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.



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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH, Brockley Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Posted: Jan. 19, 2018


BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Union TheatreBWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Union Theatre
Posted: Jan. 12, 2018


BWW Review: DOODLE - THE MUSICAL!, Waterloo East TheatreBWW Review: DOODLE - THE MUSICAL!, Waterloo East Theatre
Posted: Jan. 19, 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: 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: FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH, Brockley Jack Studio TheatreBWW Review: FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
January 19, 2018

A fine production that grapples with the play's tricky structure to bring home Brecht's political points with a relevance for today that can hardly be missed.

BWW Review: DOODLE - THE MUSICAL!, Waterloo East TheatreBWW Review: DOODLE - THE MUSICAL!, Waterloo East Theatre
January 19, 2018

Doodle - The Musical starts with an unlikely idea that's spun out for nearly three hours - even some decent songs prove insufficient to rescue its poor script and dull characters.

BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Union TheatreBWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Union Theatre
January 12, 2018

George Bernard Shaw's Chekhovian black comedy has plenty of political heft, but lacks the dramatic clarity required to engage from first to last.

BWW Review: EUGENE ONEGIN, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: EUGENE ONEGIN, Arcola Theatre
December 20, 2017

OperaUpClose condense and update Tchaikovsky's classic tragedy for a new space and a new culture, but never lose sight of its deep set Russian roots.

2017 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best of Theatre2017 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best of Theatre
December 20, 2017

Gary Naylor looks back on 101 shows reviewed in 2017 and picks the best of the best.

BWW Review: THE GRINNING MAN, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: THE GRINNING MAN, Trafalgar Studios
December 19, 2017

A new musical with plenty of echoes of a very famous one indeed, with strong singing and jaw-dropping puppetry but undermined by a tone that is nether one thing not the other.

BWW Review: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Almeida TheatreBWW Review: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Almeida Theatre
December 13, 2017

The Twilight Zone takes us into the world of early 60s cult science fiction TV in a bold and innovative adaptation that never quite transcends its structural weaknesses.

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.



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