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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR, Barbican Theatre by Gary Naylor

A straight, gimmick-free production of Julius Caesar that may be as relevant today as at any time in the last 420 years.

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BWW Review: LA BOHEME, Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

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.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

BWW Review: PROJECT POLUNIN - SATORI, London Coliseum by Gary Naylor

Project Polunin is a mixed bag of dance and music, a showcase for the bad boy of ballet, Sergei Polunin, that succeeds intermittently.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

HAMILTON: Do Believe The Hype by Gary Naylor

The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda's songwriting in Hamilton, exemplified in one song.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BWW Review: KING TUT A PYRAMID PANTOMIME, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Charles Court Opera Company's eleventh panto continues their tradition of bold re-interpretations and bad jokes.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

BWW Review: PRIVATES ON PARADE, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BWW Review: ORDINARY DAYS, Drayton Arms Theatre by Gary Naylor

Ordinary Days captures the ups and downs of romance in a big city with fine singing and warm, winning performances.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BWW Review: SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA - AMORE, London Coliseum by Gary Naylor

Three very different dances united by the stellar qualities of Bolshoi superstar Svetlana Zakharova.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

BWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes Theatre by Gary Naylor

This is a great, complex, problematic, Shakespearean, mythic, disturbing, provocative play.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BWW Review: THE DARK ROOM, Theatre503 by Gary Naylor

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.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

BWW Review: MACBETH, Bussey Building by Gary Naylor

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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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Mother Courage and her Children grows with relevance as Josie Lawrence turns in a once in a lifetime performance as a woman whose eye for business blinds her to what really matters.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BWW Review: IMAGINE THIS, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Imagine This is considered and serious in its examination of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, but is ultimately let down by a plodding book and samey songs.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BWW Review: THE EXORCIST, Phoenix Theatre by Gary Naylor

The iconic film loses its way on transition from screen to stage in disappointing adaptation low on shocks.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BWW Review: INSIGNIFICANCE, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

A timely revival for Terry Johnson's play that delivers on its themes, but falls short on its drama.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

BWW Review: HAIR THE MUSICAL, The Vaults by Gary Naylor

Hair The Musical is back for a 50th anniversary show, but only provokes Gary Naylor to turn on, tune in and drop off.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

BWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon Theatre by Gary Naylor

Flashdance The Musical may lack narrative drive, but it more than makes up for it with iconic songs and energetic performances full of star power.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Arts Theatre by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor sees a show packed with broad humour and commercial songs - and underpinned by a message that matters.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Frankenstein, likes its eponymous anti-hero, is often brilliant but flounders on its ambition.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2017: Gary Naylor's Nominations - Pt. 1 by Gary Naylor

Picking out the best of UK theatre over the past 12 months is a curious task - akin to judging avocado pears against conference pears, we're comparing like with like only in the broadest sen…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE, Soho Theatre by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor sees another opera up close from the award-winning OperaUpClose, this time lacking a little in the clarity that has characterised previous productions.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BWW Review: THE KNOWLEDGE, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

A timely revival for one of Jack Rosenthal's celebrated TV plays of the 70s with much to say about the age of the Uber.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

BWW Review: BRITNEY SPEARS - THE CABARET, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

Britney Spears The Cabaret entertains and provokes with the story of the pop princess's life told through Christie Whelan Browne's comic cuts and wonderful singing.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

BWW Review: DEADLINE DAY, Theatre N16 by Gary Naylor

Deadline Day has echoes of The Likely Lads in its humour, drawn from the clashing of cultures as a boy wonder footballer and his go-getting agent travel to London to sign for Chelsea.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

BWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Salad Days is easy to dismiss is the lightest of light entertainment, but has plenty of political punch under its joyous exterior.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BWW Review: HANSEL & GRETEL AND THE WITCH BABA YAGA, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden by Gary Naylor

Director, Amy Draper, packs plenty into realising writer Daniel Winder's ambitious take on the Grimm fairytale, but the show needs to be edited back to two hours maximum running time to succ…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

BWW Review: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Cunning Little Vixen is a opera favourite but no less fascinating for that, especially in this innovative and engaging production.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BWW Review: WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN CONCERT, Cambridge Theatre by Gary Naylor

Long a star of Wicked, Willemijn Verkaik delivers a splendid one-off concert to her adoring fans.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF KIM K, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Marriage of Kim K is an innovative melding of musical genres, as three couples find life together more difficult than expected, their lives revealed in a very 21st century style.

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