Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor is chief London reviewer for BroadwayWorld (https://www.broadwayworld.com/author/Gary-Naylor) and feels privileged to see so much of his home city's theatre. He writes about cricket for The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/gary-naylor) and is a lead commentator at Guerilla Cricket (https://www.guerillacricket.com/). He podcasts on 80s and 90s football at https://www.nessundormapod.com/. He writes on films at Letterboxd  https://letterboxd.com/garynaylor999/. He tweets at https://twitter.com/garynaylor999






MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

Review: THE SOBCENTRE, Jack Studio Theatre
Review: THE SOBCENTRE, Jack Studio Theatre
March 1, 2024

Tathata Theatre have some good ideas, but we see what looks more like a work-in-progress than a fully realised play

Review: JAB, Finborough Theatre
Review: JAB, Finborough Theatre
February 26, 2024

James McDermott's two-hander hits hard, but needs a little more mystery and nuance to realise its potential

Review: LEAR'S SHADOW, Jack Studio Theatre
Review: LEAR'S SHADOW, Jack Studio Theatre
February 16, 2024

Colin Hurley gives us a Lear who has echoes of leaders today, but the pace and volume of the performance make drawing such parallels tricky.

Review: WHEN YOU PASS OVER MY TOMB, Arcola Theatre
Review: WHEN YOU PASS OVER MY TOMB, Arcola Theatre
February 15, 2024

Daniel Goldman brings award-winning Franco-Uruguayan Sergio Blanco's 2016 play to English speaking audiences for the first time

Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, English National Opera, London Coliseum
Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, English National Opera, London Coliseum
February 13, 2024

The longstanding favourite is all very slick but, 37 years on, the production is showing its age

Review: ROMEO AND JULIET, RSC First Encounters, Sydenham Primary School
Review: ROMEO AND JULIET, RSC First Encounters, Sydenham Primary School
February 6, 2024

Arts funding has never been more threatened at a time when it's never been more needed

Review: THE HANDMAID'S TALE, English National Opera, London Coliseum
Review: THE HANDMAID'S TALE, English National Opera, London Coliseum
February 2, 2024

Paul Ruder's opera, based on Margaret Atwood's celebrated novel, has, frighteningly, gained more relevance since its premiere in 2000

Review: THE EU KILLED MY DAD, Jermyn Street Theatre
Review: THE EU KILLED MY DAD, Jermyn Street Theatre
January 25, 2024

Aaron Kilercioglu's play may, or may not, be an allegory for Turkey's changing state in a changing world

Review: TRANSGRESSION, White Bear Theatre
Review: TRANSGRESSION, White Bear Theatre
January 24, 2024

Loretta Monaco's play introduces interesting ideas, but lacks the characterisation and dialogue required to build convincing and engaging characters

Review: THE MOTHER OF KAMAL, Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review: THE MOTHER OF KAMAL, Upstairs at the Gatehouse
January 21, 2024

Dina Ibrahim's play is important and heartfelt, but never establishes a tight grip on the audience's emotions

Review: LOOK BEHIND YOU, Theatre at the Tabard
Review: LOOK BEHIND YOU, Theatre at the Tabard
January 19, 2024

25 years on, Strut & Fret revive and update their backstage comedy to winning effect

Review: REHAB THE MUSICAL, Neon 194
Review: REHAB THE MUSICAL, Neon 194
January 18, 2024

Keith Allen and Mica Paris lead a tremendous cast in a musical that deserves a bigger stage

Review: DON'T DESTROY ME, Arcola Theatre
Review: DON'T DESTROY ME, Arcola Theatre
January 17, 2024

Michael Hastings' debut play is both of its time and anchored in an adolescent scream for stability and meaning

Review: THE UNFRIEND, Wyndham's Theatre
Review: THE UNFRIEND, Wyndham's Theatre
January 11, 2024

Lee Mack and Frances Barber lead a fine cast in Steven Moffat's comedy, sailing back into the West End for a limited run

Critics' Pick: Gary Naylor's Best of 2023 in Review
Critics' Pick: Gary Naylor's Best of 2023 in Review
December 20, 2023

Some highlights of the last year and some optimism for an uncertain future

Review: OH NO IT ISN'T!, Jack Studio Theatre
Review: OH NO IT ISN'T!, Jack Studio Theatre
December 17, 2023

Luke Adamson's backstage tale proves both a celebration of the joy of seasonal theatre and a condemnation of the loneliness it can bring

Review: THE REST IS POLITICS LIVE, Royal Albert Hall
Review: THE REST IS POLITICS LIVE, Royal Albert Hall
December 15, 2023

Wonderfully warm show by the soi-disant 'Pod-Gods' taps into a desire for a gentler, more considerate politics

Interview: Reviewing The Situation with Steve Furst, OLIVER!'s Fagin, at Leeds Playhouse
Interview: Reviewing The Situation with Steve Furst, OLIVER!'s Fagin, at Leeds Playhouse
December 14, 2023

Ten questions for The Artful Dodger's boss

Review: ODYSSEY: A HEROIC PANTOMIME, Jermyn Street Theatre
Review: ODYSSEY: A HEROIC PANTOMIME, Jermyn Street Theatre
December 10, 2023

Five opera singers are holding out for a hero

Review: THE TOYMAKER'S CHILD, Chickenshed Theatre
Review: THE TOYMAKER'S CHILD, Chickenshed Theatre
December 8, 2023

The joy springs from stage to stalls and back again in a wondrous update on Pinocchio



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