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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: YARICO, London Theatre Workshop, March 6 2015BWW Reviews: YARICO, London Theatre Workshop, March 6 2015
Posted: Mar. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Cineworld Wandsworth, March 14 2015BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Cineworld Wandsworth, March 14 2015
Posted: Mar. 16, 2015


BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015
Posted: Mar. 24, 2015


BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015
Posted: Mar. 4, 2015


BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - LA BOHEME, Hackney Empire, March 13 2015BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - LA BOHEME, Hackney Empire, March 13 2015
Posted: Mar. 14, 2015


BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015
Posted: Mar. 5, 2015


BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Peacock Theatre, March 10 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Peacock Theatre, March 10 2015
Posted: Mar. 12, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: BRING UP THE BODIES, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014BWW Reviews: BRING UP THE BODIES, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014
Posted: May. 18, 2014


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: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014
Posted: Apr. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: ABOUT MISS JULIE, King's Head Theatre, July 3 2014BWW Reviews: ABOUT MISS JULIE, King's Head Theatre, July 3 2014
Posted: Jul. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews: KING CHARLES III, Almeida Theatre, April 10 2014BWW Reviews: KING CHARLES III, Almeida Theatre, April 10 2014
Posted: Apr. 11, 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: WOLF HALL, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014BWW Reviews: WOLF HALL, Aldwych Theatre, May 17 2014
Posted: May. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015BWW Reviews: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 23 2015
March 24, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a 25th Anniversary Show of a classic musical that, even after all those performances, still has the feel of a first draft in need of a tidying-up.
BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, March 20 2015BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, March 20 2015
March 23, 2015

The Demon Barber is back! With the seal approval of the highest authority in musical theatre, Tooting Arts Club have transported their pie shop from SW17 to W1 to recreate one of 2014's smash hits.
BWW Reviews: SHRAPNEL: 34 FRAGMENTS OF A MASSACRE, Arcola Theatre, March 16 2015BWW Reviews: SHRAPNEL: 34 FRAGMENTS OF A MASSACRE, Arcola Theatre, March 16 2015
March 17, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a fierce condemnation of the multi-faceted situation that led to 34 men, many of them teenagers, losing their lives on a mountain pass between Turkey and Iraq.
BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Cineworld Wandsworth, March 14 2015BWW Reviews: MET OPERA - LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Cineworld Wandsworth, March 14 2015
March 16, 2015

Gary Naylor is left awed by the performances, the spectacle and the sensory overload of the penultimate show in the New York Met's season of operas broadcast to cinemas around the world.
BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - LA BOHEME, Hackney Empire, March 13 2015BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - LA BOHEME, Hackney Empire, March 13 2015
March 14, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a tremendously impassioned production of Puccini's masterpiece, its power given full rein by musicians and singers who can fill a large theatre with this magical opera.
BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - THE WILD MAN OF THE WEST INDIES, Hackney Empire, March 12 2015BWW Reviews: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA - THE WILD MAN OF THE WEST INDIES, Hackney Empire, March 12 2015
March 13, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a rare revival of one of Gaetano Donizetti's many works and finds it lovely to listen to and as packed with emotion as one has come to expect from Italian opera.
BWW Reviews: LET IT BE, Garrick Theatre, March 11 2015BWW Reviews: LET IT BE, Garrick Theatre, March 11 2015
March 12, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show that goes straight to the crowdpleasing mega-hits dispensing with any plot and lets the songs stand, magnificently, on their own two feet.
BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Peacock Theatre, March 10 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET, Peacock Theatre, March 10 2015
March 12, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a ballet version of Romeo and Juliet that builds the story through scenes drawing on a wide range of music and dance.
BWW Reviews: THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET ICONS GALA, London Coliseum, March 8 2015BWW Reviews: THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET ICONS GALA, London Coliseum, March 8 2015
March 10, 2015

Gary Naylor enjoys an extraordinary evening of vignettes by ultra-talented dancers that underlines, again, that balance, grace and technique lie at the heart of what pleases the eye in any physical endeavour.
BWW Reviews: THE SIEGE OF CALAIS, Hackney Empire, March 7 2015BWW Reviews: THE SIEGE OF CALAIS, Hackney Empire, March 7 2015
March 8, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a reminder of the persistence of the brutality of war sung wonderfully well with the power of an orchestra in the pit and a libretto that does not flinch in the face of horror.
BWW Reviews: YARICO, London Theatre Workshop, March 6 2015BWW Reviews: YARICO, London Theatre Workshop, March 6 2015
March 8, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show full of great songs and strong performances and the professional debut of Liberty Buckland - a name to remember.
BWW Reviews: MARK LITTLE'S #SECRETMEETINGS, Museum of Comedy, March 5 2015BWW Reviews: MARK LITTLE'S #SECRETMEETINGS, Museum of Comedy, March 5 2015
March 6, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show that isn't quite stand-up, but isn't quite experimental theatre either, delivered by an 80s and 90s icon who is channeling his energies into a call to action.
BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015BWW Reviews: ROMEO + JULIET, Rose Theatre Kingston, March 4 2015
March 5, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a Romeo and Juliet that boldly goes into territory often left dormant by more orthodox directorial decisions.
BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015BWW Reviews: LOSERVILLE, Union Theatre, March 3 2015
March 4, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a show that will appeal to teens, show that takes plenty of liberties with computing history, but that fails to deliver its potential due to sound problems.
BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Aldwych Theatre, February 25 2015BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Aldwych Theatre, February 25 2015
February 26, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a deluxe jukebox musical that delivers fantastic entertainment through great songs and a magnificent central performance.
BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE OR THE WITCH'S CURSE, King's Head Theatre, February 19 2015BWW Reviews: RUDDIGORE OR THE WITCH'S CURSE, King's Head Theatre, February 19 2015
February 21, 2015

Gary Naylor sees an entertaining revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's tale of reviving ancestors delivered with the Charles Court Opera Company's undying joie de vivre.
BWW Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS, Southwark Playhouse, February 10 2015BWW Reviews: GODS AND MONSTERS, Southwark Playhouse, February 10 2015
February 11, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a fascinating, powerful play that examines the life of cult Hollywood director James Whale, a man wrestling with a past and present that grants him no comfort at the end of a long and fulfilling life.
BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, Landor Theatre, February 9 2015BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, Landor Theatre, February 9 2015
February 10, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a revival of a 1963 musical that looks gorgeous and is filled with lovely melodies, but doesn't reach its potential due to its leads not quite sparking as lovers.
BWW Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre, February 5 2015BWW Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre, February 5 2015
February 6, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a magnificently staged adaptation of a film that charmed cinema audiences and critics in 1998 and is now repeating the trick for theatregoers in 2015.
BWW Reviews: HAPPY ENDING, Arcola Theatre, February 2 2015BWW Reviews: HAPPY ENDING, Arcola Theatre, February 2 2015
February 3, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a play about cancer - or rather, about how cancer is faced by patients and medics. He is entertained by music and comedy, and is given much on which to ponder.


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