Robert Gould

Robert Gould

      Robert Gould taught history and wrote history textbooks before beginning to write librettos and lyrics for musical theatre. With Christopher J. Orton, he has co-written the musicals “Based On A True Story” (a workshop production of which was presented at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2010), “My Land's Shore” (which received its world premiere production at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre, London in February 2017, garnering an Off West End Award nomination as Best New Musical), and “Grace Notes” (a finalist in the Leicester Square Theatre New Musical project in 2014). 

He also writes songs with Joe Sterling (including lyrics for the album "Somewhere In My Mind - the Songs of Joe Sterling") and  with Alex James Ellison (including songs for their EP, “Favourite Sins”). With composer Rob Eyles, he has written the musical “A Pebble For Aaron” (a finalist for the 2016 Stiles And Drewe Mentorship Award), and a musical based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, “The Wonderful  Musician” (which was work-shopped at the Arts Educational School in April 2017). Eyles and Gould staged a sell-out concert – “I Wasn’t Thinking At All” – at The Pheasantry in 2015 and their debut album “As Long As I Have Music” was released  in June 2016.  

An album of songs with Robert Gould’s lyrics, “Words Shared With Friends”, was nominated for a 2014 BroadwayWorld Album Award as Best Compilation Album.



Posted: Apr. 24, 2017

Finalists Announced for 15th Annual Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year CompetitionFinalists Announced for 2017 Welsh Young Singer of the Year Competition
Posted: Mar. 13, 2017

Review: Spend Spend Spend at the WatermillReview: Spend Spend Spend at the Watermill
July 21, 2009

Spend Spend Spend, a show that first hit the West End back in 1999 - with its tuneful score, hard-nosed but also raunchily humorous book and an emotional core that rings with human truth - is a much underrated gem of a musical. Now, in a newly forged 'actor-musician' production at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, the gem sparkles and shines even brighter.

"Sister Act, the Musical" makes Whoopi at the London Palladium
June 2, 2009

The opening number of Sister Act - the musical, which opened on June 2 at the London Palladium, is entitled ?Take Me To Heaven? - and that is precisely what this delightful new show does to its audience. It is divinely fresh, funny and fabulous.

Review: Only Men Aloud open their UK tour on a high
April 26, 2009

A single figure appears at the back of the stage. A single voice begins to sing a Barry Manilow classic - exquisitely, soon to be joined by the other members of BBC's Last Choir Standing winners 'Only Men Aloud' and suddenly 'One Voice' explodes into an huge wall of sound as stunning vocals advance upon the ears of the audience. This opening number set the tone for the rest of what turned out to be a fantastic evening in the first 'Only Men Aloud' UK national tour, which opened on April 26 at the Swansea Grand Theatre.

Review: The Thorn Birds, the musical - a tragic disaster in Swansea
April 22, 2009

The Thorn Birds - which began life as Colleen McCullough's multi-million copy best selling 1977 novel and went on to become one of the most successful TV mini-series of the 1980s - deals with the clash between passionate love and faithful duty to God. Anyone who finds the courage to go to see the new musical version by Ms. McCullough and German classical composer Gloria Bruni, currently in the early stages of its world premiere tour at the Swansea Grand Theatre, may well wonder that if God exists why would he allow such mindless nonsense to be presented to them.

Review: Jet Set Go! at the Jermyn Street Theatre
April 6, 2009

Anyone who has ever experienced the joys - or woes - of transatlantic flying may wish to fasten their seat belts and head off to see a new musical that takes its audience on a flight from London to New York and back again. That is precisely the theatrical experience created by Jet Set Go! (currently playing to capacity audiences at the Jermyn Street Theatre). This 'cabin crew musical' is a sheer delight from take-off to landing.

Review: Spring Awakening Transfers to the West End
April 6, 2009

In a time when the average musical theatre menu served in the West End consists of revived old musicals, bland and rather inconsequential new musicals or purely commercial vehicles with little originality of content and no original score - it is a breath of fresh air to have a musical theatre piece open at a West End house that is new, innovative, has a serious plot with layers of thought-provoking sub-text and also has an original, vibrant score. A breath of Spring air, in fact. The multi-Tony Award winning Spring Awakening, currently playing at the Novello Theatre (fresh from an 'out of town' triumph at the Lyric, Hammersmith) is one of the most exciting shows to hit the West End in years.

Masterton Says 'Hello, Jerry!' on March 22
March 22, 2009

On March 22nd, cabaret artiste Leanne Masterton will bring her acclaimed one woman tribute to Jerry Herman, Hello Jerry!, to the intimate Basement in London's Leicester Square Theatre. The revue was last seen in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre in September 2007.

Clwyd Theatre's musical Great Expectations Thrills
March 20, 2009

From the misty opening on the Essex marshes to the bittersweet denouement of Dickens' compelling story, Clwyd Theatr Cymru's new musical adaptation of Great Expectations charms, delights and grips its audience throughout. Faithfully yet innovatively adapted and directed by Tim Baker, cleverly enhanced by Mark Bailey's design and seamlessly woven together by a tuneful and atmospheric score of music and songs by Dyfan Jones, the production currently playing at Cardiff's Sherman Theatre during a nationwide tour is a truly thrilling theatrical experience.

