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

The Spitfire Grill Sizzles in Edinburgh
August 25, 2008

An elite group of graduate students from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama have been serving up a delicious musical theatre menu at the Edinburgh Fringe for the past three weeks with Sally Rapier's atmospheric and tightly knit UK premiere production of The Off-Broadway musical 'The Spitfire Grill'.

Jet, Set Go! Flies High at the Fringe
August 17, 2008

Currently taking off at the Edinburgh Fringe's intimate George Square 2 venue is a new British musical, Jet, Set Go! by Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger, directed by Luke Sheppard. For 75 minutes audiences are treated to a hugely enjoyable feast of humour and catchy tunes as this 'cabin crew musical' takes them on a return flight between London Heathrow and JFK New York, spying on the lives of the aircraft's crew both during the flights and on their brief stay in the Big Apple.

Hawkes, Dillon and Jackson Head Cast of West End Manilow MusicalHawkes, Dillon and Jackson Head Cast of West End Manilow Musical
July 31, 2008

The magic of Manilow is about to hit the stage across the UK with Bill Kenwright's production of the new musical Can't Smile Without You. Joining pop/rock singer-songwriter Chesney Hawkes in the show's leading roles will be BBC's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria finalist Siobhan Dillon and I'd Do Anything contestant Francesca Jackson.

Connie in They're Playing Our Song at the MenierConnie in They're Playing Our Song at the Menier
July 25, 2008

Connie Fisher makes a welcome return to the stage this week as she begins previews in the Marvin Hamlish/Carole Bayer Sager/Neil Simon musical They're Playing Our Song at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Previews of the show, which will be directed by Fiona Laird, begin on July 25 prior to an August 4 opening. The production will run till September 28.

Startling 'Sunset Boulevard' at the Watermill
July 17, 2008

From the moment the cast of twelve actor/musicians step out onto Diego Pitarch's atmospheric set, which draws its focus from a central black spiral staircase, and begin to play the strains of Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting musical prologue for Sunset Boulevard, the audience at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury are drawn into a dark, yet richly evocative world that captivates the mind and thrills the senses throughout.

Review: 'Marguerite', an almost great musicalReview: 'Marguerite', an almost great musical
June 25, 2008

Marguerite, the new musical currently playing at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket, has most of the ingredients required to make a great show - stunning music, a wonderfully inventive set, a very strong story that should stir the emotions of an audience, a stellar cast led by performers of genuine star quality and a creative team whose previous track record proves they know how to create a hit. But somehow the result is slightly unsatisfying.

BBC's 'I'd Do Anything' Off To A Great Start
April 1, 2008

Reality TV merged with Musical Theatre again this weekend as presenter Graham Norton reunited with the 'Phantom Lord' Webber in BBC's I'd Do Anything, which aims to cast the roles of Oliver and Nancy for the upcoming Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Following in the footsteps of previous searches, which earned Connie Fisher and Lee Meade leading roles in The Sound Of Music and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, twelve potential Nancys sang their hearts out in a bid to gain the votes of the viewing public.

Connie Fisher's St. David's Day Return to Wales
March 3, 2008

West End Sound of Music star Connie Fisher swapped her nun's wimple for an adjudicator's hat at the Grand Theatre, Swansea on Saturday March 1st as a member of the adjudicating panel for the 2008 Welsh Young Musical Theatre Singer of the Year contest. During the evening Connie also made a welcome return to the stage where she was herself the 2006 winner of the contest before going on to earn stardom as the winner of the BBC's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria talent show. After being greeted by rapturous applause from the audience in her native Wales, she treated the crowd to a rendition of Cole Porter's classic tongue twister, 'The Physician' (first sung by Gertrude Lawrence in Nymph Errant in 1933). Then she returned to the score of The Sound of Music to sing 'Edelweiss', accompanied by the Dunvant Male Choir, before completing her short programme with a virtuoso rendition of Charles Strouse and Richard Maltby's 'Everybody Wants To Do A Musical' - a song from the musical Nick and Nora she had performed on the same stage the night she became the Welsh Young Musical Theatre Singer of the year two years ago.

Ruffelle Heads London Cast of Finn's 'Make Me a Song'
January 30, 2008

London's Player's Theatre will play host in March to the UK premiere of the recent Off-Broadway show, Make Me a Song - a 'songfest' of numbers from the inspirational pen of Tony Award winning composer/lyricist, William Finn.

'Rent' Remixed at the Duke of York's
October 16, 2007

When Jonathon Larson conceived his ground-breaking musical Rent, he set out to create a serious piece of musical theatre with a rock score. Director William Baker and musical supervisor Steve Anderson have decided to 'remix' what has become a revered rock cult classic musical rather than re-hash the Broadway and previous West End productions. Unfortunately, despite some quite lavish new orchestrations and some great vocal performances, it does not totally work.

West End Rent's Joanne: Francesca Jackson
September 30, 2007

In a exclusive, hot budding star Francesca Jackson, set to play lesbian lawyer Joanne opposite Denise van Outen's Maureen in the upcoming West End 'Remix' of Rent, talks to Robert Gould about her career and her role in the Jonathon Larsen musical.

