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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Vanara, Hackney Empire review - fine singing, but a plodding book and one-pitch score in this new musical by Gary Naylor

★★ VANARA, HACKNEY EMPIRE Falls well short of its West Side Story inspired ambition Two tribes feud over fire in a post-apocalyptic world's last surviving forest Two tribes, both alike…

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

What If If Only, Royal Court review - short if not sweet by Gary Naylor

★★★★ WHAT IF IF ONLY Caryl Churchill's short play considers the despair of grief and the optimism of hope A beautifully staged reflection on the pain of confronting loss and the nece…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Back to the Future: The Musical, Adelphi Theatre review - a spectacular West End show to delight fans old and new by Gary Naylor

★★★★ BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL, ADELPHI THEATRE A spectacular West End show to delight fans old and new Whether you've seen the movie ten times or never, this will be a night …

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Last Five Years, Garrick Theatre review - bittersweet musical treat gets West End upgrade by Gary Naylor

★★★★ THE LAST FIVE YEARS, GARRICK THEATRE Jason Robert Brown's semi-autobiographical show gets a West End upgrade  Flaws remain, but audiences will lap up the gorgeous melodies, be…

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Blithe Spirit, Harold Pinter Theatre review - an amusing, if dated, revival of the Coward classic by Gary Naylor

★★★ BLITHE SPIRIT, HAROLD PINTER THEATRE Jennifer Saunders delights her fans in classic comedy Jennifer Saunders delivers a fine turn as the celebrated Madame Arcati in Sir Noël Cowa…

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Orange Tree Theatre review - a blast from the past with lessons for today by Gary Naylor

★★★ STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST UNDER THE IMMORALITY ACT, ORANGE TREE THEATRE Timely revival of Athol Fugard's searing indictment of Apartheid Forty-nine years on, Fugard's anger has l…

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury review - dazzling Disney rewrite by Gary Naylor

★★★★★ BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY Dazzling Disney rewrite Beloved Angela Lansbury film is in sure, safe theatrical hands Bedknobs and Broomsticks has al…

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre review - a spectacular show that hits and misses by Gary Naylor

★★★ CINDERELLA, GILLIAN LYNNE THEATRE A spectacular show that hits and misses A good night out, but with unrealised ambition to be rather more than that Belleville has lost its Prince…

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

2:22 A Ghost Story, Noël Coward Theatre review - unconvincing, sporadically amusing, genre play by Gary Naylor

★★ 2:22 A GHOST STORY, NOËL COWARD THEATRE A big name cast wring all they can from a flawed script A few shocks and laughs but lacking in character-led credibility Danny Robins tells u…

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Big Big Sky, Hampstead Downstairs review - a perfectly realised character study by Gary Naylor

★★★★★ BIG BIG SKY, HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS A wonderful play about decent people This poignant, uplifting play is just what we need right now Get to Swiss Cottage early because Bob …

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

South Pacific, Chichester Festival Theatre review - gloriously revived and also refreshed by Gary Naylor

★★★★★ SOUTH PACIFIC, CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE Rodgers and Hammerstein classic given renewed relevance  Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is given renewed relevance in a spectacu…

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Pippin, Charing Cross Theatre review - happy-clappy vibe by Gary Naylor

Light up a joss stick for this pared-back version of Stephen Schwartz 's 1972 musical If Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1966 was anyone under the age of 25, why couldn’t a teenage…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Raya, Hampstead Downstairs review - a richly fraught reunion by Gary Naylor

Deborah Bruce's play puts multiple topics on the table Thirty years on, Alex and Jason meet at a university reunion and cab it back to Jason’s old student house where Alex is thinking “…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

BWW Review: VENICE PRESERVED, Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon by Gary Naylor

Prasanna Puwanarajah's revival of Venice Preserved brings the look of the show right up to date - its narrative is very 21st century, so needed nothing.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BWW Review: TOSCA, Royal Opera House by Gary Naylor

Gorgeous and gruesome, this revival of Jonathan Kent's production fills the Royal Opera House with emotion and passion - and a warning of what chaos can ensue in a failing state.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

BWW Interview: Tom Brennan Talks EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION at Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

Tom Brennan explains that what you want, what you really, really want, is a comedy set in a school in May 1997.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

BWW Review: USER NOT FOUND, The CoffeeWorks Project, Battersea Power Station by Gary Naylor

USER NOT FOUND plunges us into the very contemporary and very real issues concerning one's digital legacy. Do you hit the big red button and kill that person again Or do you let them live on…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BWW Review: VINCENT RIVER, Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

When Davey musters the courage to go speak to Anita instead of merely stalking her, both have to confront psychological trauma that can no longer be denied.

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BWW Review: ANDREA CHENIER, Royal Opera House by Gary Naylor

Andrea Chenier is a feast for eyes and ears with Roberto Alagna, Sondra Radvanovsky and Dimitri Platanias magnificent in the tale of the poet who stays true to love as the world descends int…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

BWW Review: HAPPY JACK, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Happy Jack is an early play by John Godber full of working class warmth tempered with a hard edge of social criticism.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

BWW Review: UTE LEMPER: RENDEZVOUS WITH MARLENE, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

Ute Lemper Rendezvous with Marlene sees a living legend portraying a now lost legend - up close and personal and a privilege to see.

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Monday, May 13, 2019


Jonathan Maitland delivers a satirical take on Brexit in general and Boris Johnson in particular, that lacks the insight and the jokes required to do justice to its source material's rich po…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

BWW Review: THE PROVOKED WIFE, RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon by Gary Naylor

The Provoked Wife combines tremendous comedy with a hard-edged look at human nature and the institutions that underpin society - as relevant today as when it was written over 300 years ago.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

BWW Review: AMOUR, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

Amour is a delightful fable that bathes you in the warmth of Legrands music and Sams' lyrics, brilliantly realised by a hardworking cast under the sure direction of Hannah Chissick. Musical …

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BWW Interview: Ute Lemper Talks RENDEZVOUS WITH MARLENE at the Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

Ute Lemper talks to BroadwayWorld UK about her role in Rendezvous with Marlene, her 'personal homage to that great lady', at the Arcola Theatre

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Friday, May 3, 2019

BWW Review: SHADOWLANDS, Chichester Festival Theatre by Gary Naylor

Shadowlands can feel a little outdated, but it wins you over with the warmth and wit of the characters and two wonderful performances from Hugh Bonneville and Liz White.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

BWW Review: HELL YES I'M TOUGH ENOUGH, Park Theatre by Gary Naylor

Ben Alderton takes swipes at every stripe in the political rainbow, but lacks the precision required to bring a plague on all their houses.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BWW Review: EMPTY ROOM, Camden People's Theatre by Gary Naylor

Miriam Gould's portrait of herself and her parents is as personal as one would expect, but its also beautifully judged and accessible, weaving music in and out of its narrative to great effe…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

BWW Review: MARKET BOY, The Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Market Boy takes us back to the days of George and Andrew with plenty of bad boys in Romford. And it tells us a fair bit about 2019 en route.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Ain't Misbehavin' crashes through the gloom of Brexity Britain with bangin' tunes and bubbly bantz. Looks good, sounds good and makes you feel good.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BWW Review: OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY, Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Other People's Money shows us that the misogyny and avarice scrawled on social media and polluting today's politics, can trace its roots back 30 years at least.

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