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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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Sunday, April 9, 2017

BWW Review: MACBETH, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Macbeth's grim pursuit of power, with his Lady prompting and then agonising in the background, is brought to life in this low budget, committed production.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

BWW Review: HONK!, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Honk is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with an important message about bullying gently sugar-coated with musical numbers and light comedy.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

BWW Review: THE MUTANT MAN, The Space Arts Centre by Gary Naylor

The Mutant Man is a fractured, multi-layered telling of a true story of a man who was born as a woman and how his treatment at the hands of an exploitative, unenlightened society led to trag…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

BWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark Playouse by Gary Naylor

The Life is the story of two women living in New York in the 70s, one keen to get out of the sex workers' life, the other keen to get on, told through wonderful songs, beautifully sung.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BWW Review: ADAM & EVE... AND STEVE, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

Adam amp Eve... and Steve has a bit of panto, a bit of the Edinburgh FRinge and a whole lot of great songs, but not quite the musical chops to reach its full potential.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Wipers Times tells the story of an underground magazine, written on the Western Front by soldiers for soldiers, the articles packed with good humour and a touch of irreverence.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16 by Gary Naylor

Philip Ridley's dystopian nightmare has moments of poetry and humour but is ultimately just too relentlessly grim and must be endured rather than enjoyed.

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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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