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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Grease, Dominion Theatre review - a super night out, great songs well sung and spectacular dancing by Gary Naylor

★★★★ GREASE, Dominion Theatre Nostalgia for the late 1950s and late 1970s underpins an entertaining show Crowdpleaser pleases crowd: this High School musical delivers what its audie…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:07PM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's Globe review - the Bard buried in bad choices by Gary Naylor

★ JULIUS CAESAR, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Misjudged masterpiece   Intrusive 21st century agenda and dismal staging waste an opportunity With tyrants licking their lips around the world and th…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:54AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Bonnie & Clyde, The Arts Theatre review - great songs, but plot fires too many blanks by Gary Naylor

Iconic couple shoot for West End success One of the more irritating memes (it’s a competitive field, I know) is the “Name a more iconic couple” appearing over a photo of Posh and Becks…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:42AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Zorro the Musical, Charing Cross Theatre review - struggling to find the right tone by Gary Naylor

Swordplay and songs never quite hit their stride Zorro (what a name!) is back, swashing and buckling his way into the West End, 13 years after he left and now not the only one wearing a mask…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:06AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Project Dictator, New Diorama Theatre review - anarchic satire by Gary Naylor

Political lesson on the dangers of populism fails to hit home Loud madcap comedy morphs into mime and flops when it should fly When Rhum + Clay conceived this show, the idea of a comic becom…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:12AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Merchant of Venice, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - enormous empathy by Gary Naylor

Abigail Graham's pacy production focuses on the moneylender's fate A supposed 'comedy' gives the moneylender Shylock pride of place The Merchant of Venice is a comedy, you say? Shakespeare,…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:03AM
Monday, March 7, 2022

After the End, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - suddenly relevant two-hander by Gary Naylor

Dennis Kelly's 2005 play presses many 2022 buttons Lockdown, #MeToo and Ukraine give new urgency to a dystopian fable Mark was teased about the fallout shelter at the bottom of his garden …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:36AM
Friday, March 4, 2022

But I'm A Cheerleader: The Musical, Turbine Theatre review - two cheers for feelgood show by Gary Naylor

Another musical based on a movie hits London, with a moral guaranteed to please audiences Wave your pom poms for a show with its heart in the right place We open on “Seventeen is Swell”,…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:48AM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Saturday Night Fever, Peacock Theatre review - crowd-pleaser stays true to its roots by Gary Naylor

Few concessions to 21st century sensibilities, but a great night out Iconic film on stage heats up the West End Wind the clock back 45 years and the Big Apple was bankrupt, the lights had go…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:18AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Broken Wings, Charing Cross Theatre review - new musical fails to fly by Gary Naylor

Plodding book detailing a poet's sentimental education falls flat on stage Somewhere in the world right now, one can hear Mister Mister's AOR hit, "Broken Wings" on an MOR radio station, cap…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:42AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Jermyn Street Theatre review - True Crime musical gets West End showcase by Gary Naylor

★★★ THRILL ME:THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY Child killers seduce us with charisma and song Child killers seduce us with charisma and song There's a lot of True Crime stuff about, so it'…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:33AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

David Suchet - Poirot And More, A Retrospective, Harold Pinter Theatre review - the much-loved actor looks back by Gary Naylor

Sir David Suchet reflects on his extraordinary career  Sir David Suchet takes us from school days to sleuth days In the 80s, An Audience With... gave a television studio to an actor who th…

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

The Tiger Lillies' Christmas Carol: A Victorian Gutter, Southbank Centre review - cult band get inside Scrooge's head by Gary Naylor

★★★★ THE TIGER LILLIES' CHRISTMAS CAROL: A VICTORIAN GUTTER, SOUTHBANK CENTRE  Melancholy musical retelling laced with wit and political venom   The Tiger Lillies tell a familiar…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:24PM
Monday, November 29, 2021

The Good Life, Richmond Theatre review - popular sitcom gets its own origin story by Gary Naylor

★★★ THE GOOD LIFE Nostalgic comedy with a surprising resonance 45 years on  Tom, Barbara, Jerry and Margo are back in the '70s, but with a message for today "Off-grid" wasn't a thing…

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Friday, November 26, 2021

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic review - not quite a festive-season cracker by Gary Naylor

★★★ A Christmas Carol - Immersive Dickens production not quite a Christmas cracker Stephen Mangan's Scrooge learns his lesson in imbalanced Dickens adaptation Four years and a Broadw…

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Charing Cross Theatre review - Tony-winning play checks out Chekhov by Gary Naylor

★★★★ VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Comedy mines Chekhov for laughs and finds some rich seams  Super London debut for Russian-inspired Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Mas…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:36AM
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Footfalls and Rockaby, Jermyn Street Theatre review - Beckett up close and personal by Gary Naylor

★★★★★ FOOTFALLS AND ROCKABY, Beckett's ferocious contemplations on the ebbing of life Double bill finds the Irish master at his most raw Like all great art, Samuel Beckett's works…

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Milk and Gall, Theatre 503 review - motherhood in the age of Trump by Gary Naylor

★★★★ MILK AND GALL, Baby turns New Yorkers' lives upside down, while Trump has a tantrum or two  No holds barred comedy lays bare the unsentimental side of parenting Tuesday, 8 No…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:32PM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Choir Of Man, Arts Theatre review - old school hits in an old school pub by Gary Naylor

★★★ THE CHOIR OF MAN, Decent blokes sing old school hits in an old school pub Lots of songs and lots of sugary sentimentality Like a previous occupant of this venue, Six, The Choir Of…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:12PM
Friday, October 29, 2021

The Magician's Elephant, Royal Shakespeare Theatre review - family musical doesn't fully deliver by Gary Naylor

★★★ THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT, ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE A musical about trust and hope, and an unexpected elephant An elephant awakens an emotionally shattered town Trigger warnings h…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:42PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:32AM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:42AM
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 …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:48AM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:06AM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:54AM