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: 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


BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE (OR THE WITCH'S CURSE) , Bridewell Theatre, June 6 2015BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE (OR THE WITCH'S CURSE) , Bridewell Theatre, June 6 2015
Posted: Jun. 9, 2015


BWW Reviews: ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - LA BOHEME, Cineworld Wandsworth, June 11 2015BWW Reviews: ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - LA BOHEME, Cineworld Wandsworth, June 11 2015
Posted: Jun. 11, 2015


BWW Reviews: THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 8 2015BWW Reviews: THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 8 2015
Posted: Jun. 9, 2015


BWW Reviews: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 16 2015BWW Reviews: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 16 2015
Posted: Jun. 17, 2015


BWW Reviews: TWELFTH NIGHT, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 29 2015BWW Reviews: TWELFTH NIGHT, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 29 2015
Posted: Jun. 30, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

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: 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: 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: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015BWW Reviews: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015
Posted: Apr. 22, 2015


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


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


2014 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2014 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: TWELFTH NIGHT, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 29 2015BWW Reviews: TWELFTH NIGHT, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 29 2015
June 30, 2015

Gary Naylor sees another Shakespearean treat from Iris Theatre in an oasis of calm in the very heart of bustling London.
BWW Reviews: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 16 2015BWW Reviews: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 16 2015
June 17, 2015

Gary Naylor enjoys a wildly entertaining adaptation of one of Rossini's early operas, relocated to Las Vegas and coming to a venue near you.
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
June 16, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a version of a classic that shows plenty of teeth that snarl as well as smile.
BWW Reviews: ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - LA BOHEME, Cineworld Wandsworth, June 11 2015BWW Reviews: ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - LA BOHEME, Cineworld Wandsworth, June 11 2015
June 11, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a era-ending La Boheme, beamed from Covent Garden around the world - fittingly so for a worldwide cast and a global landmark in opera history.
BWW Reviews: THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 8 2015BWW Reviews: THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD, The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel, June 8 2015
June 9, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play about a father and a son, about two engineers, about the city that we live in today - staged in the most extraordinary of venues.
BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE (OR THE WITCH'S CURSE) , Bridewell Theatre, June 6 2015BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE (OR THE WITCH'S CURSE) , Bridewell Theatre, June 6 2015
June 9, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a marvellous performance of Ruddigore, fast becoming his favourite Gilbert and Sullivan, the magnificent songs given full value.
BWW Reviews: STOP - THE PLAY , Trafalgar Studios, June 4 2015BWW Reviews: STOP - THE PLAY , Trafalgar Studios, June 4 2015
June 5, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an execrable play within a very funny play with echoes of The Play That Goes Wrong and even Fawlty Towers.
BWW Reviews: DUNCTON WOOD, Union Theatre, May 29 2015BWW Reviews: DUNCTON WOOD, Union Theatre, May 29 2015
June 1, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an adaptation of a celebrated book that lacks the clarity and pace that musical theatre demands, despite plenty of endeavour.
BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, May 27 2015BWW Reviews: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, May 27 2015
May 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a gender-flipped Taming of the Shrew that would benefit from further focus on its two lead lovers (and fighters).
BWW Reviews: THE FLANNELETTES, King's Head Theatre, May 19 2015BWW Reviews: THE FLANNELETTES, King's Head Theatre, May 19 2015
May 21, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a comedy drama with an edge as hard as the coal that used to be hewn from the pits beneath the village in which it is set.
BWW Reviews: SKIN IN FLAMES, Park Theatre, May 14 2015BWW Reviews: SKIN IN FLAMES, Park Theatre, May 14 2015
May 16, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an intense drama, performed in the UK for the first time, that shows how imbalances of power can lead to abuse, but also to a kind of cynical deal that benefits those willing to settle.
BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Bridge House Theatre, May 5 2015BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Bridge House Theatre, May 5 2015
May 6, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a man he feels he knows well (through over 60 years of diaries) brought to life in a warm tribute with just enough edge to show that he mattered.
BWW Reviews: CARRIE, Southwark Playhouse, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: CARRIE, Southwark Playhouse, May 6 2015
May 7, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a musical revival that has its flaws but also has two flawless central performances, with acting and singing of the highest quality.
BWW Reviews: AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, The Print Room, April 30 2015BWW Reviews: AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, The Print Room, April 30 2015
May 2, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play that intertwines eight monologues from eight women getting by as best they can in contemporary London.
BWW Reviews: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, Union Theatre, April 28 2015BWW Reviews: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, Union Theatre, April 28 2015
April 29, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a musical that has much going for it, but is let down by a predictable script and some uneven singing and acting,
BWW Reviews: AMERICAN BUFFALO, Wyndham's Theatre, April 27 2015BWW Reviews: AMERICAN BUFFALO, Wyndham's Theatre, April 27 2015
April 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an important work of 20th century drama delivered with great confidence by superstar actors but, ultimately, finds it just a little too bloodless for his tastes.
BWW Reviews: RESULT, Pleasance Theatre, April 23 2015BWW Reviews: RESULT, Pleasance Theatre, April 23 2015
April 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees football brilliantly brought to life on stage in a cautionary tale about what happens when 18-year-old players are handed a professional contract and what happens when they are not.
BWW Reviews: CLARION, Arcola Theatre, April 22 2015BWW Reviews: CLARION, Arcola Theatre, April 22 2015
April 23, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a wonderfully funny swearfest of a comedy set in the moral cesspit of a newspaper not too dissimilar to one or two in a newsagent near you.
BWW Reviews: EVE FERRET - MADAME BOUFFANT, Cafe Koha, April 24 2015BWW Reviews: EVE FERRET - MADAME BOUFFANT, Cafe Koha, April 24 2015
April 28, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a classy cabaret perfectly staged downstairs in a cafe located in the very heart of London's throbbing West End.
BWW Reviews: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015BWW Reviews: A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, Jermyn Street Theatre, April 20 2015
April 22, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play set in a private school, packed with drama and distinguished by a tremendous set of performances by young non-professional actors.


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