviews: SHRAPNEL: 34 FRAGMENTS OF A MASSACRE, Arcola Theatre, March 16 2015
March 17, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a fierce condemnation of the multi-faceted situation that led to 34 men, many of them teenagers, losing their lives on a mountain pass between Turkey and Iraq.
BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Cineworld Wandsworth, March 14 2015BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Cineworld Wandsworth, March 14 2015
March 16, 2015

Gary Naylor is left awed by the performances, the spectacle and the sensory overload of the penultimate show in the New York Met's season of operas broadcast to cinemas around the world.
BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - LA BOHEME, Hackney Empire, March 13 2015BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - LA BOHEME, Hackney Empire, March 13 2015
March 14, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a tremendously impassioned production of Puccini's masterpiece, its power given full rein by musicians and singers who can fill a large theatre with this magical opera.
BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - THE WILD MAN OF THE WEST INDIES, Hackney Empire, March 12 2015BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - THE WILD MAN OF THE WEST INDIES, Hackney Empire, March 12 2015
March 13, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a rare revival of one of Gaetano Donizetti's many works and finds it lovely to listen to and as packed with emotion as one has come to expect from Italian opera.
BWW Reviews: LET IT BE, Garrick Theatre, March 11 2015BWW Reviews: LET IT BE, Garrick Theatre, March 11 2015
March 12, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show that goes straight to the crowdpleasing mega-hits dispensing with any plot and lets the songs stand, magnificently, on their own two feet.
BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Peacock Theatre, March 10 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Peacock Theatre, March 10 2015
March 12, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a ballet version of Romeo and Juliet that builds the story through scenes drawing on a wide range of music and dance.
BWW Reviews: THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET ICONS GALA, London Coliseum, March 8 2015BWW Reviews: THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET ICONS GALA, London Coliseum, March 8 2015
March 10, 2015

Gary Naylor enjoys an extraordinary evening of vignettes by ultra-talented dancers that underlines, again, that balance, grace and technique lie at the heart of what pleases the eye in any physical endeavour.
BWW Reviews: THE SIEGE OF CALAIS, Hackney Empire, March 7 2015BWW Reviews: THE SIEGE OF CALAIS, Hackney Empire, March 7 2015
March 8, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a reminder of the persistence of the brutality of war sung wonderfully well with the power of an orchestra in the pit and a libretto that does not flinch in the face of horror.
BWW Reviews: YARICO, London Theatre Workshop, March 6 2015BWW Reviews: YARICO, London Theatre Workshop, March 6 2015
March 8, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show full of great songs and strong performances and the professional debut of Liberty Buckland - a name to remember.


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