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.




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July 14, 2007

Gary Griffin - fresh from the success of his recent Broadway production, 'The Color Purple' - has returned to London (where his Donmar Warehouse production of Sondheim's 'Pacific Overtures' won him a richly deserved Olivier Award in 2003) to present a revival of the 1950s musical, 'Kismet' at the London Coliseum for the ENO. The show, originally staged at the Ziegfield theatre in New York in 1953, has music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from musical themes by Borodin. The original book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis has been reworked by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Griffin's colourful, energetic and beautifully paced production, magnificently complemented by the set design by Ultz and Wolfgang Gobbel's lighting design, breathes new life into a classic.

"LOTR" - Musical Spectacle, Not Spectacular Musical
July 13, 2007

During the last twenty years or so the 'epic' musical has become a major element in mainstream musical theatre. Now the stage of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane witnesses what could almost be described as the epic to dwarf all epics. Following in the wake of the award winning box office smash film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels that have engrossed generations of readers, Matthew Warchus's staging of 'The Lord Of The Rings - the musical' seems set to pack in the crowds.

Maltby and Shire Show Will Take Off at the Menier
May 15, 2007

Following its staging of the UK premieres of musicals 'Tick, Tick Boom' in 2005 and 'The Last Five Years' in 2006, the Menier Chocolate Factory will go one better this summer by staging the World Premiere of the new Maltby and Shire musical, 'Take Flight' from July 25 to September 22 (previewing from July 13). The Menier will hope to repeat the success of its other 2005 musical production, 'Sunday In the Park With George', as 'Take Flight' reunites the artistic team that presented the award winning Sondheim revival - director Sam Buntrock and designer David Farley.

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Australian-born actor/singer Andrew Bevis will play the title role of Martin Guerre in Craig Revel-Horwood's re-invention of the Boublil and Schonberg musical at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury from July 11 to September 1. Having begun his career as a musician and musical director, Bevis first gained attention down under as a musical theatre performer when he was cast in a revival of 'Hello Dolly', playing alongside Warren Mitchell and the grande dame of Australian musical theatre, Jill Perryman. In the West End he played star-crossed lover Romeo in the ill-fated Gerard Presgurvic/Don Black musical 'Romeo and Juliet', Marius in 'Les Miserables' and wowed audiences as the 'chick with a dick' in 'Jerry Springer, the Opera'.

Look, it's Martin Guerre at the Watermill
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This summer the Watermill Theatre in Newbury will revisit the Boublil/Schonberg musical, 'Martin Guerre', which will play from July 11 to September 1. The show will be directed by Craig Revel-Horwood, who was at the helm of last summer's critically acclaimed staging of 'The Hot Mikado' in Newbury. Musical direction will be handled by Tony award winner, Sarah Travis, who - along with former Watermill guru, John Doyle - pioneered the actor/singer/musician style of musical theatre at the Watermill, notably with the production of Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd', which eventually found its way to Broadway in 2005.

'Equus' Gallops Back Into the West End
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Peter Shaffer's 1973 play, 'Equus', a thoroughly absorbing and gripping psychological drama, rears its head once more in the West End in Thea Sharrock's revival at the Gielgud theatre. And the play has lost none of its power and ability to challenge the mind and shock the senses.

"Some Like It Hot" Steams Back to the West End this Autumn
February 25, 2007

A revival of the Jule Styne/Bob Merrill musical 'Some Like It Hot' is confirmed to hit the West End in autumn 2007. The show will be produced by Paul Coxwell and directed by Jerry Zaks, whose impressive Broadway track record includes productions as diverse as 'La Cage Aux Folles', 'Little Shop of Horrors', 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', 'Smokey Joe's Caf', 'Guys and Dolls' and 'The Front Page'.

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Bill Condon's celluloid reworking of Michael Bennett's 1982 Broadway musical 'Dreamgirls' finally hits UK screens this week. Having already achieved huge box-office success Stateside and steadily creating Oscar award buzz, expectations run high for this showbiz drama based loosely on the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Songs For A New World Delights the Old World in Freiburg
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Thursday January 18 saw the premiere of Jason Robert Brown's 'Songs For A New World' by the Young Opera Company at the E-Werk theatre in Freiburg, Germany. On an opening night when a raging storm ravaged the German countryside, the cast of Martina Muhlpointer, Miriam Lotz, Tobias Weis and Kit Orton raised their own on stage storm of high energy and vocal power, sweetness and dexterity which was superbly complemented by clever and astute staging.

