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: HONK!, Union TheatreBWW Review: HONK!, Union Theatre
Posted: Apr. 2, 2017


BWW Review: ADAM & EVE... AND STEVE, King's Head TheatreBWW Review: ADAM & EVE... AND STEVE, King's Head Theatre
Posted: Mar. 29, 2017


BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other PalaceBWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other Palace
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017


BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts TheatreBWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts Theatre
Posted: Mar. 28, 2017


BWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark PlayouseBWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark Playouse
Posted: Mar. 30, 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


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


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: CARGO, Arcola Theatre, 8 July 2016BWW Review: CARGO, Arcola Theatre, 8 July 2016
Posted: Jul. 9, 2016


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


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.

BWW Review: THE BRAILLE LEGACY, Charing Cross TheatreBWW Review: THE BRAILLE LEGACY, Charing Cross Theatre
April 25, 2017

The Braille Legacy tells the story of Louis Braille's fight for his system that allowed blind people to read by touch - music good, but book and lyrics lack excitement.

BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Royal CourtBWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Royal Court
April 24, 2017

Nuclear War comprises elements of drama, dance, mime and song to create a dystopian vision of an alienating present that seemed both overly familiar and hazily unfocused.

BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other PalaceBWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other Palace
April 19, 2017

Whisper House comprises some lovely songs beautifully sung, but lacks the narrative drive one expects in musical theatre.

BWW Review: 2 BECOME 1, King's Head TheatreBWW Review: 2 BECOME 1, King's Head Theatre
April 13, 2017

It's back to the 90s at the King's Head for a show brimming with that decade's biggest hits sung wonderfully well.

BWW Review: MACBETH, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: MACBETH, Jack Studio Theatre
April 9, 2017

Macbeth's grim pursuit of power, with his Lady prompting and then agonising in the background, is brought to life in this low budget, committed production.

BWW Review: HONK!, Union TheatreBWW Review: HONK!, Union Theatre
April 2, 2017

Honk! is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with an important message about bullying gently sugar-coated with musical numbers and light comedy.

BWW Review: THE MUTANT MAN, The Space Arts CentreBWW Review: THE MUTANT MAN, The Space Arts Centre
April 1, 2017

The Mutant Man is a fractured, multi-layered telling of a true story of a man who was born as a woman and how his treatment at the hands of an exploitative, unenlightened society led to tragedy.

BWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark PlayouseBWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark Playouse
March 30, 2017

The Life is the story of two women living in New York in the 70s, one keen to get out of the sex workers' life, the other keen to get on, told through wonderful songs, beautifully sung.

BWW Review: ADAM & EVE... AND STEVE, King's Head TheatreBWW Review: ADAM & EVE... AND STEVE, King's Head Theatre
March 29, 2017

Adam & Eve... and Steve has a bit of panto, a bit of the Edinburgh Fringe and a whole lot of great songs, but not quite the musical chops to reach its full potential.

BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts TheatreBWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts Theatre
March 28, 2017

The Wipers Times tells the story of an underground magazine, written on the Western Front by soldiers for soldiers, the articles packed with good humour and a touch of irreverence.



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