Masterton Says 'Hello, Jerry!'  on March 22Masterton Says 'Hello, Jerry!' on March 22
March 6, 2009

On March 22nd, cabaret artiste Leanne Masterton will bring her acclaimed one woman tribute to Jerry Herman, Hello Jerry!, to the intimate Basement in London's Leicester Square Theatre. The revue was last seen in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre in September 2007.

'A Stage Kindly' showcase of new musicals in London'A Stage Kindly' showcase of new musicals in London
February 28, 2009

Following their sell-out debut performances last autumn, A Stage Kindly will present a new series of revues of new musical theatre writing at various venues in London and Brighton in March 2009. This new musical theatre initiative provides the opportunity for fresh new writing talent to introduce their work to the stage and gives musical theatre fans a chance to experience possible future hit shows before anyone else.

2009 Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer Of The Year
February 23, 2009

At the Swansea Grand Theatre on Saturday February 21, the title of 2009 Principality Building Society Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer Of The Year was awarded to Catherine Mort, a young singer from Swansea who is currently studying at the Guildford School of Acting. The result of the closely fought contest was announced by West End's The Sound Of Music star, Connie Fisher, who was herself the 2006 recipient of the award and who has generously given her time both this year and in 2008 to serve as one of the adjudicators for the contest. Also amongst the list of previous winners of the title are Craig Yates (now a member of BBC's Last Choir Standing winners Only Men Aloud), David Thaxton (the current Enjolras in London's Les Miserables) and Hayley Gallivan (who recently commenced playing the role of Martha in Spring Awakening at the Lyric, Hammersmith).

Sondheim's 'Saturday Night' at Jermyn Street
February 17, 2009

Hidden away in the tiny basement that is London's Jermyn Street Theatre is a new production of a relatively unknown gem of a show - Saturday Night - with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Casablanca screenwriters, Philip G. and Julius J. Epstein. And in the intimate theatrical world created for the piece by director Tom Littler the gem glistens and gleams with delight.

Spring Awakens at the Lyric Hammersmith
February 17, 2009

It is a rare thing in musical theatre that a show comes along that is vibrant, funny, touching, thought provoking, edgy, relevant, timeless and thoroughly entertaining. Spring Awakening is just that kind of rare thing. The Lyric, Hammersmith is the current home of the UK premiere production of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's smash hit multi-Tony-Award-winning musical, vividly recreated from his original New York staging by director Michael Mayer.

West End musicals 2008: The Year of Musical Non-thinking
January 4, 2009

In a year when new musical theatre productions in London consisted of juke box transfers, classic revivals, whimsical adventure stories and majestic failures, one might be forgiven for thinking that the age of great new musicals exists merely in days of Auld Lang Syne. So let's pause and think back over the year's musical fayre.

Brand New West End Dawn for SUNSET BOULEVARD
December 18, 2008

First there was the classic, stylish Billy Wilder Hollywood 'film noire'; then there was the highly melodic but perhaps slightly overblown Trevor Nunn staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical; now there is the darkly stylish Craig Revel Horwood staging of the Lloyd Webber musical, transferring from a sell-out run at the Watermill Theatre, bringing Sunset Boulevard back to the West End.

Manilow Musical Smiles in Bristol
September 23, 2008

Yet another 'juke-box musical' with a whimsical plot written around a collection of well known hit songs would appear on the surface to be a nightmare theatrical scenario. But Bill Kenwright's production of Can't Smile Without You currently playing at the Bristol Hippodrome during the early stages of its UK tour turns out to be a very pleasant and hugely enjoyable surprise. The enjoyment is due partly to the fact that the hit songs are by Barry Manilow - a vintage songwriter whose melodies always soar and touch the right emotional buttons - and partly due to some knock-out performances by an immensely talented cast.

Review: 365 at the Lyric, Hammersmith
September 16, 2008

David Harrower's play, 365, currently being staged by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith following a successful run at this year's Edinburgh International Festival, is a quite stunning piece of theatre that examines the experiences of a disparate group of 'care-leavers' as they embark upon the frightening first steps to independence and adulthood.

Fringe Hit 'Jet Set Go' Heads to LondonFringe Hit 'Jet Set Go' Heads to London
August 29, 2008

'Jet Set Go!', the cabin crew musical that delighted audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe between August 2 and 24, is ready to take off for London. This highly entertaining new musical, with book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music by Pippa Cleary will enjoy a short run at Theatre 503 from Tuesday September 2 until Saturday September 6.

Take Note of Fringe 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'
August 21, 2008

The Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts musical revue, 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change', is a smash hit Off Broadway show which in July 2008 ended a 12 year run of over 5,000 performances at New York's Westside Theatre. In August 2008 Edinburgh's Fringe fans have been flocking to Take Note Theatre's production at George Square. And it's not hard to see why. It's a great production of a great show.

'Only The Brave' Fails to Thrill in Edinburgh
August 22, 2008

'Only the brave die young' claims a lyric line in the title song of the over-hyped and under achieving musical 'Only The Brave' playing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you are a discerning fan of serious musical theatre then perhaps a more apt phrase would be 'only the brave should come'.