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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

BWW Review: SS MENDI: DANCING THE DEATH DRILL, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House by Gary Naylor

Isango Ensemble's SS Mendi Dancing the Death Drill is a sad lament for needlessly lost lives and a celebration of the cultures from which the men had sprung. And it's ever so emotional.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

BWW Review: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE!, Pleasance Theatre by Gary Naylor

Night of the Living Dead Live pays homage to its inspiration, the George A. Romero cult classic movie, while generating laughs and shocks aplenty

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

BWW Interview: Mike Bodie and Mari McGinlay Talk NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! at Pleasance London by Gary Naylor

Mike Bodie and Mari McGinlay talk about the comedyhorror play, Night of the Living Dead LIVE and their roles in this movie homage.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

BWW Review: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, Cadogan Hall by Gary Naylor

There are many Beatles shows around the world, but few will be as successful as this one, the orchestral arrangements complementing the accomplished band up front.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

BWW Review: A MAN OF GOOD HOPE, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House by Gary Naylor

Isango Ensemble bring their unique storytelling skills to show us the life of a Somali boy, alone and running away to a place that barely differs from the hell he leaves behind.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

BWW Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, Upstairs at The Gatehouse by Gary Naylor

The Marvelous Wonderettes is a jukebox musical that does exactly what it says on the tin - the four singers vocally splendid in front of a fine band.

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Back to School: The National Theatre's Creative Choices Programme by Gary Naylor

BWW's Chief London Reviewer spent a morning at the National Theatre with 12-14 year olds finding out about how studying STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects can hel…

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BWW Review: QUEEN OF THE MIST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Queen of the Mist is a curious musical about the nearly forgotten woman who was first to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and who lived to tell her story - the problem was that few wanted t…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

BWW Review: THE NOISES, The Old Red Lion Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Noises traps us in a room with Luna, as she tells us her story from puppy to dog bodyguard while the world disintegrates outside. Her journey is one faced by many neglected kids - a key …

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

BWW Review: SCARY BIKERS, Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

John Godber's Brexity flavoured two-hander examines loneliness in late middle-age with warmth, humour and no little insight - a gem.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

BWW Review: BED PEACE: THE BATTLE OF YOHN & JOKO, Cockpit Theatre by Gary Naylor

Recreating the political tensions that swirled around John and Yoko's Bed-In protest of 50 years ago, this play with music strives for a radical approach to its material, but forgets some th…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

BWW Review: BERENICE, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House by Gary Naylor

Berenice is something of a forgotten delight, its tortuous plotting more than offset by its splendid arias and delightful characters, with plenty of contemporary resonance on hand if you nee…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

BWW Review: THE WHITE CROW by Gary Naylor

The White Crow focuses on Rudolf Nureyev's life from birth until his sensational defection at the age of 23.

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BWW Review: WOLFIE, Theatre503 by Gary Naylor

Wolfie glows with the energy and hope of youth, even as it paints a grim picture of a world stacked against it by the alienating forces of a society retreating from its obligations to its ch…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

BWW Interview: John Godber Talks SCARY BIKERS at Trafalgar Studios by Gary Naylor

John Godber talks about his life in theatre and about his Brexit flavoured play, Scary Bikers, running at Trafalgar Studios in April.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

BWW Review: I IS A STRANGE LOOP, Barbican Pit by Gary Naylor

I Is A Strange Loop pits X against Y as the world described mathematically butts up against the world described theatrically - and they discover that each needs the other to be whole.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

BWW Review: OTHELLO, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Othello remains as relevant today as ever it were, Phil Willmott's adaptation setting it in the Raj of 1919, but it's as much in the White House and Palace of Westminster of 2019.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Review: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre by Gary Naylor

A bold and often beautifully staged production that makes women men and men women to throw light on the often brutal text. What emerges is plenty of new insight, but the nagging doubt persis…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

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

The Crown Dual piles laughs upon laughs in a madcap parody of the Netflix show that you don't even need to have seen in order to enjoy this hilarious two-hander.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

BWW Review: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, The Vaults by Gary Naylor

The Faction's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's dazzling novel, The Talented Mr Ripley, goes back its roots to find a man as complicated, seductive and relevant as ever.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BWW Review: STRIKE UP THE BAND, Upstairs at the Gatehouse by Gary Naylor

The Gershwins' sublime music and lyrics rescue a show hamstrung by a confused and clumsy book and some very familiar characters.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BWW Interview: Philip Bretherton Talks TONY'S LAST TAPE at the Omnibus Theatre by Gary Naylor

Philip Bretherton talks about his role as Tony Benn in TONY'S LAST TAPE, revived at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre in April.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

BWW Review: THE PROJECT, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Project is set in an in-between space in history, not freedom, but not yet the death camps, but its fails to explore the possibilities that environment suggests, lost in too many words a…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

BWW Review: A LESSON FROM ALOES, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

Seen for the first time in 35 years, Athol Fugard's play loses none of its relevance as two men and one woman fall apart under the strain of living under the Apartheid regime.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Let's Dance International Frontiers 2019 Launches by Gary Naylor

Let's Dance International Frontiers - LDIF19 - launches on April 29th - International Dance Day - and focuses on diversity in dance by showcasing new work from emerging local talent and inte…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

BWW Review: TESSERACT, Barbican Theatre by Gary Naylor

An often beautiful, sometimes confusing, work that uses dance and technology to move from the rigid certainties of three dimensions into the threats and opportunities of the fourth.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN, Young Vic by Gary Naylor

Stephen Adly Guirgis's play is as relevant today as ever, its coruscating examination of the nature of American justice and religious redemption losing none of its power a generation on from…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: CHEATING DEATH, Cockpit Theatre by Gary Naylor

Cheating Death fails to solve the considerable problems of writing and staging farce in an ambitious show that falls well short of expectations.

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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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