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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: RUDDIGORE OR THE WITCH'S CURSE, King's Head Theatre, February 19 2015BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE OR THE WITCH'S CURSE, King's Head Theatre, February 19 2015
Posted: Feb. 21, 2015


BWW Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS, Southwark Playhouse, February 10 2015BWW Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS, Southwark Playhouse, February 10 2015
Posted: Feb. 11, 2015


BWW Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre, February 5 2015BWW Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre, February 5 2015
Posted: Feb. 6, 2015


BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015
Posted: Mar. 4, 2015


BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, Landor Theatre, February 9 2015BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, Landor Theatre, February 9 2015
Posted: Feb. 10, 2015


BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Aldwych Theatre, February 25 2015BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Aldwych Theatre, February 25 2015
Posted: Feb. 26, 2015


BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015
Posted: Mar. 5, 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: 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: WOLF HALL, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014BWW Reviews: WOLF HALL, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014
Posted: May. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015
March 5, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a Romeo and Juliet that boldly goes into territory often left dormant by more orthodox directorial decisions.
BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015
March 4, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show that will appeal to teens, show that takes plenty of liberties with computing history, but that fails to deliver its potential due to sound problems.
BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Aldwych Theatre, February 25 2015BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Aldwych Theatre, February 25 2015
February 26, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a deluxe jukebox musical that delivers fantastic entertainment through great songs and a magnificent central performance.
BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE OR THE WITCH'S CURSE, King's Head Theatre, February 19 2015BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE OR THE WITCH'S CURSE, King's Head Theatre, February 19 2015
February 21, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an entertaining revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's tale of reviving ancestors delivered with the Charles Court Opera Company's undying joie de vivre.
BWW Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS, Southwark Playhouse, February 10 2015BWW Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS, Southwark Playhouse, February 10 2015
February 11, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a fascinating, powerful play that examines the life of cult Hollywood director James Whale, a man wrestling with a past and present that grants him no comfort at the end of a long and fulfilling life.
BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, Landor Theatre, February 9 2015BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, Landor Theatre, February 9 2015
February 10, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a revival of a 1963 musical that looks gorgeous and is filled with lovely melodies, but doesn't reach its potential due to its leads not quite sparking as lovers.
BWW Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre, February 5 2015BWW Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre, February 5 2015
February 6, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a magnificently staged adaptation of a film that charmed cinema audiences and critics in 1998 and is now repeating the trick for theatregoers in 2015.
BWW Reviews: HAPPY ENDING, Arcola Theatre, February 2 2015BWW Reviews: HAPPY ENDING, Arcola Theatre, February 2 2015
February 3, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play about cancer - or rather, about how cancer is faced by patients and medics. He is entertained by music and comedy, and is given much on which to ponder.
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.


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