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: LA BOHEME, Arcola Theatre, August 7 2015BWW Reviews: LA BOHEME, Arcola Theatre, August 7 2015
Posted: Aug. 9, 2015


BWW Reviews: CARMEN, Soho Theatre, August 13 2015BWW Reviews: CARMEN, Soho Theatre, August 13 2015
Posted: Aug. 15, 2015


BWW Reviews: OUR HOUSE, Union Theatre, August 21 2015BWW Reviews: OUR HOUSE, Union Theatre, August 21 2015
Posted: Aug. 22, 2015


BWW Reviews: GRAND HOTEL, Southwark Playhouse, August 5 2015BWW Reviews: GRAND HOTEL, Southwark Playhouse, August 5 2015
Posted: Aug. 7, 2015


BWW Reviews: HENRY V, Temple Church, August 24 2015BWW Reviews: HENRY V, Temple Church, August 24 2015
Posted: Aug. 26, 2015


BWW Reviews: LADY ANNA: ALL AT SEA, Park Theatre, August 20 2015BWW Reviews: LADY ANNA: ALL AT SEA, Park Theatre, August 20 2015
Posted: Aug. 22, 2015


BWW Reviews: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Arcola Theatre, August 26 2015BWW Reviews: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Arcola Theatre, August 26 2015
Posted: Aug. 27, 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: 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: 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: 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: HATCHED 'N' DISPATCHED, Park Theatre, September 2 2015BWW Reviews: HATCHED 'N' DISPATCHED, Park Theatre, September 2 2015
September 3, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a unapologetically entertaining comedy set in a Derby household as the 1950s were turning into the 1960s starring the family from hell!
BWW Reviews: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Arcola Theatre, August 26 2015BWW Reviews: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Arcola Theatre, August 26 2015
August 27, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a strange, eerie interpretation of Madama Butterfly sung with tremendous passion and skill in a thrillingly intimate setting.
BWW Reviews: HENRY V, Temple Church, August 24 2015BWW Reviews: HENRY V, Temple Church, August 24 2015
August 26, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an imaginative and spectacular staging of Henry V which makes good use of its location but needs to get the acoustics exactly right.
BWW Reviews: OUR HOUSE, Union Theatre, August 21 2015BWW Reviews: OUR HOUSE, Union Theatre, August 21 2015
August 22, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a jukebox musical that's short on plot but long on nostalgia and the catchy tunes of the Madness songbook, as popular today as ever they were 35 years ago.
BWW Reviews: LADY ANNA: ALL AT SEA, Park Theatre, August 20 2015BWW Reviews: LADY ANNA: ALL AT SEA, Park Theatre, August 20 2015
August 22, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a tricksy, but ultimately very satisfying, adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel, Lady Anna at the beautifully appointed Park Theatre.
BWW Reviews: CARMEN, Soho Theatre, August 13 2015BWW Reviews: CARMEN, Soho Theatre, August 13 2015
August 15, 2015

Gary Naylor enjoys a wonderful evening's entertainment lit up by Bizet's music and a central performance that is as hot as its tropical setting.
BWW Reviews: LA BOHEME, Arcola Theatre, August 7 2015BWW Reviews: LA BOHEME, Arcola Theatre, August 7 2015
August 9, 2015

Gary Naylor sees another splendid scaled-down opera that hits the heights while keeping its feet firmly on the ground.
BWW Reviews: GRAND HOTEL, Southwark Playhouse, August 5 2015BWW Reviews: GRAND HOTEL, Southwark Playhouse, August 5 2015
August 7, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an ambitious, timely revival of a musical that crackles with life, full of great singing and splendid dancing, if a touch demanding at 100 minutes all-through!
BWW Reviews: LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS, Southwark Playhouse, July 10 2015BWW Reviews: LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS, Southwark Playhouse, July 10 2015
July 13, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a supercharged political black comedy, 50 years old, but as fresh as if it were written on 6 May 2015 delivered by a cast well up to its considerable demands.
BWW Reviews: ORSON'S SHADOW, Southwark Playhouse, July 6 2015BWW Reviews: ORSON'S SHADOW, Southwark Playhouse, July 6 2015
July 7, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play that explores the impact of early success and the clash of egos as Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier joust for influence.
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.


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