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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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Friday, January 11, 2019

BWW Review: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, New Diorama Theatre by Gary Naylor

I confess to entering the theatre with a sense of foreboding. The legend of Orson Wells' The War of the Worlds has been done to death - the radio broadcast that createdpanic across the USA, …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BWW Review: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Phil Willmott's updating of An Enemy of the People could hardly be more timely, but falls a little flat for want of some attention to detail.

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Friday, January 4, 2019
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

BWW Review: RUMPELSTILTSKIN, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre by Gary Naylor

This Australian production of Rumpelstiltskin wanders as far from the original tale as Germany is from Down Under and some might say the same with regard to its distance traditional theatre-…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Laban Theatre by Gary Naylor

To the beautifully appointed Laban Theatre on the banks of Deptford Creek now a much sought after locale doncha know for Trinity Laban's Christmas show, Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol.

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2018 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best of Theatre by Gary Naylor

In 2018, I saw 101 productions ranging from black box theatres with more actors in the cast than punters in the stalls to huge productions at the Royal Opera House and London Coliseum.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

BWW Review: CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE, The Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Sometimes the smallest of spaces can tell the biggest of stories and that's the case with this perfectly judged adaptation of the much-loved fairytale.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

BWW Review: TIMON OF ATHENS, RSC Swan Theatre by Gary Naylor

Timon of Athens, at times a clunky collaboration and a clunkier mix of verse and prose, has much to say about how money corrupts and how spoiling adults is about as advisable as spoiling chi…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BWW Review: THE MESSIAH, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

The Messiah has charm and poignancy, but creaks under the weight of its 35 years, its brand of humour now dated by shows like The Play That Goes Wrong.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

BWW Review: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS, Wilton's Music Hall by Gary Naylor

Some spectacular special effects and a wonderful set are let down by a stodgy and confusing script.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

BWW Review: PLAID TIDINGS, Bridge House Theatre by Gary Naylor

Plaid Tidings is a show full of grand old Christmas songs delivered beautifully by four gifted vocalists.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BWW Review: BUTTONS: A CINDERELLA STORY, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

John Savournin and the Charles Court Opera gang are back with another panto packed with innovatory storytelling and great songs, wonderfully sung KingsHeadThtr ButtonsPanto charlescourt.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

BWW Review: AN HONOURABLE MAN, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

An Honourable Man is bold in its ambition and gets a lot of details right, but its excellent first half gives way to a theatrically disappointing conclusion.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

BWW Interview: Jasmine Pearce Talks RIFF Productions by Gary Naylor

BWW talks to Jasmine Pearce, the founder of Riff Productions, about her plans for the future.

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