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: KING LEAR, Richmond Theatre, May 9 2016BWW Review: KING LEAR, Richmond Theatre, May 9 2016
Posted: May. 10, 2016


BWW Review: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LIEVEN SCHEIRE, Soho Theatre, May 12 2016BWW Review: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LIEVEN SCHEIRE, Soho Theatre, May 12 2016
Posted: May. 13, 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


BWW Review: LAST OF THE BOYS, Southwark Playhouse, May 13 2016BWW Review: LAST OF THE BOYS, Southwark Playhouse, May 13 2016
Posted: May. 14, 2016


BWW Review: BLUE/ORANGE, Young Vic, May 19 2016BWW Review: BLUE/ORANGE, Young Vic, May 19 2016
Posted: May. 20, 2016


BWW Review: DEVILISH, Landor Theatre, May 10 2016BWW Review: DEVILISH, Landor Theatre, May 10 2016
Posted: May. 11, 2016


BWW Review: SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS, King's Head Theatre, May 5 2016BWW Review: SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS, King's Head Theatre, May 5 2016
Posted: May. 6, 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: BLUE/ORANGE, Young Vic, May 19 2016BWW Review: BLUE/ORANGE, Young Vic, May 19 2016
May 20, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that promised much and delivered for 90 minutes before falling away in a poorly constructed last half-hour.
BWW Review: LAST OF THE BOYS, Southwark Playhouse, May 13 2016BWW Review: LAST OF THE BOYS, Southwark Playhouse, May 13 2016
May 14, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that covers some old ground in old and insensitive ways and concludes that it wasn't the best choice of what was available.
BWW Review: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LIEVEN SCHEIRE, Soho Theatre, May 12 2016BWW Review: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LIEVEN SCHEIRE, Soho Theatre, May 12 2016
May 13, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a show that mixes warm and witty comedy with hard edged physics to create something both mentally stimulating and terribly entertaining.
BWW Review: THE LOVERS OF VIORNE, The Theatre Room, May 11 2016BWW Review: THE LOVERS OF VIORNE, The Theatre Room, May 11 2016
May 12, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a strange, unsettling but fascinating play set in 1960s France, but it could be anywhere any time.
BWW Review: DEVILISH, Landor Theatre, May 10 2016BWW Review: DEVILISH, Landor Theatre, May 10 2016
May 11, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a new musical which gets plenty right - and one or two things wrong!
BWW Review: KING LEAR, Richmond Theatre, May 9 2016BWW Review: KING LEAR, Richmond Theatre, May 9 2016
May 10, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a Lear that resonates more through its political themes than its psychological or sexual elements - and sends a message to us all before the upcoming Referendum.
BWW Review: SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS, King's Head Theatre, May 5 2016BWW Review: SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS, King's Head Theatre, May 5 2016
May 6, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a much performed cult musical that does its best work in the songs and the memories it brings forward.
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.


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