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 for 99.94 (nestaquin.wordpress.com) and also for The Guardian, Wisden India and Island Cricket and is a lead commentator at Guerilla Cricket (guerillacricket.com). He podcasts on 80s and 90s football at nessundormapod.com. His writing on films and other subjects is at tootingtrumpet.wordpress.com.

He tweets at @garynaylor999.



MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: KING LEAR, BBC2 and iPlayerBWW Review: KING LEAR, BBC2 and iPlayer
Posted: May. 29, 2018


BWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes TheatreBWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes Theatre
Posted: Jun. 15, 2018


BWW Review: THE RINK, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: THE RINK, Southwark Playhouse
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018


BWW Review: BREAK OF NOON, Finborough TheatreBWW Review: BREAK OF NOON, Finborough Theatre
Posted: May. 29, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

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


BWW Review: LA BOHEME, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: LA BOHEME, Trafalgar Studios
Posted: Dec. 12, 2017


BWW Review: MOORMAID, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: MOORMAID, Arcola Theatre
Posted: Apr. 25, 2018


BWW Review: THE GRINNING MAN, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: THE GRINNING MAN, Trafalgar Studios
Posted: Dec. 19, 2017


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


BWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes TheatreBWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes Theatre
June 15, 2018

Based on a true story, The Little Pony examines how two parents react to their child who clings to his pink backpack as the bullying, physical and psychological, piles up.

BWW Review: THE END OF HISTORY, St Giles-in-the-FieldsBWW Review: THE END OF HISTORY, St Giles-in-the-Fields
June 13, 2018

A play that explores the impact of gentrification on London through two characters, flawed but real, in an engaging work.

BWW Review: THE SEAGULL, Lion and Unicorn TheatreBWW Review: THE SEAGULL, Lion and Unicorn Theatre
June 12, 2018

A curious tone in this bold adaptation that doesn't get everything right, but it's Chekhov, so there's more than enough to enjoy!

BWW Review: THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, Arcola Theatre
June 8, 2018

The Daughter-in-Law bristles with working class reality buoyed by dialect and accent rooted in the Nottinghamshire pits - but the characters never emerge from that backdrop and the play leaves one with an unsatisfying sense of disbelief.

BWW Review: SANCHO - AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, Wilton's Music HallBWW Review: SANCHO - AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, Wilton's Music Hall
June 7, 2018

Paterson Joseph's homage to a forgotten person, indeed, a forgotten people, has its moments but ultimately falls short of the drama required for it to really fly.

BWW Review: THE STRANGE DEATH OF JOHN DOE, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: THE STRANGE DEATH OF JOHN DOE, Hampstead Theatre
June 6, 2018

A timely and important new play that blends movement, comedy and pathos into a compelling mix that says much about how we value life in 2018.

BWW Review: THE RINK, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: THE RINK, Southwark Playhouse
June 1, 2018

The Rink revives a show received with lacklustre reviews and box office in the 80s and, through two brilliant central performances and a showstopper setpiece, make it a hit.

BWW Review: KING LEAR, BBC2 and iPlayerBWW Review: KING LEAR, BBC2 and iPlayer
May 29, 2018

King Lear given the Game of Thrones treatment on the small screen, losing a little of the claustrophobic madness en route.

BWW Review: BREAK OF NOON, Finborough TheatreBWW Review: BREAK OF NOON, Finborough Theatre
May 29, 2018

A revival of a work by the revered French playwright, Paul Claudel, that probably doesn't say enough, but does so at enormous length.

BWW Review: A SOCKFUL OF CUSTARD, Pleasance TheatreBWW Review: A SOCKFUL OF CUSTARD, Pleasance Theatre
May 23, 2018

A curiously intrusive structure gets in the way of the extraordinary, one-off comic genius that was Spike Milligan in an affectionate tribute from Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell.

BWW Review: THE GIFT OF THE GAB, White Bear TheatreBWW Review: THE GIFT OF THE GAB, White Bear Theatre
May 19, 2018

Great to see a comedy set amongst the dodgy types who frequent a 70s Brighton brilliantly conjured by set and costumes, but an overly episodic structure and predictable conclusion lets down what could be a super show.

BWW Review: UNCLE VANYA, Theatre Royal HaymarketBWW Review: UNCLE VANYA, Theatre Royal Haymarket
May 16, 2018

Though a challenge for the concentration, Maly Drama Theatre delivers a definitive Vanya against which all others can be judged.

The HAMILTON Experience At Victoria Palace TheatreThe HAMILTON Experience At Victoria Palace Theatre
May 15, 2018

Hamilton not reviewed, but experienced.

BWW Review: EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS (SONGS BANNED BY THE NAZIS), Gate TheatreBWW Review: EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS (SONGS BANNED BY THE NAZIS), Gate Theatre
May 15, 2018

Weimar Cabaret delivered with talent, humour and fear to burn!

BWW Review: WORTH A FLUTTER, The Hope TheatreBWW Review: WORTH A FLUTTER, The Hope Theatre
May 9, 2018

A slice of working class life that tickles the funny bone and pulls at the heartstrings, but never quite resolves its structural issues.

BWW Review: THE SWALLOW, Cervantes TheatreBWW Review: THE SWALLOW, Cervantes Theatre
May 8, 2018

Guillem Clua's new play is a serious examination of how love finds expression differently, beautifully translated and acted with great sensitivity - a thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting production.

BWW Review: TWANG!! THE MUSICAL, Union TheatreBWW Review: TWANG!! THE MUSICAL, Union Theatre
April 27, 2018

A Lionel Bart post-Oliver! flop given a new book and a huge injection of energy just makes you feel happy - and ain't that a good thing!

BWW Review: MOORMAID, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: MOORMAID, Arcola Theatre
April 25, 2018

Moormaid takes on a contemporary issue - the return to Europe of young men who fought in Syria - but fails to build characters in whom we can believe despite dome fine acting.

BWW Review: THE GOLDEN F**KING YEARS, Brockley Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: THE GOLDEN F**KING YEARS, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
April 20, 2018

The Golden F**king Years is a beautifully observed and acted farce that finds plenty of comedy in the tedium of ageing and the sudden opportunity of a bit of excitement - and the consequences that inevitably follow.

BWW Review: GAUHAR JAAN - THE DATIA INCIDENT, Omnibus TheatreBWW Review: GAUHAR JAAN - THE DATIA INCIDENT, Omnibus Theatre
April 18, 2018

A play and accompanying exhibition about a renowned Indian singer, the eponymous Gauhar Jaan, and 'an incident' that gained infamy across India in the early 20th century.



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