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Sunday, March 24, 2019

BWW Interview: John Godber Talks SCARY BIKERS at Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

John Godber talks about his life in theatre and about his Brexit flavoured play, Scary Bikers, running at Trafalgar Studios in April.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

BWW Review: I IS A STRANGE LOOP, Barbican Pit by Gary Naylor

I Is A Strange Loop pits X against Y as the world described mathematically butts up against the world described theatrically - and they discover that each needs the other to be whole.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

BWW Review: OTHELLO, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Othello remains as relevant today as ever it were, Phil Willmott's adaptation setting it in the Raj of 1919, but it's as much in the White House and Palace of Westminster of 2019.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Review: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre by Gary Naylor

A bold and often beautifully staged production that makes women men and men women to throw light on the often brutal text. What emerges is plenty of new insight, but the nagging doubt persis…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

BWW Review: THE CROWN DUAL, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Crown Dual piles laughs upon laughs in a madcap parody of the Netflix show that you don't even need to have seen in order to enjoy this hilarious two-hander.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

BWW Review: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, The Vaults by Gary Naylor

The Faction's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's dazzling novel, The Talented Mr Ripley, goes back its roots to find a man as complicated, seductive and relevant as ever.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BWW Review: STRIKE UP THE BAND, Upstairs at the Gatehouse by Gary Naylor

The Gershwins' sublime music and lyrics rescue a show hamstrung by a confused and clumsy book and some very familiar characters.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BWW Interview: Philip Bretherton Talks TONY'S LAST TAPE at the Omnibus Theatre by Gary Naylor

Philip Bretherton talks about his role as Tony Benn in TONY'S LAST TAPE, revived at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre in April.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

BWW Review: THE PROJECT, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Project is set in an in-between space in history, not freedom, but not yet the death camps, but its fails to explore the possibilities that environment suggests, lost in too many words a…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

BWW Review: A LESSON FROM ALOES, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

Seen for the first time in 35 years, Athol Fugard's play loses none of its relevance as two men and one woman fall apart under the strain of living under the Apartheid regime.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Let's Dance International Frontiers 2019 Launches by Gary Naylor

Let's Dance International Frontiers - LDIF19 - launches on April 29th - International Dance Day - and focuses on diversity in dance by showcasing new work from emerging local talent and inte…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

BWW Review: TESSERACT, Barbican Theatre by Gary Naylor

An often beautiful, sometimes confusing, work that uses dance and technology to move from the rigid certainties of three dimensions into the threats and opportunities of the fourth.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN, Young Vic by Gary Naylor

Stephen Adly Guirgis's play is as relevant today as ever, its coruscating examination of the nature of American justice and religious redemption losing none of its power a generation on from…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: CHEATING DEATH, Cockpit Theatre by Gary Naylor

Cheating Death fails to solve the considerable problems of writing and staging farce in an ambitious show that falls well short of expectations.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BWW Review: THE PAPER MAN, Soho Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Paper Man starts off with the story of Austria's 1930s football hero Matthias Sindelar but swiftly dummies the Nazis and nutmegs for a narrative about the construction of narratives - an…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

BWW Review: CAN-CAN!, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Phil Willmott tries to rescue two shows with the plot of a third, but his show also never quite coheres, for all the energy expended by the hard-working cast.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

BWW Review: CARMEN, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

The King's Head pulls off another re-imagining of a classic opera that packs plenty of punch and is a joy for newbies and old hands alike.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BWW Review: RIP IT UP THE 60s, Garrick Theatre by Gary Naylor

Rip It Up The 60s is unabashed entertainment full of great songs, plenty of dancing and a handful of stars from Strictly.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, National Theatre by Gary Naylor

A wonderful version of The Winter's Tale that is made for young people but has plenty to say to those of us as old as Leontes and Polixenes.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BWW Review: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Barbican Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre brings its modern, surreal take on Chekhov's classic play to The Barbican, with a barb or two directed towards some familiar faces.

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BWW Interview: Ruth Mary Johnson Talks THE WINTER'S TALE at the National Theatre by Gary Naylor

BWW talks to Ruth Mary Johnson about her version of The Winter's Tale at the National Theatre and about her philosophy in making theatre works for young people.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

BWW Review: THE ORCHESTRA, Omnibus Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Orchestra digs into the hearts of the six women and one man stuck playing light classics in a hollowed out French spa town and finds bleak, Chekhovian humour in their plights.

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The LES MISERABLES Experience At The Queen's Theatre by Gary Naylor

Les Mis has been in London almost as long as I have - here's how we have grown old together.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

BWW Interview: Pippa Evans Talks SHOWSTOPPER! by Gary Naylor

Pippa Evans talks about the long-running Showstopper back in the West End and about her life in theatre.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

BWW Review: DANIELLE WALKER: BUSH RAT, Soho Theatre by Gary Naylor

Danielle Walker Bush Rat takes on the tricky task of examining a largely happy family for comic material and, aside from a few references to the strange ways of Outback Australia, inevitably…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BWW Review: KIERAN HODGSON: '75, Soho Theatre by Gary Naylor

Kieran Hodgson dissects the history of the UK's relationship with Europe in this funny, poignant and wonderfully well-informed show.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

BWW Review: VIOLET, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

What a strange thing is Violet - indeed, what a strange thing is Violet, our eponymous heroine. But more of that later.

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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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