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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: THE GREEN BAY TREE, Jermyn Street Theatre, November 28 2014BWW Reviews: THE GREEN BAY TREE, Jermyn Street Theatre, November 28 2014
Posted: Nov. 29, 2014


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 MIKADO, Charing Cross Theatre, December 2 2014BWW Reviews: THE MIKADO, Charing Cross Theatre, December 2 2014
Posted: Dec. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: PETER PAN, Chickenshed, November 29 2014BWW Reviews: PETER PAN, Chickenshed, November 29 2014
Posted: Nov. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Rose Theatre, December 4 2014BWW Reviews: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Rose Theatre, December 4 2014
Posted: Dec. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Bridge House Theatre, December 11 2014BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Bridge House Theatre, December 11 2014
Posted: Dec. 12, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, King's Head Theatre, December 6 2014BWW Reviews: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, King's Head Theatre, December 6 2014
Posted: Dec. 7, 2014


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


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


BWW Reviews: LA BOHEME, King's Head Theatre, December 18 2014BWW Reviews: LA BOHEME, King's Head Theatre, December 18 2014
December 19, 2014

Gary Naylor sees the second of OperaUpClose's valedictory season at the King's Head and finds its most famous and most garlanded production as fresh as ever.
BWW Reviews: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Almeida Theatre, December 15 2014BWW Reviews: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Almeida Theatre, December 15 2014
December 17, 2014

Gary Naylor sees an extraordinary production of Shakespeare's most controversial play, one full of ambiguity and vicious cruelty, both physical and mental.
BWW Reviews: MISS HAVISHAM'S EXPECTATIONS AND SIKES AND NANCY, Trafalgar Studios, December 12 2014BWW Reviews: MISS HAVISHAM'S EXPECTATIONS AND SIKES AND NANCY, Trafalgar Studios, December 12 2014
December 14, 2014

Gary Naylor sees two supercharged shows united by their format and their willingness to explore the darker side of the man who invented the modern Christmas.
BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Bridge House Theatre, December 11 2014BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Bridge House Theatre, December 11 2014
December 12, 2014

Gary Naylor sees an imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed adaptation of a Christmas standard that never goes out of fashion.
BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, St James Theatre Studio, December 10 2014BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, St James Theatre Studio, December 10 2014
December 11, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a beautifully judged show that revisits some of the most famous Christmas songs and poems and delivers them with panache and charm.
BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA, New Wimbledon Theatre, December 9 2014BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA, New Wimbledon Theatre, December 9 2014
December 10, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a panto packed with audience-pleasing routines and splendid performances, one that continues this venue's tradition of big shows with big stars.
2014 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2014 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
December 10, 2014

Gary Naylor looks back on another hugely varied and entertaining year in the London's stalls marveling again at the commitment, skills and energy of everyone involved.
BWW Reviews: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, King's Head Theatre, December 6 2014BWW Reviews: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, King's Head Theatre, December 6 2014
December 7, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a a fine start to OperaUpClose's swansong to the King's Head with a Donizetti classic adapted for a Beverley Hills mansion.
BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK, Theatre 503, December 5 2014BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK, Theatre 503, December 5 2014
December 7, 2014

Gary Naylor sees another fringe panto full of enthusiasm, audience participation and laughs, the perfect alternative if you're tired of soap stars, high prices and special effects.
BWW Reviews: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Rose Theatre, December 4 2014BWW Reviews: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Rose Theatre, December 4 2014
December 6, 2014

Gary Nayloe sees a beautiful, Christmassy adaptation of the CS Lewis's classic tale of talking animals, the fight between good and evil and imposition of childhood responsibility.
BWW Reviews: TIMES SQUARE ANGEL, Union Theatre, December 3 2014BWW Reviews: TIMES SQUARE ANGEL, Union Theatre, December 3 2014
December 4, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a short, sharp, sweet play that has echoes of Christmas classics, but retains its own sense of the festive season in the Big Apple.
BWW Reviews: THE MIKADO, Charing Cross Theatre, December 2 2014BWW Reviews: THE MIKADO, Charing Cross Theatre, December 2 2014
December 3, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a production that delivers much for the eye but maybe not quite enough for the ear - but there's no such thing as a dull Mikado, so he comes away smiling.
BWW Reviews: BILLY THE KID A PANTO WESTERN, Rosemary Branch Theatre, December 1 2014BWW Reviews: BILLY THE KID A PANTO WESTERN, Rosemary Branch Theatre, December 1 2014
December 3, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys one of his treats of the year, the boutique panto that's short on space but long on laughs, invention and music.
BWW Reviews: PETER PAN, Chickenshed, November 29 2014BWW Reviews: PETER PAN, Chickenshed, November 29 2014
November 30, 2014

Gary Naylor sees another spectacular Christmas production at Chickenshed, an uplifting vision of humanity and a wonderfully entertaining show.
BWW Reviews: THE GREEN BAY TREE, Jermyn Street Theatre, November 28 2014BWW Reviews: THE GREEN BAY TREE, Jermyn Street Theatre, November 28 2014
November 29, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a revival of a play controversial in its time and somewhat unsatisfactory today. Nevertheless, it is beautiful to look at.
BWW Reviews: SLEEPING BOOTY!, Leicester Square Theatre, November 27 2014BWW Reviews: SLEEPING BOOTY!, Leicester Square Theatre, November 27 2014
November 28, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a panto that breaks the fourth wall, breaks taboos and breaks wind - not one for the faint-hearted, but a good laugh for everyone who buys in!
BWW Reviews: SAXON COURT, Southwark Playhouse, November 24 2014BWW Reviews: SAXON COURT, Southwark Playhouse, November 24 2014
November 26, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a promising, if overly long and shouty, comedy set in a City office that isn't coping too well with the financial and social backlash of the 2008 recession.
BWW Reviews: THE S&S AWARD GALA, St James Theatre, November 23 2014BWW Reviews: THE S&S AWARD GALA, St James Theatre, November 23 2014
November 24, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys an Awards Show that seeks out new talent in musical theatre and provides them with a step on the rung to the West End with a West End Gala showcase.
BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - IL BARBIERE DE SEVIGLIA, Cineworld Wandsworth, November 22 2014BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - IL BARBIERE DE SEVIGLIA, Cineworld Wandsworth, November 22 2014
November 24, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys his first experience of opera beamed from the New York Met into the cinemas of the UK. Inevitably, one can hardly go wrong in the company of Seville's celebrated barber, despite quite a few hiccups on the way.
BWW Reviews: ROCK OF AGES, New Wimbledon Theatre, November 18 2014BWW Reviews: ROCK OF AGES, New Wimbledon Theatre, November 18 2014
November 19, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a jukebox musical that takes us back to the 80s - in more ways than one - but leaves its audience on its feet, demanding more.


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