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Friday, July 13, 2018

BWW Review: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE, Arts Theatre by Gary Naylor

Jukebox musical that should have stayed in the pub.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

BWW Interview: David Haig Talks PRESSURE by Gary Naylor

David Haig, whose extensive acting career encompasses stage and screen, is currently starring inPressureat the Ambassadors Theatre - a play that he also wrote.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

BWW Review: IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

A strange show about the strange relationship between a fake German count and his young, but dead, bride.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

BWW Review: SIRENS OF THE SILVER SCREEN, Tabard Theatre by Gary Naylor

A show about Judy, Audrey and Marilyn including songs by the gifted Beth Burrows - but does it tell us anything new

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

BWW Review: MISS LITTLEWOOD, Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon by Gary Naylor

Miss Littlewood pays tribute to a pioneer of British theatre whose work either side of the Second World War did more for what is called outreach these days, than any other figure before or s…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BWW Review: FOR KING AND COUNTRY, Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Courtroom drama set on the Western Front that doesn't convince in its script and staging but still presses the emotional buttons.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

BWW Review: MY BEAUTIFUL CIRCUS, Chiswick House and Gardens by Gary Naylor

My Beautiful Circus brings a traditional entertainment to the village green but delivers it with 21st century savvy and morals.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT, Shakespeare in the Squares by Gary Naylor

As You Like It - wit, wisdom and flaws - done in the squares of London on beautiful summer evenings, What's not to like

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

BWW Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Gary Naylor

Britten's celebrated opera re-imagined for a summer evening pregnant with ill-resolved threat.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

BWW Review: DAISY PULLS IT OFF, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

The 80s West End hit is revived by the actor-musicians of the graduating class of Guildford School of Acting in a production that never quite settles on a tone that fits 2018 audiences' sens…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

BWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes Theatre by Gary Naylor

Based on a true story, The Little Pony examines how two parents react to their child who clings to his pink backpack as the bullying, physical and psychological, piles up.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BWW Review: THE END OF HISTORY, St Giles-in-the-Fields by Gary Naylor

A play that explores the impact of gentrification on London through two characters, flawed but real, in an engaging work.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BWW Review: THE SEAGULL, Lion and Unicorn Theatre by Gary Naylor

A curious tone in this bold adaptation that doesn't get everything right, but it's Chekhov, so there's more than enough to enjoy

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Friday, June 8, 2018

BWW Review: THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Daughter-in-Law bristles with working class reality buoyed by dialect and accent rooted in the Nottinghamshire pits - but the characters never emerge from that backdrop and the play leav…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

BWW Review: SANCHO - AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, Wilton's Music Hall by Gary Naylor

Paterson Joseph's homage to a forgotten person, indeed, a forgotten people, has its moments but ultimately falls short of the drama required for it to really fly.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BWW Review: THE STRANGE DEATH OF JOHN DOE, Hampstead Theatre by Gary Naylor

A timely and important new play that blends movement, comedy and pathos into a compelling mix that says much about how we value life in 2018.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

BWW Review: THE RINK, Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

The Rink revives a show received with lacklustre reviews and box office in the 80s and, through two brilliant central performances and a showstopper setpiece, make it a hit.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

BWW Review: KING LEAR, BBC2 and iPlayer by Gary Naylor

King Lear given the Game of Thrones treatment on the small screen, losing a little of the claustrophobic madness en route.

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BWW Review: BREAK OF NOON, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

A revival of a work by the revered French playwright, Paul Claudel, that probably doesn't say enough, but does so at enormous length.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BWW Review: A SOCKFUL OF CUSTARD, Pleasance Theatre by Gary Naylor

A curiously intrusive structure gets in the way of the extraordinary, one-off comic genius that was Spike Milligan in an affectionate tribute from Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

BWW Review: THE GIFT OF THE GAB, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

Great to see a comedy set amongst the dodgy types who frequent a 70s Brighton brilliantly conjured by set and costumes, but an overly episodic structure and predictable conclusion lets down …

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BWW Review: UNCLE VANYA, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Gary Naylor

Though a challenge for the concentration, Maly Drama Theatre delivers a definitive Vanya against which all others can be judged.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The HAMILTON Experience At Victoria Palace Theatre by Gary Naylor

Hamilton not reviewed, but experienced.

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BWW Review: EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS (SONGS BANNED BY THE NAZIS), Gate Theatre by Gary Naylor

Weimar Cabaret delivered with talent, humour and fear to burn

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

BWW Review: WORTH A FLUTTER, The Hope Theatre by Gary Naylor

A slice of working class life that tickles the funny bone and pulls at the heartstrings, but never quite resolves its structural issues.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BWW Review: THE SWALLOW, Cervantes Theatre by Gary Naylor

Guillem Clua's new play is a serious examination of how love finds expression differently, beautifully translated and acted with great sensitivity - a thought-provoking and ultimately uplift…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

BWW Review: TWANG!! THE MUSICAL, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

A Lionel Bart post-Oliver flop given a new book and a huge injection of energy just makes you feel happy - and ain't that a good thing

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BWW Review: MOORMAID, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

Moormaid takes on a contemporary issue - the return to Europe of young men who fought in Syria - but fails to build characters in whom we can believe despite dome fine acting.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

BWW Review: THE GOLDEN F**KING YEARS, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Golden Fking Years is a beautifully observed and acted farce that finds plenty of comedy in the tedium of ageing and the sudden opportunity of a bit of excitement - and the consequences …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BWW Review: GAUHAR JAAN - THE DATIA INCIDENT, Omnibus Theatre by Gary Naylor

A play and accompanying exhibition about a renowned Indian singer, the eponymous Gauhar Jaan, and 'an incident' that gained infamy across India in the early 20th century.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

BACK FOR GOOD: Time To Revive A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC by Gary Naylor

In our new series, BroadwayWorld UK writers nominate the shows they'd love to see revived

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