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: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes TheatreBWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes Theatre
Posted: Nov. 19, 2017


BWW Review: THE EXORCIST, Phoenix TheatreBWW Review: THE EXORCIST, Phoenix Theatre
Posted: Nov. 2, 2017


BWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
Posted: Nov. 7, 2017


BWW Review: SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA - AMORE, London ColiseumBWW Review: SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA - AMORE, London Coliseum
Posted: Nov. 22, 2017


BWW Review: IMAGINE THIS, Union TheatreBWW Review: IMAGINE THIS, Union Theatre
Posted: Nov. 2, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union TheatreBWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union Theatre
Posted: Aug. 18, 2017


BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts TheatreBWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts Theatre
Posted: Jul. 25, 2017


BWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown TheatreBWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
Posted: May. 13, 2017


BWW Review: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Union TheatreBWW Review: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Union Theatre
Posted: May. 29, 2017


BWW Review: ORDINARY DAYS, Drayton Arms TheatreBWW Review: ORDINARY DAYS, Drayton Arms Theatre
November 23, 2017

Ordinary Days captures the ups and downs of romance in a big city with fine singing and warm, winning performances.

BWW Review: SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA - AMORE, London ColiseumBWW Review: SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA - AMORE, London Coliseum
November 22, 2017

Three very different dances united by the stellar qualities of Bolshoi superstar Svetlana Zakharova.

BWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes TheatreBWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes Theatre
November 19, 2017

This is a great, complex, problematic, Shakespearean, mythic, disturbing, provocative play.

BWW Review: THE DARK ROOM, Theatre503BWW Review: THE DARK ROOM, Theatre503
November 16, 2017

The Dark Room raises important issues but its lack of nuance and relentless emotional pain delivered at top volume and top speed, detract from its dramatic potential.

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Brockley Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
November 17, 2017

As it settles into its run, expect this production of 'Earnest' to bring out comedy that goes against the grain of the times, but is no less funny for that.

BWW Review: MACBETH, Bussey BuildingBWW Review: MACBETH, Bussey Building
November 10, 2017

A pared back but wholly successful production that places the storytelling and poetry at the centre of the storm of hubristic violence.

BWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Southwark Playhouse
November 7, 2017

Mother Courage and her Children grows with relevance as Josie Lawrence turns in a once in a lifetime performance as a woman whose eye for business blinds her to what really matters.

BWW Review: IMAGINE THIS, Union TheatreBWW Review: IMAGINE THIS, Union Theatre
November 2, 2017

Imagine This is considered and serious in its examination of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, but is ultimately let down by a plodding book and samey songs.

BWW Review: THE EXORCIST, Phoenix TheatreBWW Review: THE EXORCIST, Phoenix Theatre
November 2, 2017

The iconic film loses its way on transition from screen to stage in disappointing adaptation low on shocks.

BWW Review: INSIGNIFICANCE, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: INSIGNIFICANCE, Arcola Theatre
October 24, 2017

A timely revival for Terry Johnson's play that delivers on its themes, but falls short on its drama.

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.



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