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Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor is chief London reviewer for BroadwayWorld ( and feels privileged to see so much of his home city's theatre. He writes about cricket for The Guardian ( and is a lead commentator at Guerilla Cricket ( He podcasts on 80s and 90s football at He writes on films at Letterboxd He tweets at


Review: JACK! PLAYING IS BELIEVING..., Chickenshed Theatre
December 7, 2022

Another triumphant vindication of a uniquely thoroughgoing philosophy at Chickenshed

Review: MAKE MINE A DOUBLE - TUNNELS and PRESS, Park Theatre
December 1, 2022

A dystopian past and dystopian future form the backdrop to two plays that never quite escape their specificities and, consequently, remain a little distant

Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, London Coliseum
November 27, 2022

Opera based on much loved 1946 film offers a vision of a town without music, without joy, without love and, in doing so, compels us to value what we have - a moral shared by everyone in the house, but not outside it.

November 25, 2022

Super fun for 7 year-olds to 77 year-olds with all that stage magic up there on the screen

Review: A SHERLOCK CAROL, Marylebone Theatre
November 24, 2022

Super fun for Christmas with two of the world's most loved Victorian characters together at last

Review: DINNER WITH GROUCHO, Arcola Theatre
November 22, 2022

Frank McGuinness's new play puts two giants of 20th century culture together but fails to ignite a spark between them

Review: THE CRITIC, The Calder Bookshop and Theatre
November 21, 2022

John Hill's play touches on a range of interesting themes, but its narrative meanders and its tension falls away

Review: THE LAST LAUGH, Tabard Theatre
November 17, 2022

Brimming with ideas, Richard Harris's play never forgets that its first obligation is to entertain

Review: RICHARD THE SECOND, Omnibus Theatre
November 12, 2022

One of Shakespeare's most political plays is on the nose for our times, but this production doesn't quite have the courage of its aesthetic convictions

Review: IKARIA, Old Red Lion Theatre
November 11, 2022

Devastating production showcases outstanding writing, directing and acting to create a production that will live long in the memory

Review: DAYS OF QUARANTINE, White Bear Theatre
November 10, 2022

Relationships are forged and fractured in the emotional fires of lockdown

Review: HAPPINESS, Cervantes Theatre
November 8, 2022

A play from an award-winning Spanish playwright that captures our life and times in the UK with a domestic dilemma that raises big questions for the next generation

Review: BEHIND CLOSED WALLS, Jack Studio Theatre
October 28, 2022

David J Blair's new play has punch and relevance but may need expanding to fulfil its potential

Review: THE FAMOUS FIVE: A NEW MUSICAL, Chichester Festival Theatre
October 26, 2022

A show full of good songs, fine singing and engaging characters doesn't quite live up to the sum of its parts

October 22, 2022

Heartfelt condemnation of treatment of undocumented immigrants let down by structural issues and predictable plotting

Review: MARVELLOUS, @sohoplace
October 21, 2022

A new West End theatre launches with a show that is heartwarming but unnecessarily irritating in its structure and style

Review: MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO, Barbican Theatre
October 19, 2022

Triumphant re-imagining of the film that, incredibly, manages to add edge and poignancy to its extraordinary source material

Review: THE PLAY WITH SPEECHES, Jack Studio Theatre
October 16, 2022

Tremendous fun from a comedy that is set in the world of theatre but will find echoes in most workplaces

Review: KINKY BOOTS, Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
October 14, 2022

If the show lacks a little in power having been pared back, many more people will have a chance to enjoy a super show

Review: RE:IMAGINING MUSICALS EXHIBITION, Victoria and Albert Museum
October 14, 2022

Landmark show that has something for everyone

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