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.



MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


BWW Review: SLEEPING BEAUTY, Richmond TheatreBWW Review: SLEEPING BEAUTY, Richmond Theatre
Posted: Dec. 8, 2016


BWW Review: PETER PAN, National Theatre, 2 December 2016BWW Review: PETER PAN, National Theatre, 2 December 2016
Posted: Dec. 4, 2016


BWW Review: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, Park TheatreBWW Review: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, Park Theatre
Posted: Dec. 9, 2016


BWW Review: KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, Southwark Playhouse
Posted: Dec. 14, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


BWW Review: CARGO, Arcola Theatre, 8 July 2016BWW Review: CARGO, Arcola Theatre, 8 July 2016
Posted: Jul. 9, 2016


BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Jermyn Street Theatre, February 5 2016BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Jermyn Street Theatre, February 5 2016
Posted: Feb. 7, 2016


BWW Review: ALLEGRO, Southwark Playhouse, 12 August 2016BWW Review: ALLEGRO, Southwark Playhouse
Posted: Aug. 13, 2016


BWW Review: ORPHANS, Southwark Playhouse, February 12 2016BWW Review: ORPHANS, Southwark Playhouse, February 12 2016
Posted: Feb. 15, 2016


BWW Review: LA RONDE, The BunkerBWW Review: LA RONDE, The Bunker
February 18, 2017

Max Gill's clever adaptation of this classic play brings it right up to date, into the world of Tinder and Grindr and fluid sexual identities.

BWW Review: VENTOUX, Vault FestivalBWW Review: VENTOUX, Vault Festival
February 18, 2017

Ventoux captures two very different men going mano a mano against each other, against the Tour de France's most fearsome mountain and, ultimately, against history's insistence that they pay a full price for their sins.

BWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Jack Studio Theatre
February 16, 2017

Intense and focused, this adaptation of Dostoyevsky's celebrated novel ratchets up the tension without losing the material's intellectual heft.

BWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union TheatreBWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union Theatre
February 12, 2017

Anyone Can Whistle is a rare combination of a well-deserved flop and a must-see show. Swallow the myriad flaws, and its an entertaining, sharp and eerily prophetic show.

BWW Review: MY LAND'S SHORE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown TheatreBWW Review: MY LAND'S SHORE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
February 11, 2017

The show has bags of potential, passion to burn and excellent singing, but is let down by a pedestrian book and sprawling subplots.

BWW Review: NEWSIES THE BROADWAY MUSICAL, Selected cinemas, 19 February onlyBWW Review: NEWSIES THE BROADWAY MUSICAL, Selected cinemas, 19 February only
February 10, 2017

This one-off cinema presentation is a great way to see Newsies The Broadway Musical and get a feel for what it's like to be in a big New York audience.

BWW Review: RUN THE BEAST DOWN, Finborough TheatreBWW Review: RUN THE BEAST DOWN, Finborough Theatre
February 8, 2017

Run The Beast Down creates a world collapsing psychologically and socially as the foxes, real and metaphorical, close in on Charlie.

BWW Review: SCHOOL PLAY, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: SCHOOL PLAY, Southwark Playhouse
February 7, 2017

Contemporary and hard-hitting, Alex MacKeith's debut, School Play, doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.

BWW Review: SALOME, Hoxton HallBWW Review: SALOME, Hoxton Hall
February 4, 2017

Impressively designed in a wonderful space, Theatre Lab Company's Salome isn't quite compelling enough as entertainment nor thought-provoking enough as polemic.

Sweeney Todd in New York: How Rachel Edwards Brought Her Show To TownSweeney Todd in New York: How Rachel Edwards Brought Her Show To Town
February 6, 2017

Gary Naylor traces five years in which a show playing to 32 customers in a rundown shop on a back street in distant district of South London made it first to the West End and now to New York.

BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S FANTASTIC MR FOX, Lyric HammersmithBWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S FANTASTIC MR FOX, Lyric Hammersmith
February 2, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a new adaptation of an old favourite that hits the mark with broad appeal, plenty of laughs and fine songs.

BWW Review: YEARS OF SUNLIGHT, Theatre503BWW Review: YEARS OF SUNLIGHT, Theatre503
January 31, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a play that examines the failures of the social experiment of Skelmersdale, a 60s council mega estate stuck between Liverpool and Wigan

BWW Review: DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY, Arts TheatreBWW Review: DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY, Arts Theatre
January 26, 2017

Gary Naylor sees an award-winning show get a deserved transfer to the West End where it bubbles with laughs and some hard edged observations of how we live today.

BWW Review: US/THEM, National TheatreBWW Review: US/THEM, National Theatre
January 23, 2017

Gary Naylor sees an extraordinary hour of storytelling that releases the human spirit from its physical incarceration.

BWW Review: THE DOPPEL GANG, Tristan Bates TheatreBWW Review: THE DOPPEL GANG, Tristan Bates Theatre
January 18, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a comedy that lacks the pace and focus it needs to realise its potential.

BWW Review: RAISING MARTHA, Park TheatreBWW Review: RAISING MARTHA, Park Theatre
January 18, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a wonderfully funny farce blessed with strong performances and a script that packs a punch along with the punchlines.

BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA, Royal Opera HouseBWW Review: LA TRAVIATA, Royal Opera House
January 17, 2017

Gary Naylor enjoys a treat for eyes and ears with music and singing and love and hate coming together in opera's unique alchemy.

BWW Review: ABIGAIL, The Bunker TheatreBWW Review: ABIGAIL, The Bunker Theatre
January 14, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a play with a tricksy structure and a vagueness in its script that leaves the actors with few places to go.

BWW Review: BIRTHDAY SUIT, Old Red Lion TheatreBWW Review: BIRTHDAY SUIT, Old Red Lion Theatre
January 14, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a funny, contemporary comedy blessed with an Ayckbournesque script and some very fine acting.

BWW Review: LA LA LANDBWW Review: LA LA LAND
January 13, 2017

Gary Naylor sees La La Land, a film that hits you as hard in the heart as it does in the head. He doubts if he'll see a better movie in 2017.



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