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.



MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent GardenBWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union TheatreBWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union Theatre
Posted: Jun. 28, 2017


BWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The VaultsBWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The Vaults
Posted: Jul. 4, 2017


BWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's PlaceBWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's Place
Posted: Jul. 11, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


Sweeney Todd in New York: How Rachel Edwards Brought Her Show To TownSweeney Todd in New York: How Rachel Edwards Brought Her Show To Town
Posted: Feb. 6, 2017


BWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Union TheatreBWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Union Theatre
Posted: Jan. 7, 2017


BWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates TheatreBWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates Theatre
Posted: Feb. 22, 2017


BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Fortune Theatre, 1 December 2016BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Fortune Theatre, 1 December 2016
Posted: Dec. 2, 2016


BWW Review: BIRTHDAY SUIT, Old Red Lion TheatreBWW Review: BIRTHDAY SUIT, Old Red Lion Theatre
Posted: Jan. 14, 2017


BWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's PlaceBWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's Place
July 11, 2017

La Voix Humaine, Poulenc's one act, one soprano opera based on a play by Jean Cocteau, is a visceral, demanding, rewarding evening, ferociously up to date in every sense.

BWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The VaultsBWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The Vaults
July 4, 2017

King Kong (A Comedy) tries a little too hard for laughs, but captures some of the pathos of its 1933 movie inspiration in a breathless 80 minutes show..

BWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent GardenBWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
June 30, 2017

A Macbeth that stays true to the 17th century origin of the play, yet feels bang up to date with plenty for teenage fans of Game of Thrones and Shakespeare veterans to enjoy.

BWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union TheatreBWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union Theatre
June 28, 2017

Blondel The Musical has elements of pantomime and elements of the real punch of musical theatre in a show that works well only intermittently.

BWW Review: THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, Arcola Theatre
June 17, 2017

These Tress Are Made Of Blood tells the story of Argentina's Dirty War using cabaret as a vehicle to describe the horrors and the politics that drove it.

BWW Review: LA STRADA, The Other PalaceBWW Review: LA STRADA, The Other Palace
June 1, 2017

La Strada, adapted from the Fellini movie is a play with music that captures the style and ethics of a classic movie, indeed the Neo-Realism style.

BWW Review: VIXEN, The VaultsBWW Review: VIXEN, The Vaults
June 1, 2017

Vixen updates Leos Janacek's opera for the victims of Generation Rent moving the action into the big city of 2017 with hi tech and great singing.

BWW Review: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Union TheatreBWW Review: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Union Theatre
May 29, 2017

Annie Get Your Gun delivers wonderful, uncynical entertainment, the romance studded with some of the finest songs ever written for the theatre.

BWW Review: JAM, Finborough TheatreBWW Review: JAM, Finborough Theatre
May 27, 2017

Jam, Matt Parvin's first play, shows promise but cannot overcome its structural and narrative problems to deliver its full potential.

BWW Review: THE MIKADO, Richmond TheatreBWW Review: THE MIKADO, Richmond Theatre
May 25, 2017

The Mikado is as much as ever in this all male version that showcases the great songs with some fine voices.

BWW Review: OTHELLO, Wilton's Music HallBWW Review: OTHELLO, Wilton's Music Hall
May 20, 2017

Othello's extraordinary tapestry of human vulnerabilities, brilliantly woven in Richard Twyman's brutal production, remains as relevant today as ever.

BWW Review: TEETH 'N' SMILES, Stockwell PlayhouseBWW Review: TEETH 'N' SMILES, Stockwell Playhouse
May 18, 2017

Teeth 'n' Smiles is an early work by Sir David Hare, tracking a punk band's disastrous night playing Jesus College Cambridge's 1978 May Ball.

BWW Review: RICHARD III, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: RICHARD III, Arcola Theatre
May 16, 2017

Greg Hicks' Richard III twists and turns his evil until he's left with nobody to hate, screaming for a horse and escape.

BWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown TheatreBWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
May 13, 2017

110 In The Shade is both old-fashioned and bang up to date, full of pleasing songs, fine performances and a heartwarming message of love and hope.

BWW Review: OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS, Hampstead Theatre
May 10, 2017

Occupational Hazards portrays the chaos of post-Saddam Iraq through the eyes of Rory Stewart, who was there and who tried.

FAVOURITE SONGS: 'Hello, Dolly!', HELLO, DOLLY!FAVOURITE SONGS: 'Hello, Dolly!', HELLO, DOLLY!
May 22, 2017

Continuing our series of favourite musical theatre songs is Carol Channing's version of 'Hello, Dolly!'

BWW Review: COSMIC TRIGGER THE PLAY, Cockpit TheatreBWW Review: COSMIC TRIGGER THE PLAY, Cockpit Theatre
May 6, 2017

Cosmic Trigger The Play is an exhilarating event that entertains and educates, full of fun but never losing the serious dimension of Robert Anton Wilson's work.

BWW Review: VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL, Jack Studio Theatre
May 4, 2017

Voices From Chernobyl reminds us of a largely forgotten disaster and the terrible human cost, a price still being paid today.

BWW Review: HOME TRUTHS, The Bunker TheatreBWW Review: HOME TRUTHS, The Bunker Theatre
April 30, 2017

Home Truths nine plays paint a picture of chaotic and cruel housing policies that have shafted the poor for decades with little sign of any change coming - and it's also funny, warm and clever!

BWW Review: DIVINE CHAOS OF STARRY THINGS, White Bear TheatreBWW Review: DIVINE CHAOS OF STARRY THINGS, White Bear Theatre
April 29, 2017

Divine Chaos Of Starry Things is so concerned about the politics of revolution, colonialism and feminism that the stuff of drama is lost.



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