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

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
Posted: Feb. 6, 2017


BWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates TheatreBWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates Theatre
Posted: Feb. 22, 2017


Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre?Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre?
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union TheatreBWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union Theatre
Posted: Feb. 12, 2017


BWW Review: LA RONDE, The BunkerBWW Review: LA RONDE, The Bunker
Posted: Feb. 18, 2017


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: THREE SISTERS, Union TheatreBWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Union Theatre
Posted: Jan. 7, 2017


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


BWW Review: BIRTHDAY SUIT, Old Red Lion TheatreBWW Review: BIRTHDAY SUIT, Old Red Lion Theatre
Posted: Jan. 14, 2017


BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16
March 23, 2017

Philip Ridley's dystopian nightmare has moments of poetry and humour but is ultimately just too relentlessly grim and must be endured rather than enjoyed.

BWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose TheatreBWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose Theatre
March 20, 2017

Naples is brought to London, as we track the extraordinary lives of Lila and Lenu in an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that overreaches itself.

BWW Review: THREESOME, Union TheatreBWW Review: THREESOME, Union Theatre
March 19, 2017

Threesome is often crude, sometimes boldly empowering and occasionally shows a glimpse of something more sophisticated emerging, but ultimately falls a little short on laughs.

BWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican TheatreBWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican Theatre
March 18, 2017

Extraordinary, astonishing, unmissable five star production that brings three of Shakespeare's plays up to date in an electrifying production that should not be missed.

BWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance TheatreBWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance Theatre
March 16, 2017

After Party sees tensions, long since buried, bubble to the surface, as one of the old gang returns from prison to settle old scores and reclaim what he believes to be his.

BWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric HammersmithBWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric Hammersmith
March 15, 2017

Seventeen captures a cathartic moment in young people's lives - the last day at school - but does not reach its potential due to a largely lacklustre script.

BWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar WarehouseBWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar Warehouse
March 14, 2017

Limehouse focuses on the events concerning the founding of the Social Democratic Party (the SDP) and the drafting of the Limehouse Declaration that led to it. Many, many parallels with today's fractured polity.

BWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The HippodromeBWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome
March 13, 2017

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers.

BWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST TheatreBWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST Theatre
March 9, 2017

Wisdom of a Fool resurrects the much loved Norman Wisdom in Jack Lane's respectful and entertaining show that charts his rags-to-riches story.

BWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio Theatre
March 8, 2017

Handbagged imagines what was said by Mrs Thatcher and The Queen in their weekly meetings to hilarious effect in Moira Buffini's award-winning satire.

BWW Review: YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM, Finborough TheatreBWW Review: YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM, Finborough Theatre
March 7, 2017

Three short plays introduce the writing of BS Johnson, a revered man of English letters whose influence resonates through the last 50 years.

BWW Review: IONESCO - DINNER AT THE SMITHS', The Latvian HouseBWW Review: IONESCO - DINNER AT THE SMITHS', The Latvian House
March 5, 2017

Ionesco's absurd theatre brought to life in a handsome production that is full of wit and humour, but never loses its avant garde character.

BWW Review: SWIFTIES, Theatre N16BWW Review: SWIFTIES, Theatre N16
March 2, 2017

Swifties examines the obsessive nature of fandom, as dress-up and role play turns into something much more sinister in this reinvention of Jean Genet's The Maids.

BWW Interview: TOM BARNES 2 Magpies TheatreBWW Interview: TOM BARNES 2 Magpies Theatre
March 13, 2017

Ventoux tells the story of the battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani on the slopes of the famous mountain. 2 Magpies Theatre's Tom Barnes tells BWW more about the project.

BWW Review: HAMLET, Almeida TheatreBWW Review: HAMLET, Almeida Theatre
March 1, 2017

Hamlet anew in this technology infused but oh so human production of Shakespeare's great tragedy in which Andrew Scott gives us a warm, flawed, and eventually mad Prince.

BWW Review: FLEW THE COOP, New Diorama Tristan Bates TheatreBWW Review: FLEW THE COOP, New Diorama Tristan Bates Theatre
February 23, 2017

Gary Naylor sees an energetic, loud and often charming tale of love in a wartime POW Camp.

BWW Review: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Arcola Theatre
February 23, 2017

The Cherry Orchard retains its power to reach across decades and tell us harsh truths about a changing world.

BWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates TheatreBWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates Theatre
February 22, 2017

The Sorrows of Satan delights from beginning to end, packing in witty songs, wonderful performances and a laughs per minute ratio as high as any in the West End.

BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY, The Other PalaceBWW Review: THE WILD PARTY, The Other Palace
February 21, 2017

The Wild Party is plenty wild enough, but its overly ambitious book and parade of cookie-cutter characters means that it never lands a knockout punch - or song.

Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre?Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre?
February 20, 2017

Has theatre come to terms with 21st century women? Or are female characters too frequently there to help the men drive the plot from curtain to curtain?



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