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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.
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, Union Theatre, April 28 2015BWW Reviews: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, Union Theatre, April 28 2015
Posted: Apr. 29, 2015


BWW Reviews: AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, The Print Room, April 30 2015BWW Reviews: AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, The Print Room, April 30 2015
Posted: May. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Bridge House Theatre, May 5 2015BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Bridge House Theatre, May 5 2015
Posted: May. 6, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE FLANNELETTES, King's Head Theatre, May 19 2015BWW Reviews: THE FLANNELETTES, King's Head Theatre, May 19 2015
Posted: May. 21, 2015


BWW Reviews: SKIN IN FLAMES, Park Theatre, May 14 2015BWW Reviews: SKIN IN FLAMES, Park Theatre, May 14 2015
Posted: May. 16, 2015


BWW Reviews: CARRIE, Southwark Playhouse, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: CARRIE, Southwark Playhouse, May 6 2015
Posted: May. 7, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, May 27 2015BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, May 27 2015
Posted: May. 28, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

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: 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: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015BWW Reviews: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015
Posted: Apr. 22, 2015


BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - THE MERRY WIDOW, Cineworld Wandsworth, January 17 2015BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - THE MERRY WIDOW, Cineworld Wandsworth, January 17 2015
Posted: Jan. 18, 2015


2014 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2014 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, May 27 2015BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, May 27 2015
May 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a gender-flipped Taming of the Shrew that would benefit from further focus on its two lead lovers (and fighters).
BWW Reviews: THE FLANNELETTES, King's Head Theatre, May 19 2015BWW Reviews: THE FLANNELETTES, King's Head Theatre, May 19 2015
May 21, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a comedy drama with an edge as hard as the coal that used to be hewn from the pits beneath the village in which it is set.
BWW Reviews: SKIN IN FLAMES, Park Theatre, May 14 2015BWW Reviews: SKIN IN FLAMES, Park Theatre, May 14 2015
May 16, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an intense drama, performed in the UK for the first time, that shows how imbalances of power can lead to abuse, but also to a kind of cynical deal that benefits those willing to settle.
BWW Reviews: CARRIE, Southwark Playhouse, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: CARRIE, Southwark Playhouse, May 6 2015
May 7, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a musical revival that has its flaws but also has two flawless central performances, with acting and singing of the highest quality.
BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Bridge House Theatre, May 5 2015BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Bridge House Theatre, May 5 2015
May 6, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a man he feels he knows well (through over 60 years of diaries) brought to life in a warm tribute with just enough edge to show that he mattered.
BWW Reviews: AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, The Print Room, April 30 2015BWW Reviews: AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, The Print Room, April 30 2015
May 2, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play that intertwines eight monologues from eight women getting by as best they can in contemporary London.
BWW Reviews: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, Union Theatre, April 28 2015BWW Reviews: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, Union Theatre, April 28 2015
April 29, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a musical that has much going for it, but is let down by a predictable script and some uneven singing and acting,
BWW Reviews: EVE FERRET - MADAME BOUFFANT, Cafe Koha, April 24 2015BWW Reviews: EVE FERRET - MADAME BOUFFANT, Cafe Koha, April 24 2015
April 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a classy cabaret perfectly staged downstairs in a cafe located in the very heart of London's throbbing West End.
BWW Reviews: AMERICAN BUFFALO, Wyndham's Theatre, April 27 2015BWW Reviews: AMERICAN BUFFALO, Wyndham's Theatre, April 27 2015
April 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an important work of 20th century drama delivered with great confidence by superstar actors but, ultimately, finds it just a little too bloodless for his tastes.
BWW Reviews: RESULT, Pleasance Theatre, April 23 2015BWW Reviews: RESULT, Pleasance Theatre, April 23 2015
April 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees football brilliantly brought to life on stage in a cautionary tale about what happens when 18-year-old players are handed a professional contract and what happens when they are not.
BWW Reviews: CLARION, Arcola Theatre, April 22 2015BWW Reviews: CLARION, Arcola Theatre, April 22 2015
April 23, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a wonderfully funny swearfest of a comedy set in the moral cesspit of a newspaper not too dissimilar to one or two in a newsagent near you.
BWW Reviews: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015BWW Reviews: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015
April 22, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play set in a private school, packed with drama and distinguished by a tremendous set of performances by young non-professional actors.
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.


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