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 Review: OUT OF THIS WORLD, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, April 15 2016BWW Review: OUT OF THIS WORLD, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, April 15 2016
Posted: Apr. 16, 2016


BWW Review: IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, Charing Cross, April 11 2016BWW Review: IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, Charing Cross, April 11 2016
Posted: Apr. 12, 2016


BWW Review: TIME OF MY LIFE, Brockley Jack Theatre, April 14 2016BWW Review: TIME OF MY LIFE, Brockley Jack Theatre, April 14 2016
Posted: Apr. 17, 2016


BWW Review: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Theatre N16, April 4 2016BWW Review: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Theatre N16, April 4 2016
Posted: Apr. 5, 2016


BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID, St James Theatre Studio, April 8 2016BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID, St James Theatre Studio, April 8 2016
Posted: Apr. 10, 2016


BWW Review: BORIS: WORLD KING, Trafalgar Studios 2, April 21 2016BWW Review: BORIS: WORLD KING, Trafalgar Studios 2, April 21 2016
Posted: Apr. 22, 2016


BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Leicester Square Theatre, April 26 2016BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Leicester Square Theatre, April 26 2016
Posted: Apr. 27, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: ORPHANS, Southwark Playhouse, February 12 2016BWW Review: ORPHANS, Southwark Playhouse, February 12 2016
Posted: Feb. 15, 2016


BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Jermyn Street Theatre, February 5 2016BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Jermyn Street Theatre, February 5 2016
Posted: Feb. 7, 2016


BWW Reviews: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, St James Theatre Studio, June 15 2015BWW Reviews: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, St James Theatre Studio, June 15 2015
Posted: Jun. 16, 2015


2015 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2015 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 21, 2015


BWW Review: THE PHANTOM RASPBERRY BLOWER OF OLD LONDON TOWN, St James Theatre Studio, October 30 2015BWW Review: THE PHANTOM RASPBERRY BLOWER OF OLD LONDON TOWN, St James Theatre Studio, October 30 2015
Posted: Oct. 31, 2015


BWW Review: HEY, OLD FRIENDS, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, October 25 2015BWW Review: HEY, OLD FRIENDS, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, October 25 2015
Posted: Oct. 26, 2015


BWW Review: THE STATIONMASTER, Tristan Bates Theatre, November 4 2015BWW Review: THE STATIONMASTER, Tristan Bates Theatre, November 4 2015
Posted: Nov. 5, 2015


BWW Review: RICHARD II, Arcola Theatre, May 3 2016BWW Review: RICHARD II, Arcola Theatre, May 3 2016
May 4, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a Richard II for today which succeeds largely, if not totally, in its contemporary staging.
BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Leicester Square Theatre, April 26 2016BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Leicester Square Theatre, April 26 2016
April 27, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a show that places an actor who is somewhat the worse for wear into Shakespeare's most loved play and then sees what comes of it - the title admirably clear!
BWW Review: BORIS: WORLD KING, Trafalgar Studios 2, April 21 2016BWW Review: BORIS: WORLD KING, Trafalgar Studios 2, April 21 2016
April 22, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a skilful skewering of politics' favourite son, the blond bombshell Boris, Mayor of London and (maybe) next World King.
BWW Review: CLOCKS 1888: THE GREENER, Hackney Empire, April 20 2016BWW Review: CLOCKS 1888: THE GREENER, Hackney Empire, April 20 2016
April 21, 2016

Gary Naylor sees an occasionally brilliant, occasionally confused new opera about life lived against the clock in the 19th century East End of London.
BWW Review: GATSBY, Union Theatre, April 19 2016BWW Review: GATSBY, Union Theatre, April 19 2016
April 20, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a production that loses its way as a result of forgetting that the most important things to get right in musical theatre are the voices.
BWW Review: DARKNET, Southwark Playhouse, April 18 2016BWW Review: DARKNET, Southwark Playhouse, April 18 2016
April 19, 2016

Gary Naylor sees an ambitious and, at times, genuinely interesting play that ultimately fails to achieve its potential.
BWW Review: OUT OF THIS WORLD, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, April 15 2016BWW Review: OUT OF THIS WORLD, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, April 15 2016
April 16, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a very strange revival of a 1950s Broadway show saved by some fine singing and sensational songs.
BWW Review: TIME OF MY LIFE, Brockley Jack Theatre, April 14 2016BWW Review: TIME OF MY LIFE, Brockley Jack Theatre, April 14 2016
April 17, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a smart revival of a Nineties Ayckbourn comedy that gets through some tricky theatrical challenges to deliver a funny and thought-provoking play.
BWW Review: TO KILL A MACHINE, King's Head Theatre, April 12 2016BWW Review: TO KILL A MACHINE, King's Head Theatre, April 12 2016
April 17, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a new take on the stroy of Alan Turing, the war hero and computer scientist whose sexuality led the state to bring him down.
BWW Review: IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, Charing Cross, April 11 2016BWW Review: IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, Charing Cross, April 11 2016
April 12, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that showcases late Tennessee Williams in an intense examination of a relationship coming towards its natural conclusion.
BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID, St James Theatre Studio, April 8 2016BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID, St James Theatre Studio, April 8 2016
April 10, 2016

Gary Naylor sees the kind of show that will never will never appear in the nominations for prestigious awards, but was an ideal way to spend a Friday night up West.
BWW Review: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Theatre N16, April 4 2016BWW Review: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Theatre N16, April 4 2016
April 5, 2016

Gary naylor sees a play that understands that people can change bu also that finding the person who catalyses that reaction is much harder than it looks.
BWW Review: A FLEA IN HER EAR, Tabard Theatre, March 31 2016BWW Review: A FLEA IN HER EAR, Tabard Theatre, March 31 2016
April 1, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a traditional farce in a new translation that succeeds, but might work better if a little shorter and a little slower.
OLIVIER AWARDS 2016: Gary Naylor's ViewsOLIVIER AWARDS 2016: Gary Naylor's Views
March 31, 2016

Gary Naylor has an issue with the Olivier Awards. See what our chief London reviewer has to say about it...
BWW Review: HENRY V, Middle Temple Hall, March 30 2016BWW Review: HENRY V, Middle Temple Hall, March 30 2016
March 31, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a wonderful production crowned by a masterful Henry in a unique and evocative venue.
BWW Review: BUG, Found111, March 29 2016BWW Review: BUG, Found111, March 29 2016
March 30, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that makes for uncomfortable viewing but raises questions about the way we lived in 1996 and the way we live now.
BWW Review: BAR MITZVAH BOY, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, March 25 2016BWW Review: BAR MITZVAH BOY, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, March 25 2016
March 26, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a show that has plenty of great songs and feelgood family fun, but topples into schmaltz showing its 40 years in Act Two.
BWW Review: GREG WOHEAD: COMEBACK SPECIAL, Shoreditch Town Hall, March 24 2016BWW Review: GREG WOHEAD: COMEBACK SPECIAL, Shoreditch Town Hall, March 24 2016
March 25, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a one-man show that is more Performance Art than theatre and finds it track to maintain concentration on lines repeated over and over and over again.
BWW Review: DON'T SLEEP THERE ARE SNAKES, Park Theatre, March 23 2016BWW Review: DON'T SLEEP THERE ARE SNAKES, Park Theatre, March 23 2016
March 24, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a strange play that never quite decides on what it wants to be and finishes just when the drama is getting started.
BWW Review: BU21, Theatre 503, March 18 2016BWW Review: BU21, Theatre 503, March 18 2016
March 19, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that shows humanity at its best and worst and plenty of points in between, driven by a brilliant script by one of Britain's best young playwrights.


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