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Friday, January 18, 2019

BWW Review: A MODEST LITTLE MAN, Bread and Roses Theatre by Gary Naylor

A Modest Little Man tells us something of the man and his achievements, Clement Attlee surrounded by egos and rivals talented though in this gem of a political comedy.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

BWW Interview: Kristine Landon-Smith Talks Tamasha Theatre and THE ORCHESTRA by Gary Naylor

Kristine Landon-Smith talks about directing her revival of Jean Anouilh's The Orchestra and about her unique life in theatre.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BWW Review: ROSENBAUM'S RESCUE, Park Theatre by Gary Naylor

Rosenbaum's Rescue compelling drama concerns itself with big questions like what is truth as they apply to a fractured family today and the interpretation of traumatic events in the past.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

BWW Review: STOP AND SEARCH, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

Gabriel Gbadamosi's writing touches on many hot button topics for 2019, but it never quite finds the characters to lend credibility and, crucially, empathy, to his contemporary and important…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

BWW Review: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, New Diorama Theatre by Gary Naylor

I confess to entering the theatre with a sense of foreboding. The legend of Orson Wells' The War of the Worlds has been done to death - the radio broadcast that createdpanic across the USA, …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BWW Review: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Phil Willmott's updating of An Enemy of the People could hardly be more timely, but falls a little flat for want of some attention to detail.

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Friday, January 4, 2019
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

BWW Review: RUMPELSTILTSKIN, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre by Gary Naylor

This Australian production of Rumpelstiltskin wanders as far from the original tale as Germany is from Down Under and some might say the same with regard to its distance traditional theatre-…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Laban Theatre by Gary Naylor

To the beautifully appointed Laban Theatre on the banks of Deptford Creek now a much sought after locale doncha know for Trinity Laban's Christmas show, Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol.

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2018 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best of Theatre by Gary Naylor

In 2018, I saw 101 productions ranging from black box theatres with more actors in the cast than punters in the stalls to huge productions at the Royal Opera House and London Coliseum.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

BWW Review: CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE, The Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Sometimes the smallest of spaces can tell the biggest of stories and that's the case with this perfectly judged adaptation of the much-loved fairytale.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

BWW Review: TIMON OF ATHENS, RSC Swan Theatre by Gary Naylor

Timon of Athens, at times a clunky collaboration and a clunkier mix of verse and prose, has much to say about how money corrupts and how spoiling adults is about as advisable as spoiling chi…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BWW Review: THE MESSIAH, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

The Messiah has charm and poignancy, but creaks under the weight of its 35 years, its brand of humour now dated by shows like The Play That Goes Wrong.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

BWW Review: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS, Wilton's Music Hall by Gary Naylor

Some spectacular special effects and a wonderful set are let down by a stodgy and confusing script.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

BWW Review: PLAID TIDINGS, Bridge House Theatre by Gary Naylor

Plaid Tidings is a show full of grand old Christmas songs delivered beautifully by four gifted vocalists.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BWW Review: BUTTONS: A CINDERELLA STORY, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

John Savournin and the Charles Court Opera gang are back with another panto packed with innovatory storytelling and great songs, wonderfully sung KingsHeadThtr ButtonsPanto charlescourt.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

BWW Review: AN HONOURABLE MAN, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

An Honourable Man is bold in its ambition and gets a lot of details right, but its excellent first half gives way to a theatrically disappointing conclusion.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

BWW Interview: Jasmine Pearce Talks RIFF Productions by Gary Naylor

BWW talks to Jasmine Pearce, the founder of Riff Productions, about her plans for the future.

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BWW Review: A HERO OF OUR TIME, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

This action packed adaptation brings Lermontov's 1840 novel into the 21st century with wit and no little elan.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

BWW Review: DIETRICH: NATURAL DUTY, Wilton's Music Hall by Gary Naylor

Peter Groom brings a legendary figure of 20th century culture to life in this affectionate and beautifully observed show.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

BWW Review: SIMON BOCCANEGRA, The Royal Opera House by Gary Naylor

A traditional production of Verdi's classic opera is beautiful and terrifying in equal measures.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

BWW Review: BRASS, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Brass brings the Great War's generation to life in a way that educates and entertains - real people emerging from the seemingly endless roll call of The Fallen.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

BWW Review: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, Omnibus Theatre by Gary Naylor

Creation Theatre update Poe's classic tale adding ballsy, badass attitude, but losing the fear and dread en route.

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BWW Review: YERMA, Cervantes Theatre by Gary Naylor

When you can see Lorca, you should - as this brilliantly realised production proves.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

BWW Review: SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE BOY, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Sweet Like Chocolate Boy tells the tales of Bounty and Mars, growing up black in different generations with different issues to address, the play grounded in the language and music of contem…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

BWW Review: SEXY LAUNDRY, Tabard Theatre by Gary Naylor

Sexy Laundry looks at middle class hopes and fears in a two handed comedy that must have felt a little old-fashioned when first staged in Canada in 2002.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

BWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, London Coliseum by Gary Naylor

Tragedy raw in tooth and claw in this revival of the ENO's 2008 production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

BWW Review: MANON, Milton Keynes Theatre by Gary Naylor

This revival of Kenneth MacMillan's Manon is a visual and aural delight that should melt the heart of even the most reluctant ballet sceptic.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

BWW Review: THE WILD DUCK, Almeida Theatre by Gary Naylor

Robert Icke's updating of The Wild Duck gains in contemporary relevance, but loses a little of its heart en route.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

BWW Review: QUIETLY, Omnibus Theatre by Gary Naylor

Quietly gives us two men, deep in middle age, looking back to the irreversible actions they took as 16 year-olds during The Troubles in an electrifying conversation.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

BWW Review: DRACULA, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Ross MacGregor's Dracula needs a transfusion of narrative pace if it is to achieve its considerable and laudable ambition.

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