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: PROJECT POLUNIN - SATORI, London ColiseumBWW Review: PROJECT POLUNIN - SATORI, London Coliseum
Posted: Dec. 8, 2017


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


BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Charing Cross TheatreBWW Review: THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Charing Cross Theatre
Posted: Dec. 5, 2017


HAMILTON: Do Believe The HypeHAMILTON: Do Believe The Hype
Posted: Dec. 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: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes TheatreBWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes Theatre
Posted: Nov. 19, 2017


BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR, Barbican TheatreBWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR, Barbican Theatre
December 12, 2017

A straight, gimmick-free production of Julius Caesar that may be as relevant today as at any time in the last 420 years.

BWW Review: LA BOHEME, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: LA BOHEME, Trafalgar Studios
December 12, 2017

Stripped back and startlingly intimate, Puccini's great tunes are given full value by wonderful voices and sensational acting in a production that raises boutique operas to a new level.

BWW Review: PROJECT POLUNIN - SATORI, London ColiseumBWW Review: PROJECT POLUNIN - SATORI, London Coliseum
December 8, 2017

Project Polunin is a mixed bag of dance and music, a showcase for the bad boy of ballet, Sergei Polunin, that succeeds intermittently.

BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Charing Cross TheatreBWW Review: THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Charing Cross Theatre
December 5, 2017

The Woman In White has its flaws, but Thom Southerland's production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's 2004 show delivers plenty to fans of musical theatre.

HAMILTON: Do Believe The HypeHAMILTON: Do Believe The Hype
December 2, 2017

The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda's songwriting in Hamilton, exemplified in one song.

BWW Review: KING TUT A PYRAMID PANTOMIME, King's Head TheatreBWW Review: KING TUT A PYRAMID PANTOMIME, King's Head Theatre
November 29, 2017

The Charles Court Opera Company's eleventh panto continues their tradition of bold re-interpretations and bad jokes.

BWW Review: PRIVATES ON PARADE, Union TheatreBWW Review: PRIVATES ON PARADE, Union Theatre
November 26, 2017

Privates on Parade is often amusing, but time has not treated its approach to issues kindly, even for those unoffended by the casual racism and misogyny typical of its era.

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.



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