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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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Friday, April 13, 2018

BWW Review: BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, East End Film Festival by Gary Naylor

Amongst the explosion of interest in Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sara Driver's film locates his emerging genius in a beautifully rendered time and place - late 70s New York City.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

BWW Review: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

A powerful, perhaps even necessary, play that doesn't always succeed dramatically but can be forgiven for the boldness of its narrative and unflinching take on a divided city in a divided na…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

BWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Once again, a fine production from Arrows amp Traps theatre that reminds me, were it necessary, that if you can see Chekhov, you should.

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

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera delivered with the emphasis on the comic and more than a nod to the realities of 2018 sensibilities.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BWW Review: SONGS FOR NOBODIES, Wilton's Music Hall by Gary Naylor

A sensational Bernadette Robinson brings five 'nobodies' and five superstars to life in a series of monologues with music that explore human fallibility with wit and wisdom to spare.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

BWW Review: THE LADY WITH A DOG, Tabard Theatre by Gary Naylor

A splendid production that shifts the action from Chekhov's original short story into 1920s Britain to add layers of meaning and depth to both the themes and characters - fringe theatre at i…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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

Phil Willmott's The Cherry Orchard picks up Chekhov's action and moves it forward a decade or so to 1917, when the balance of power in Russia was tilted rather differently.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

BWW Review: FACES IN THE CROWD, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

Claustrophobic play about two ill-suited spouses re-united for pragmatic reasons and working through their pain from ten years ago - a gruelling watch.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BWW Review: ARA MALIKIAN - THE INCREDIBLE VIOLIN, Barbican Hall by Gary Naylor

Ara Malikian showcases his talents with an eclectic mix of music spiced with showmanship and stories, with a twist in the tail.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

BWW Review: SUMMER AND SMOKE, Almeida Theatre by Gary Naylor

Bold re-imagining of an early Tennessee Williams play that gives its themes a universality in a uniquely theatrical experience.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

BWW Review: PIPPIN, Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Technical shortcomings and an incoherent book overpower a show with a fine pedigree and good tunes.

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BWW Review: THE GAME OF LOVE & CHAI, Tara Arts Theatre by Gary Naylor

Classic French farce gets a Bollywood makeover for the 21st century in Nigel Planer's enjoyable adaptation of Marivaux's comedy.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BWW Review: MACBETH, Wilton's Music Hall by Gary Naylor

Macbeth delivered by dancers in a unique space, beautifully lit, creating an electrifying theatrical experience.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BWW Review: A PRINCESS UNDONE, Park Theatre by Gary Naylor

Princess Margaret brought to life by Felicity Dean in a production that promises more than it delivers about a tragic figure born a generation too early to change the Royal Family.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Ambition not quite matched by execution in an all-female production of The Tempest, one of fringe theatre's more challenging plays to get right.

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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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