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

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


Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre?Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre?
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union TheatreBWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union Theatre
Posted: Feb. 12, 2017


BWW Review: LA RONDE, The BunkerBWW Review: LA RONDE, The Bunker
Posted: Feb. 18, 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


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: NUCLEAR WAR, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, The Royal CourtBWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, The Royal Court
April 23, 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.

BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16
March 23, 2017

Philip Ridley's dystopian nightmare has moments of poetry and humour but is ultimately just too relentlessly grim and must be endured rather than enjoyed.

BWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose TheatreBWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose Theatre
March 20, 2017

Naples is brought to London, as we track the extraordinary lives of Lila and Lenu in an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that overreaches itself.

BWW Review: THREESOME, Union TheatreBWW Review: THREESOME, Union Theatre
March 19, 2017

Threesome is often crude, sometimes boldly empowering and occasionally shows a glimpse of something more sophisticated emerging, but ultimately falls a little short on laughs.

BWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican TheatreBWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican Theatre
March 18, 2017

Extraordinary, astonishing, unmissable five star production that brings three of Shakespeare's plays up to date in an electrifying production that should not be missed.

BWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance TheatreBWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance Theatre
March 16, 2017

After Party sees tensions, long since buried, bubble to the surface, as one of the old gang returns from prison to settle old scores and reclaim what he believes to be his.

BWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric HammersmithBWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric Hammersmith
March 15, 2017

Seventeen captures a cathartic moment in young people's lives - the last day at school - but does not reach its potential due to a largely lacklustre script.

BWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar WarehouseBWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar Warehouse
March 14, 2017

Limehouse focuses on the events concerning the founding of the Social Democratic Party (the SDP) and the drafting of the Limehouse Declaration that led to it. Many, many parallels with today's fractured polity.

BWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The HippodromeBWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome
March 13, 2017

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers.

BWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST TheatreBWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST Theatre
March 9, 2017

Wisdom of a Fool resurrects the much loved Norman Wisdom in Jack Lane's respectful and entertaining show that charts his rags-to-riches story.

BWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio Theatre
March 8, 2017

Handbagged imagines what was said by Mrs Thatcher and The Queen in their weekly meetings to hilarious effect in Moira Buffini's award-winning satire.

BWW Review: YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM, Finborough TheatreBWW Review: YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM, Finborough Theatre
March 7, 2017

Three short plays introduce the writing of BS Johnson, a revered man of English letters whose influence resonates through the last 50 years.



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