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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BWW Review: CARMEN 1808, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Liberties have been taken with Bizet's opera, but none are diabolical, and what emerges is something which is sometimes less and sometimes more than its inspiration.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

BWW Review: THE UNGRATEFUL BIPED, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

Just when the grimness is becoming tiresome, Philip Goodhew's script is transformed by an injection of darkest comedy without ever losing its focus as a searing indictment of modern life.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BWW Review: CYRIL'S SUCCESS, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

A little dated for sure, but with enough Ayckbourn and even a touch of Fawlty Towers to appeal to 21st century audiences, this is a pleasing, if unchallenging, evening's entertainment.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

BWW Review: EUGENIUS, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

Eugenius is funny, bursting with great songs and great performances and, if a little overly familiar in terms of plot and characters, forgivably so.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BWW Review: KEN, The Bunker by Gary Naylor

Terry Johnson tells us of his lifelong friendship with Ken Campbell, an eccentric giant of English Theatre, in a funny, poignant and beautifully performed production.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BWW Review: SACHA GUITRY - MA FILLE ET MOI, Drayton Arms Theatre by Gary Naylor

Though Sacha Guitry is largely unknown in the UK, this production weaves five extracts of his plays into a single narrative and shows that the tag of 'The French Noel Coward' was not undeser…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BWW Review: AUSTEN THE MUSICAL, Mirth, Marvel and Maud Theatre by Gary Naylor

One for fans of Jane Austen and for anyone who likes to see an intelligent production performed with technical skill and rewarding wit.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

BWW Review: FEAR AND MISERY OF THE THIRD REICH, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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BWW Review, DOODLE - THE MUSICAL! Waterloo East Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

BWW Review: HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

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

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2017 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best of Theatre by Gary Naylor

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

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BWW Review: EUGENE ONEGIN, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

BWW Review: THE GRINNING MAN, Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

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.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BWW Review: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Almeida Theatre by Gary Naylor

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.

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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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