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: 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: THE GREAT BRITISH MUSICALS - IN CONCERT, St James Theatre, July 5 2014BWW Reviews: THE GREAT BRITISH MUSICALS - IN CONCERT, St James Theatre, July 5 2014
Posted: Jul. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews: DANIEL KOEK ALBUM SHOWCASE, Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall, July 7 2014BWW Reviews: DANIEL KOEK ALBUM SHOWCASE, Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall, July 7 2014
Posted: Jul. 8, 2014


BWW Reviews: PACIFIC OVERTURES, Union Theatre, July 4 2014BWW Reviews: PACIFIC OVERTURES, Union Theatre, July 4 2014
Posted: Jul. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: RICHARD III, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 30 2014BWW Reviews: RICHARD III, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 30 2014
Posted: Jul. 1, 2014


BWW Reviews: INVINCIBLE, St James Theatre, July 15 2014BWW Reviews: INVINCIBLE, St James Theatre, July 15 2014
Posted: Jul. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: MY GIRL 2, The Old Red Lion Theatre, June 29 2014BWW Reviews: MY GIRL 2, The Old Red Lion Theatre, June 29 2014
Posted: Jun. 30, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: EVITA, Opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, Arts Educational Schools, London, November 14 2013BWW Reviews: EVITA, Opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, Arts Educational Schools, London, November 14 2013
Posted: Nov. 15, 2013


2013 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre2013 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
Posted: Dec. 18, 2013


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: LOST BOY, Finborough Theatre, January 2 2014BWW Reviews: LOST BOY, Finborough Theatre, January 2 2014
Posted: Jan. 3, 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: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, September 5 2013BWW Reviews: THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, Queen Elizabeth Hall, September 5 2013
Posted: Sep. 5, 2013


BWW Reviews: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Pleasance Theatre, December 13 2013BWW Reviews: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Pleasance Theatre, December 13 2013
Posted: Dec. 14, 2013


BWW Reviews: INVINCIBLE, St James Theatre, July 15 2014BWW Reviews: INVINCIBLE, St James Theatre, July 15 2014
July 16, 2014

Gary Naylor sees an ambitious new play that gives plenty of laughs, and a few tears too, but never really escapes from the limitations placed on its four characters, who just aren't quite believable enough.
BWW Reviews: THE RAPE OF LUCRECE, Queen Elizabeth Hall, July 9 2014BWW Reviews: THE RAPE OF LUCRECE, Queen Elizabeth Hall, July 9 2014
July 10, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a beautiful, horrible, fascinating adaptation of Shakespeare's epic poem, a story of chastity and its destruction and of its consequences in shame and revenge.
BWW Reviews: DANIEL KOEK ALBUM SHOWCASE, Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall, July 7 2014BWW Reviews: DANIEL KOEK ALBUM SHOWCASE, Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall, July 7 2014
July 8, 2014

Gary Naylor sees the West End's Jean Valjean deliver an exhilarating preview of his forthcoming album, High, with plenty of top notch guests to lend more big voices to an already very big voice indeed.
BWW Reviews: THE GREAT BRITISH MUSICALS - IN CONCERT, St James Theatre, July 5 2014BWW Reviews: THE GREAT BRITISH MUSICALS - IN CONCERT, St James Theatre, July 5 2014
July 6, 2014

