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Friday, August 18, 2017

BWW Review: SALAD DAYS, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Salad Days is easy to dismiss is the lightest of light entertainment, but has plenty of political punch under its joyous exterior.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BWW Review: HANSEL & GRETEL AND THE WITCH BABA YAGA, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden by Gary Naylor

Director, Amy Draper, packs plenty into realising writer Daniel Winder's ambitious take on the Grimm fairytale, but the show needs to be edited back to two hours maximum running time to succ…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

BWW Review: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Cunning Little Vixen is a opera favourite but no less fascinating for that, especially in this innovative and engaging production.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BWW Review: WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN CONCERT, Cambridge Theatre by Gary Naylor

Long a star of Wicked, Willemijn Verkaik delivers a splendid one-off concert to her adoring fans.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF KIM K, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Marriage of Kim K is an innovative melding of musical genres, as three couples find life together more difficult than expected, their lives revealed in a very 21st century style.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts Theatre by Gary Naylor

I Loved Lucy returns to the West End with a change in tone, but retaining its charm and its pathos with another incandescent star performance from Sandra Dickinson.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BWW Review: POULENC'S LA VOIX HUMAINE, King's Place by Gary Naylor

La Voix Humaine, Poulenc's one act, one soprano opera based on a play by Jean Cocteau, is a visceral, demanding, rewarding evening, ferociously up to date in every sense.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BWW Review: KING KONG (A COMEDY), The Vaults by Gary Naylor

King Kong A Comedy tries a little too hard for laughs, but captures some of the pathos of its 1933 movie inspiration in a breathless 80 minutes show..

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Friday, June 30, 2017

BWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden by Gary Naylor

A Macbeth that stays true to the 17th century origin of the play, yet feels bang up to date with plenty for teenage fans of Game of Thrones and Shakespeare veterans to enjoy.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BWW Review: BLONDEL THE MUSICAL, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Blondel The Musical has elements of pantomime and elements of the real punch of musical theatre in a show that works well only intermittently.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

BWW Review: THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

These Tress Are Made Of Blood tells the story of Argentina's Dirty War using cabaret as a vehicle to describe the horrors and the politics that drove it.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

BWW Review: LA STRADA, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

La Strada, adapted from the Fellini movie is a play with music that captures the style and ethics of a classic movie, indeed the Neo-Realism style.

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BWW Review: VIXEN, The Vaults by Gary Naylor

Vixen updates Leos Janacek's opera for the victims of Generation Rent moving the action into the big city of 2017 with hi tech and great singing.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

BWW Review: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Annie Get Your Gun delivers wonderful, uncynical entertainment, the romance studded with some of the finest songs ever written for the theatre.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

BWW Review: JAM, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

Jam, Matt Parvin's first play, shows promise but cannot overcome its structural and narrative problems to deliver its full potential.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

BWW Review: THE MIKADO, Richmond Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Mikado is as much as ever in this all male version that showcases the great songs with some fine voices.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

FAVOURITE SONGS: 'Hello, Dolly!', HELLO, DOLLY! by Gary Naylor

Continuing our series of favourite musical theatre songs is Carol Channing's version of 'Hello, Dolly'

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

Othello's extraordinary tapestry of human vulnerabilities, brilliantly woven in Richard Twyman's brutal production, remains as relevant today as ever.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

BWW Review: TEETH 'N' SMILES, Stockwell Playhouse by Gary Naylor

Teeth 'n' Smiles is an early work by Sir David Hare, tracking a punk band's disastrous night playing Jesus College Cambridge's 1978 May Ball.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BWW Review: RICHARD III, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

Greg Hicks' Richard III twists and turns his evil until he's left with nobody to hate, screaming for a horse and escape.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

BWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre by Gary Naylor

110 In The Shade is both old-fashioned and bang up to date, full of pleasing songs, fine performances and a heartwarming message of love and hope.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BWW Review: OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS, Hampstead Theatre by Gary Naylor

Occupational Hazards portrays the chaos of post-Saddam Iraq through the eyes of Rory Stewart, who was there and who tried.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

BWW Review: COSMIC TRIGGER THE PLAY, Cockpit Theatre by Gary Naylor

Cosmic Trigger The Play is an exhilarating event that entertains and educates, full of fun but never losing the serious dimension to Robert Anton Wilson's work.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

BWW Review: VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Voices From Chernobyl reminds us of a largely forgotten disaster and the terrible human cost, a price still being paid today.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

BWW Review: HOME TRUTHS, The Bunker Theatre by Gary Naylor

Home Truths nine plays paint a picture of chaotic and cruel housing policies that have shafted the poor for decades with little sign of any change coming - and it's also funny, warm and clev…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

BWW Review: DIVINE CHAOS OF STARRY THINGS, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

Divine Chaos Of Starry Things is so concerned about the politics of revolution, colonialism and feminism that the stuff of drama is lost.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BWW Review: THE BRAILLE LEGACY, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Braille Legacy tells the story of Louis Braille's fight for his system that allowed blind people to read by touch - music good, but book and lyrics lack excitement.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Royal Court by Gary Naylor

Nuclear War comprises elements of drama, dance, mime and song to create a dystopian vision of an alienating present that seemed both overly familiar and hazily unfocused.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, The Royal Court by Gary Naylor

Nuclear War comprises elements of drama, dance, mime and song to create a dystopian vision of an alienating present that seemed both overly familiar and hazily unfocused.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

Whisper House comprises some lovely songs beautifully sung, but lacks the narrative drive one expects in musical theatre.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

BWW Review: 2 BECOME 1, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

It's back to the 90s at the King's Head for a show brimming with that decade's biggest hits sung wonderfully well.

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