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Monday, March 20, 2017

BWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose Theatre by Gary Naylor

Naples is brought to London, as we track the extraordinary lives of Lila and Lenu in an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that overreaches itself.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

BWW Review: THREESOME, UNION Theatre by Gary Naylor

Threesome is often crude, sometimes boldly empowering and occasionally shows a glimpse of something more sophisticated emerging, but ultimately falls a little short on laughs.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

BWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican Theatre by Gary Naylor

Extraordinary, astonishing, unmissable five star production that brings three of Shakespeare's plays up to date in an electrifying production that should not be missed.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

BWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance Theatre by Gary Naylor

After Party sees tensions, long since buried, bubble to the surface, as one of the old gang returns from prison to settle old scores and reclaim what he believes to be his.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric Hammersmith by Gary Naylor

Seventeen captures a cathartic moment in young people's lives - the last day at school - but does not reach its potential due to a largely lacklustre script.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar Warehouse by Gary Naylor

Limehouse focuses on the events concerning the founding of the Social Democratic Party the SDP and the drafting of the Limehouse Declaration that led to it. Many, many parallels with today's…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

BWW Review: OVERTRUE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome by Gary Naylor

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

BWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST Theatre by Gary Naylor

Wisdom of a Fool resurrects the much loved Norman Wisdom in Jack Lane's respectful and entertaining show that charts his rags-to-riches story.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

BWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Handbagged imagines what was said by Mrs Thatcher and The Queen in their weekly meetings to hilarious effect in Moira Buffini's award-winning satire.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BWW Review: YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

Three short plays introduce the writing of BS Johnson, a revered man of English letters whose influence resonates through the last 50 years.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

BWW Review: IONESCO - DINNER AT THE SMITHS', The Latvian House by Gary Naylor

Ionesco's absurd theatre brought to life in a handsome production that is full of wit and humour, but never loses its avant garde character.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

BWW Review: SWIFTIES, Theatre N16 by Gary Naylor

Swifties examines the obsessive nature of fandom, as dress-up and role play turns into something much more sinister in this reinvention of Jean Genet's The Maids.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BWW Review: HAMLET, Almeida Theatre by Gary Naylor

Hamlet anew in this technology infused but oh so human production of Shakespeare's great tragedy in which Andrew Scott gives us a warm, flawed, and eventually mad Prince.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

BWW Review: FLEW THE COOP, New Diorama Tristan Bates Theatre by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor sees an energetic, loud and often charming tale of love in a wartime POW Camp.

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

The Cherry Orchard retains its power to reach across decades and tell us harsh truths about a changing world.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Sorrows of Satan delights from beginning to end, packing in witty songs, wonderful performances and a laughs per minute ratio as high as any in the West End.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

The Wild Party is plenty wild enough, but its overly ambitious book and parade of cookie-cutter characters means that it never lands a knockout punch - or song.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Why Are Women Still Shortchanged In Theatre? by Gary Naylor

Has theatre come to terms with 21st century women Or are female characters too frequently there to help the men drive the plot from curtain to curtain

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

BWW Review: LA RONDE, The Bunker by Gary Naylor

Max Gill's clever adaptation of this classic play brings it right up to date, into the world of Tinder and Grindr and fluid sexual identities.

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BWW Review: VENTOUX, Vault Festival by Gary Naylor

Ventoux captures two very different men going mano a mano against each other, against the Tour de France's most fearsome mountain and, ultimately, against history's insistence that they pay …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

BWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Intense and focused, this adaptation of Dostoyevsky's celebrated novel ratchets up the tension without losing the material's intellectual heft.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BWW Review: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Anyone Can Whistle is a rare combination of a well-deserved flop and a must-see show. Swallow the myriad flaws, and its an entertaining, sharp and eerily prophetic show.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

BWW Review: MY LAND'S SHORE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre by Gary Naylor

The show has bags of potential, passion to burn and excellent singing, but is let down by a pedestrian book and sprawling subplots.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BWW Review: NEWSIES THE BROADWAY MUSICAL, Selected cinemas, 19 February only by Gary Naylor

This one-off cinema presentation is a great way to see Newsies The Broadway Musical and get a feel for what it's like to be in a big New York audience.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BWW Review: RUN THE BEAST DOWN, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

Run The Beast Down creates a world collapsing psychologically and socially as the foxes, real and metaphorical, close in on Charlie.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

BWW Review: SCHOOL PLAY, Southwark Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Contemporary and hard-hitting, Alex MacKeith's debut, School Play, doesn't quite add up to the some of its parts.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Sweeney Todd in New York: How Rachel Edwards Brought Her Show To Town by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor traces five years in which a show playing to 32 customers in a rundown shop on a back street in distant district of South London made it first to the West End and now to New York.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

BWW Review: SALOME, Hoxton Hall by Gary Naylor

Impressively designed in a wonderful space, Theatre Lab Company's Salome isn't quite compelling enough as entertainment nor thought-provoking enough as polemic.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S FANTASTIC MR FOX, Lyric Hammersmith by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor sees a new adaptation of an old favourite that hits the mark with broad appeal, plenty of laughs and fine songs.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BWW Review: YEARS OF SUNLIGHT, Theatre 503 by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor sees a play that examines the failures of the social experiment of Skelmersdale, a 60s council mega estate stuck between Liverpool and Wigan

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