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

BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2017: Gary Naylor's Nominations - Pt. 1BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2017: Gary Naylor's Nominations
Posted: Sep. 20, 2017


BWW Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL, The VaultsBWW Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL, The Vaults
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon TheatreBWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon Theatre
Posted: Oct. 4, 2017


BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN, Jack Studio Theatre
Posted: Sep. 29, 2017


BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Arts TheatreBWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Arts Theatre
Posted: Oct. 3, 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


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 WOMAN IN BLACK, Fortune Theatre, 1 December 2016BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Fortune Theatre, 1 December 2016
Posted: Dec. 2, 2016


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


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


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


BWW Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL, The VaultsBWW Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL, The Vaults
October 13, 2017

Hair The Musical is back for a 50th anniversary show, but only provokes Gary Naylor to turn on, tune in and drop off.

BWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon TheatreBWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon Theatre
October 4, 2017

Flashdance The Musical may lack narrative drive, but it more than makes up for it with iconic songs and energetic performances full of star power.

BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Arts TheatreBWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Arts Theatre
October 3, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a show packed with broad humour and commercial songs - and underpinned by a message that matters.

BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN, Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN, Jack Studio Theatre
September 29, 2017

Frankenstein, likes its eponymous anti-hero, is often brilliant but flounders on its ambition.

BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2017: Gary Naylor's Nominations - Pt. 1BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2017: Gary Naylor's Nominations - Pt. 1
September 20, 2017

Picking out the best of UK theatre over the past 12 months is a curious task - akin to judging avocado pears against conference pears, we're comparing like with like only in the broadest sense. So, with that necessary caveat, here are some of my nominations for the BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2017.

BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE, Soho TheatreBWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE, Soho Theatre
September 15, 2017

Gary Naylor sees another opera up close from the award-winning OperaUpClose, this time lacking a little in the clarity that has characterised previous productions.

BWW Review: THE KNOWLEDGE, Charing Cross TheatreBWW Review: THE KNOWLEDGE, Charing Cross Theatre
September 12, 2017

A timely revival for one of Jack Rosenthal's celebrated TV plays of the 70s with much to say about the age of the Uber.

BWW Review: BRITNEY SPEARS - THE CABARET, The Other PalaceBWW Review: BRITNEY SPEARS - THE CABARET, The Other Palace
September 7, 2017

Britney Spears The Cabaret entertains and provokes with the story of the pop princess's life told through Christie Whelan Browne's comic cuts and wonderful singing.

BWW Review: DEADLINE DAY, Theatre N16BWW Review: DEADLINE DAY, Theatre N16
September 5, 2017

Deadline Day has echoes of The Likely Lads in its humour, drawn from the clashing of cultures as a boy wonder footballer and his go-getting agent travel to London to sign for Chelsea.

BWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union TheatreBWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union Theatre
August 18, 2017

Salad Days is easy to dismiss is the lightest of light entertainment, but has plenty of political punch under its joyous exterior.

BWW Review: HANSEL & GRETEL AND THE WITCH BABA YAGA, St Paul's Church, Covent GardenBWW Review: HANSEL & GRETEL AND THE WITCH BABA YAGA, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
August 9, 2017

Director, Amy Draper, packs plenty into realising writer Daniel Winder's ambitious take on the Grimm fairytale, but the show needs to be edited back to two hours maximum running time to succeed fully.

BWW Review: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Arcola Theatre
August 2, 2017

The Cunning Little Vixen is a opera favourite but no less fascinating for that, especially in this innovative and engaging production.

BWW Review: WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN CONCERT, Cambridge TheatreBWW Review: WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN CONCERT, Cambridge Theatre
August 1, 2017

Long a star of Wicked, Willemijn Verkaik delivers a splendid one-off concert to her adoring fans.

BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF KIM K, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF KIM K, Arcola Theatre
July 26, 2017

The Marriage of Kim K is an innovative melding of musical genres, as three couples find life together more difficult than expected, their lives revealed in a very 21st century style.

BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts TheatreBWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts Theatre
July 25, 2017

I Loved Lucy returns to the West End with a change in tone, but retaining its charm and its pathos with another incandescent star performance from Sandra Dickinson.

BWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's PlaceBWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's Place
July 11, 2017

La Voix Humaine, Poulenc's one act, one soprano opera based on a play by Jean Cocteau, is a visceral, demanding, rewarding evening, ferociously up to date in every sense.

BWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The VaultsBWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The Vaults
July 4, 2017

King Kong (A Comedy) tries a little too hard for laughs, but captures some of the pathos of its 1933 movie inspiration in a breathless 80 minutes show..

BWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent GardenBWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
June 30, 2017

A Macbeth that stays true to the 17th century origin of the play, yet feels bang up to date with plenty for teenage fans of Game of Thrones and Shakespeare veterans to enjoy.

BWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union TheatreBWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union Theatre
June 28, 2017

Blondel The Musical has elements of pantomime and elements of the real punch of musical theatre in a show that works well only intermittently.

BWW Review: THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, Arcola Theatre
June 17, 2017

These Tress Are Made Of Blood tells the story of Argentina's Dirty War using cabaret as a vehicle to describe the horrors and the politics that drove it.



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