"Aspects Of Love" in Cardiff
September 27, 2007

The current UK tour production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart/Don Black musical, Aspects Of Love, graces the stage of Cardiff's New Theatre this week on its way to 15 other venues, ending at Nottingham on March 22, 2008. On the evidence of the Cardiff staging, director Nikolai Foster, aided by a stark and stunningly atmospheric set designed by Rob Jones, has succeeded in breathing new life into this 1980 show, which boasts what is perhaps Lord Lloyd Webber's most romantic score.

'When Midnight Strikes' at the Finborough Theatre
September 27, 2007

The old millennium is in its dying moments and the new millennium is about to begin as a group of friends, lovers and ex-lovers gather in a Manhattan loft apartment on New Year's Eve. As the plot develops, relationships and friendships also witness their dying moments while others develop new beginnings as past mistakes collide with new resolutions. Add to this a bright, tuneful and witty score by composer Charles Miller and librettist/lyricist, Kevin Hammonds and you have the ingredients for a highly enjoyable musical - which is precisely what is currently on the menu at the London fringe venue, the Finborough Theatre (until September 29).When Midnight Strikes, cleverly directed in the theatre?s tiny but highly atmospheric space by Fenton Gray, is a sheer delight.

There's a 'Parade' in Town at the Donmar
September 25, 2007

Nine years after its Broadway premiere at Lincoln Centre's Vivian Beaumont theatre, the Jason Robert Brown/Alfred Uhry musical Parade finally made its way to the London stage on September 24 when it opened at the Donmar Warehouse. It has been eagerly anticipated by musical theatre afficionados in the UK and Rob Ashford's production, with a slightly revised and improved score, does not disappoint.

'Hello, Jerry' at the Prince Edward
September 25, 2007

The Prince Edward theatre, currently the home of 'Mary Poppins', witnessed another piece of magic on Sunday 23 September, when it became the venue for a star-studded gala tribute to legendary Broadway lyricist/tunesmith, Jerry Herman - a show scheduled to be aired on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night just before Christmas. From the moment the BBC concert orchestra conducted by Larry Blank and the highly accomplished chorus of Capital Voices launched into Herman's blockbuster, 'Tap Your Troubles Away' (from 'Mack and Mable') the audience knew they were in for a rare treat of musical theatre showstoppers. And for the next 2 hours the cast of John Barrowman, Maria Friedman, Debbie Gravitte and Clarke Peters never failed to deliver.

Musical 'Flight' at the Menier Comes in to Land
September 25, 2007

On Saturday September 22 the curtain came down on the last performance of the world premiere of the Maltby/Shire/Weidman musical, 'Take Flight', at the Menier Chocolate Factory - just proverbially of course, as the beautifully intimate space created by set designer David Farley dispensed with the use of a curtain. Instead the audience were drawn into a world on an open sand-strewn playing area that from the first moments captivated them in a triangular storyline concerning the trials and tribulations of the Wright Brothers' premiere flight as well as the lives of two other pioneers of aviation - Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

Stockard Channing Re-Awakens Odets' Classic
September 21, 2007

The awakening of members of a Jewish family in 1930s New York serves to represent the awakening of the American nation to a world of social change in Clifford Odets' ground-breaking drama, 'Awake and Sing'. Michael Attenborough's revival at the Almeida theatre recreates the atmosphere of this classic American drama with a vivid sense of panache and punch.

New Musical 'Imagine This' in Plymouth Lacks Imagination
July 23, 2007

Often musicals or plays that deal with highly emotive subjects can be accused of taking themselves too seriously and run the risk of becoming pretentious. The problem with the new musical 'Imagine This' is that it perhaps does not take itself seriously enough. Set in the Warsaw Ghetto during the winter of 1942, where a group of Jewish actors attempt to perform a musical play about the last stand of the Jewish Zealots at Masada in 70 A.D., it has the potential to be a genuinely powerful piece of musical theatre. But the world premiere production at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth fails to achieve that potential.

A Spellbinding "Martin Guerre" at the Watermill
July 21, 2007

From the second that the new Watermill theatre production of 'Martin Guerre' begins through to its final chilling note, the audience is totally captivated in the atmosphere of a spine-tingling dramatic and musical world that represents all that is best in musical theatre. In the Watermill's intimate space - with the aid of Diego Pitarch's highly effective set, Richard G. Jones's evocative and atmospheric lighting and Sarah Travis's beautifully crafted orchestrations - a group of 12 talented actor-musicians under the masterful direction of Craig Revel Horwood succeed in not only telling a story that tears everyone's emotions apart but also in creating a musical sound that is quite beautiful throughout.

Amazing Joseph Revival at the Adelphi
July 18, 2007

After so many previous West End stagings and numerous UK touring productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat', one could be forgiven for being sceptical about yet another presentation at the Adelphi. But somehow this production succeeds in making the piece seem fresh and new. At every turn there is a huge amount of energy and vitality pouring out from the stage. And there is the added bonus of a brand new song for the Pharoah - 'King Of My Heart' - a tuneful pastiche ballad by Rice and Lloyd Webber that you could easily imagine having been sung by the 'King' himself.