Gary Naylor takes a magnificently entertaining trip through the history of the British Musical, a show brimming with intelligence, wit and great tunes delivered with great skill and warmth.
BWW Reviews: PACIFIC OVERTURES, Union Theatre, July 4 2014BWW Reviews: PACIFIC OVERTURES, Union Theatre, July 4 2014
July 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a revival of Stephen Sondheim's strange 1970s musical about 1850s Japan, production that borrows from a variety of theatrical styles without ever fully establishing its own.
BWW Reviews: ABOUT MISS JULIE, King's Head Theatre, July 3 2014BWW Reviews: ABOUT MISS JULIE, King's Head Theatre, July 3 2014
July 4, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a perfectly realised adaptation of August Strindbeg's Miss Julie, packed with dramatic tension, big ideas and superb acting. If there's a more satisfying 80 minutes anywhere on the London stage today, I'd be surprised.
BWW Reviews: RICHARD III, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 30 2014BWW Reviews: RICHARD III, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, June 30 2014
July 1, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a open air promenade production that exhausts cast and audience with its relentless spectacle and cruelty - but believes it was all worth it for such a splendid production.
BWW Reviews: MY GIRL 2, The Old Red Lion Theatre, June 29 2014BWW Reviews: MY GIRL 2, The Old Red Lion Theatre, June 29 2014
June 30, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a kitchen sink drama for our times that captures the sense of claustrophobia of Britain's (especially London's) debt culture and the swirling social ills that flow in and around inner city's sink estates.
BWW Reviews: ARTHUR PITA: THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW, Greenwich Dance Academy, June 28 2014BWW Reviews: ARTHUR PITA: THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW, Greenwich Dance Academy, June 28 2014
June 28, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a piece of dance-theatre that covers the familiar ground of the Depression-era US dancing marathons that cruelly manipulated both competitors and audiences with ruthless cruelty.
BWW Reviews: TWELFTH NIGHT RE-IMAGINED FOR EVERYONE AGED SIX AND OVER, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, June 28 2014BWW Reviews: TWELFTH NIGHT RE-IMAGINED FOR EVERYONE AGED SIX AND OVER, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, June 28 2014
June 28, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a magnificently accessible production of Twelfth Night, brimming with charm, music and laughter, aimed at kids, but suitable - recommended - for everyone!
BWW Reviews: FASHION VICTIM - THE MUSICAL, The Cinema Museum, June 26 2014BWW Reviews: FASHION VICTIM - THE MUSICAL, The Cinema Museum, June 26 2014
June 27, 2014

Gary Naylor has a lot of fun with Fashion Victim, a satire on popular culture with songs, dance, some terrible plotting and some good jokes, but is left wondering if it shouldn't be a lot more.
BWW Reviews: CATCH 22, Richmond Theatre, June 24 2014BWW Reviews: CATCH 22, Richmond Theatre, June 24 2014
June 25, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a long, but rewarding adaptation of Joseph Heller's notoriously unadaptable anti-war novel, Catch 22. Fifty-three years on, its message is still as relevant today as ever.
BWW Reviews: 20TH CENTURY BOY, New Wimbledon Theatre, June 23 2014BWW Reviews: 20TH CENTURY BOY, New Wimbledon Theatre, June 23 2014
June 24, 2014

Gary Naylor sees an evocation of a Seventies superstar in a jukebox musical that delivers all the crowdpleasing moments one could hope for, if ultimately feeling a little light on dramatic tension.
BWW Reviews: MATA HARI, St James Theatre Studio, June 17 2014BWW Reviews: MATA HARI, St James Theatre Studio, June 17 2014
June 18, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a beautiful but sad cabaret based on the life of Mata Hari the woman shot by the French Army for spying whose short life contained more dramas than a hundred others.
BWW Reviews: ENDURING SONG, Southwark Playhouse, June 13 2014BWW Reviews: ENDURING SONG, Southwark Playhouse, June 13 2014
June 14, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a play overly determined by its length and its extreme loudness, a victim of the ambition of a young company that will come back stronger and wiser for the experience.
BWW Reviews: PUNCHING JANE, The Courtyard, June 11 2014BWW Reviews: PUNCHING JANE, The Courtyard, June 11 2014
June 12, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a slice of London's Victorian underbelly brought back to life in a play that packs less punch than it might do despite some committed performances and a fascinating set-up.
BWW Reviews: TRISTRAM SHANDY: CONCEPTION, COCK AND BULL, St James Theatre, June 9 2014BWW Reviews: TRISTRAM SHANDY: CONCEPTION, COCK AND BULL, St James Theatre, June 9 2014
June 10, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a delightful resurrection of one of English comedy's founding fathers - the coarse, warm, funny Tristram Shandy, the creation of Irish clergyman Laurence Sterne.
BWW Reviews: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, King's Head Theatre, June 8 2014BWW Reviews: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, King's Head Theatre, June 8 2014
June 9, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a terrifyingly uncompromising play about women held away from their hopes, their dreams, their desires, distinguished by some brilliant acting and fine use of the venue's tiny, oppressive, space.
BWW Reviews: LEAR, Union Theatre, June 7 2014BWW Reviews: LEAR, Union Theatre, June 7 2014
June 8, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a Lear who walks among us as her (yes, this Lear is a woman) mind comes and goes and her daughters squabble over the prizes she so foolishly has allocated. There are lessons too - for state and family - today.
BWW Reviews: AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK, Rose Theatre Kingston, June 4 2014BWW Reviews: AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK, Rose Theatre Kingston, June 4 2014
June 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a new play, with lots of music, dancing and singing, set in a traditional Lancashire village as love blossoms, war looms and everyone pays a price.


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