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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: 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


BWW Reviews: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, King's Cross Theatre, January 14 2015BWW Reviews: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, King's Cross Theatre, January 14 2015
Posted: Jan. 15, 2015


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: THE GRAND TOUR, Finborough Theatre, January 7 2015BWW Reviews: THE GRAND TOUR, Finborough Theatre, January 7 2015
Posted: Jan. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: MISS DIETRICH REGRETS, St James Theatre Studio, January 21 2015BWW Reviews: MISS DIETRICH REGRETS, St James Theatre Studio, January 21 2015
Posted: Jan. 23, 2015


BWW Reviews: BORIS GODUNOV, Brockley Jack Theatre, January 15 2015BWW Reviews: BORIS GODUNOV, Brockley Jack Theatre, January 15 2015
Posted: Jan. 16, 2015


BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT, Richmond Theatre, January 26 2015BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT, Richmond Theatre, January 26 2015
Posted: Jan. 27, 2015


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: 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: FINIAN'S RAINBOW, Union Theatre, February 14 2014BWW Reviews: FINIAN'S RAINBOW, Union Theatre, February 14 2014
Posted: Feb. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, Union Theatre, January 30 2015BWW Reviews: WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, Union Theatre, January 30 2015
January 31, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a fine, serious, thought-provoking production of the classic late 50s story anchored by splendid music and a marvellous central performance.
BWW Reviews: MOLLY WOBBLY, Leicester Square Theatre, January 29 2015BWW Reviews: MOLLY WOBBLY, Leicester Square Theatre, January 29 2015
January 31, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show that tltillates, tickles and ultimately triumphs with a potent mix of superb songs and dubious jokes, as Rocky Horror meets the Carry-Ons.
BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT, Richmond Theatre, January 26 2015BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT, Richmond Theatre, January 26 2015
January 27, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a now legendary show based on a legendary film and a legendary King. So, does it live up to its status?
BWW Reviews: MISS DIETRICH REGRETS, St James Theatre Studio, January 21 2015BWW Reviews: MISS DIETRICH REGRETS, St James Theatre Studio, January 21 2015
January 23, 2015

Gary Naylor is invited into the presence of Marlene Dietrich and finds much that is unique, and much that is universal, in this towering figure of 20th century culture.
BWW Reviews: OTHELLO, The Lyric Hammersmith, January 19 2015BWW Reviews: OTHELLO, The Lyric Hammersmith, January 19 2015
January 20, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a brilliantly staged update of Shakespeare's tale of jealousy, love and misunderstandings that reaches out to a young audience and may hook them forever.
BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - THE MERRY WIDOW, Cineworld Wandsworth, January 17 2015BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - THE MERRY WIDOW, Cineworld Wandsworth, January 17 2015
January 18, 2015

Gary Naylor takes his seat to watch a live transmission of a classic operetta beamed from The Big Apple to The Big Smoke and losing little en route.
BWW Reviews: TITLE AND DEED, The Print Room, January 16 2015BWW Reviews: TITLE AND DEED, The Print Room, January 16 2015
January 17, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a poignant, funny, disorienting monologue about a man who is not from here, but appears to be inside all of us, somewhere.
BWW Reviews: BORIS GODUNOV, Brockley Jack Theatre, January 15 2015BWW Reviews: BORIS GODUNOV, Brockley Jack Theatre, January 15 2015
January 16, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a production that squeezes an epic play into a tiny space, capturing its essence, if not quite its clarity.
BWW Reviews: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, King's Cross Theatre, January 14 2015BWW Reviews: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, King's Cross Theatre, January 14 2015
January 15, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an adaptation of a children's classic that has depth and nuance to match the spectacle on stage - or is that on rail?
BWW Reviews: DONKEY HEART, Trafalgar Studios, January 8 2015BWW Reviews: DONKEY HEART, Trafalgar Studios, January 8 2015
January 9, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a new play that examines life in present day Moscow through the eyes of three generations of a family as dysfunctional as the Russian state.
BWW Reviews: THE GRAND TOUR, Finborough Theatre, January 7 2015BWW Reviews: THE GRAND TOUR, Finborough Theatre, January 7 2015
January 8, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a bold, and ultimately fulfilling, revival of Jerry Herman's 1979 musical, one that makes up in drama and pathos what it lacks in characterisation.
2015 Theatre Preview: Gary Naylor's Picks2015 Theatre Preview: Gary Naylor's Picks
December 29, 2014

Gary Naylor looks ahead to another year of theatre in London ranging from the big West End spectaculars through to venues scarcely bigger than a large room.
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.


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