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


BWW Reviews: ALICE ON THE UNDERGROUND, Chickenshed Studio, October 8 2014BWW Reviews: ALICE ON THE UNDERGROUND, Chickenshed Studio, October 8 2014
Posted: Oct. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: JULIUS CAESAR, Saatchi Gallery, October 2 2014BWW Reviews: JULIUS CAESAR, Saatchi Gallery, October 2 2014
Posted: Oct. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Brockley Jack Theatre, October 3 2014BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Brockley Jack Theatre, October 3 2014
Posted: Oct. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: OUR TOWN, Almeida Theatre, October 17 2014BWW Reviews: OUR TOWN, Almeida Theatre, October 17 2014
Posted: Oct. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews: FRANCES RUFFELLE - PARIS ORIGINAL, St James Theatre Studio, October 1 2014BWW Reviews: FRANCES RUFFELLE - PARIS ORIGINAL, St James Theatre Studio, October 1 2014
Posted: Oct. 2, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, King's Head Theatre, October 6 2014BWW Reviews: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, King's Head Theatre, October 6 2014
Posted: Oct. 7, 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: 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: 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: GIRLFRIENDS, Union Theatre, October 31 2014BWW Reviews: GIRLFRIENDS, Union Theatre, October 31 2014
November 1, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a musical performed with great commitment and skill let down by a plodding book and a half-hearted introduction of the question of morality in wartime.
BWW Reviews: THE PERFECT MURDER, New Wimbledon Theatre, October 27 2014BWW Reviews: THE PERFECT MURDER, New Wimbledon Theatre, October 27 2014
October 28, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a well-crafted, old-fashioned murder mystery, the comic touches of which cannot quite compensate for the hideous characters portrayed.
BWW Reviews: THE RIVALS, Arcola Theatre, October 21 2014BWW Reviews: THE RIVALS, Arcola Theatre, October 21 2014
October 23, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a classic of the English Stage delivered with verve and wit - he just hopes that the cast were enjoying it as much as they appeared to do!
BWW Reviews: OUR TOWN, Almeida Theatre, October 17 2014BWW Reviews: OUR TOWN, Almeida Theatre, October 17 2014
October 18, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a slice of early twentieth century life in which not quite enough happens, but in an interesting and innovative way, beautifully acted and intelligently staged.
BWW Reviews: EAST IS EAST, Trafalgar Studios, October 15 2014BWW Reviews: EAST IS EAST, Trafalgar Studios, October 15 2014
October 16, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a revival of one of the 90s classic comedies that retains plenty of punch, nearly twenty years on
BWW Reviews: ALICE ON THE UNDERGROUND, Chickenshed Studio, October 8 2014BWW Reviews: ALICE ON THE UNDERGROUND, Chickenshed Studio, October 8 2014
October 9, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys a wonderful life-affirming show that paints a grim picture of London yet leaves you with a spring in your step, the world a whole lot brighter for the experience. Musical theatre at its best.
BWW Reviews: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, King's Head Theatre, October 6 2014BWW Reviews: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, King's Head Theatre, October 6 2014
October 7, 2014

Gary Naylor sees another wonderful version of a most famous opera done in a way that is accessible for all yet pleases the aficionados too. A fine swansong to a venue that has provided a home for OperaUpClose for four years.
BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Brockley Jack Theatre, October 3 2014BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Brockley Jack Theatre, October 3 2014
October 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a version of one of Shakespeare's more difficult plays set in the violent world of London's East End of the 1960s, but one with plenty of laughs too.
BWW Reviews: JULIUS CAESAR, Saatchi Gallery, October 2 2014BWW Reviews: JULIUS CAESAR, Saatchi Gallery, October 2 2014
October 3, 2014

Gary Naylor sees the first ever drama production to be hosted by the Saatchi Gallery, Proud Haddock's smart Julius Caesar, set in the present day - and powerfully so.
BWW Reviews: FRANCES RUFFELLE - PARIS ORIGINAL, St James Theatre Studio, October 1 2014BWW Reviews: FRANCES RUFFELLE - PARIS ORIGINAL, St James Theatre Studio, October 1 2014
October 2, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a fine cabaret that jumps in and out of French and English language songs before finishing with a classic in any language. You'll regret it if you miss it!
BWW Reviews: SINGLE SPIES, Rose Theatre, September 30 2014BWW Reviews: SINGLE SPIES, Rose Theatre, September 30 2014
October 1, 2014

Gary Naylor sees two beautifully written, splendidly acted timeless plays that say as much about England today as they did in the 1980s. Funny, clever and relevant - what more can one ask?
BEHIND THE SCENES: Live Cinema Broadcast of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL - A Teenager's ViewBEHIND THE SCENES: Live Cinema Broadcast of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL - A Teenager's View
September 29, 2014

What does a kid roughly the same age as Billy think about Billy Elliot The Musical? Linus Boselius gives his view of the show right here.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Live Cinema Broadcast of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, Victoria Palace Theatre, September 28 2014BEHIND THE SCENES: Live Cinema Broadcast of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, Victoria Palace Theatre, September 28 2014
September 29, 2014

Gary Naylor sees his first Billy Elliot and marvels at a tremendous central performance while wondering if the show is just a little too manipulative for his tastes.
BWW Reviews: THE VERTICAL HOUR, Park Theatre, September 25 2014BWW Reviews: THE VERTICAL HOUR, Park Theatre, September 25 2014
September 26, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a play that remains as relevant today as on its Broadway premiere seven years ago: one that scores high on talk but, inevitably, low on solutions.
BWW Reviews: RUDY'S RARE RECORDS, Hackney Empire, September 24 2014BWW Reviews: RUDY'S RARE RECORDS, Hackney Empire, September 24 2014
September 25, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys a stage adaptation of a Radio 4 sitcom set in an old record shop in Handsworth, Birmingham, populated by a family falling out and making up the way families do.
BWW Reviews: LONG STORY SHORT, Charing Cross Theatre, September 18 2014BWW Reviews: LONG STORY SHORT, Charing Cross Theatre, September 18 2014
September 22, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a brilliant new play about new media's impact on traditional news values and on the men and women caught at the sharp end of an industry hurtling ever more quickly towards an ever more uncertain future.
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.


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