"The World Goes Round," Landor Theatre
January 20, 2007

Robert McWhir's staging of the Kander and Ebb song showcase 'The World Goes Round', with musical direction by Heather Weir (currently playing at the Landor Theatre until February 10), displays an uneven mix of superb musical renditions and some near misses. Most of the songs are delivered with a high degree of accomplishment and the staging is generally full of energy and sophistication, perfectly balancing the layers of poignant emotion, cutting wit and Broadway bravado that pervades Kander and Ebb's musical theatre work. But some numbers miss the mark, let down by awkward, almost substandard, vocals - and the staging of 'All That Jazz' not only fails to conjure up anything that remotely resembles the choreographic arcs of the Fosse original but is also lacking in the sensuality that the number begs for. Ebb's lyric calls for them to 'let their stockings down' but the nylon seems reluctant to slip from the garters.

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January 13, 2007

Tuesday, January 16 will see the opening of the revue 'And The World Goes Round' at one of London's most atmospheric and intimate pub theatres, the Landor. The show draws its material from the songbook of John Kander and Fred Ebb, one of the greatest of all musical theatre song-writing duos, whose resume boasts the scores for such musicals as 'Cabaret', 'Chicago', 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman', 'Woman Of The Year', 'The Rink', and 'Flora, The Red Menace'.

Two By Tenn
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Two productions of plays by one of the founding fathers of twentieth century American drama, Tennessee Williams, are set to hit the West End stage in a couple of months time. Thomas Lanier Williams drafted some of the most haunting plays ever written - plays full of the joy, pain and poetry of life that always touch at the heart of raw human emotion. And he created some of the all-time great theatrical roles for women. The West End has seen high quality reincarnations of some of those great female roles in the last few years with stunning performances by Frances O'Connor in 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof', Victoria Hamilton and Diana Rigg in 'Suddenly Last Summer' and Clare Higgins and Jenny Seagrove in 'The Night Of The Iguana'. In 2007 London audiences will get the chance to see Hollywood star Jessica Lange in 'The Glass Menagerie' (which begins previews at the Apollo on January 31) and Zoe Wannamaker in 'The Rose Tattoo' (which commences previews at the Olivier on March 19).

Don Johnson is new player at Piccadilly Theatre Crap-shoot
January 9, 2007

New dice were cast this week at the Piccadilly Theatre as Don Johnson became the new Nathan Detroit in the stylish revival of Frank Loessor's classic, 'Guys and Dolls'. Johnson, best known for his starring role in two hit TV detective series ('Miami Vice' and 'Nash Bridges'), replaces Alex Ferns in a role originally created on Broadway by Sam Levine and made famous by Frank Sinatra in the MGM movie.

Curtains Up On McDonagh's Lonesome West
January 9, 2007

At the Baron's Court Theatre between January 9 and February 4, APR Theatre Company will present 'The Lonesome West', the final instalment in Martin McDonagh's acclaimed Leenane trilogy, originally staged in 2001. A black comedy set in the 'murder capital of Ireland', Leenane, a small town in Connemara, the play about two brothers who have recently buried their father is almost the Hibernian reflection of 'True West' by Sam Shephard, the influence of whom often resonates in McDonagh's work. The sub-text parodies the Hollywood vision of the American frontier, where each insult is tantamount to a challenge to a gunfight, while also symbolising the sheer desolation of an outpost far from civilization that breeds suicidal despair.

Royal Scottish Academy Student is Johanna in Sweeney Todd
January 8, 2007

Irish student Jayne Wisener has landed the dream role of Johnny Depp's daughter in the upcoming movie of the Sondheim musical, 'Sweeney Todd'. Though not widely broadcast, the casting was reported in the Irish press at the end of December and a spokesperson for Warner Bros. confirmed that the 19 year old second year student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow had been cast.

The Spider Woman Prepares To Weave Her Web At The Donmar
January 7, 2007

The Donmar Warehouse will stage a new production of Manuel Puig's 'Kiss Of the Spiderwoman' from April 25 to May 26, with previews running from April 19. Puig's dramatization of his own novel set in a Latin American prison places Marxist revolutionary Valentin Arregui in a cell with Luis Molina, a homosexual imprisoned for gross indecency with a minor, who takes his mind into a glamorous fantasy world he remembers from the movies, where the seductive spider woman dwells. Both powerful and touching, the play demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit in the midst of the greatest despair.

The King Of Broadway Surrenders His West End Crown
January 7, 2007

The smash Broadway phenomenon 'The Producers' will play its last performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on January 6, ending a run that began on November 9, 2004. Its UK life will not end, however, as it opens in Manchester on February 18 for a 3 month run.

January Joy For The Watermill
January 5, 2007

In the wake of the sad news concerning the fate of the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, it is cheering to read in the theatre's January newsletter that the necessary funds have now been raised to save the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Backed by a loan of 750,000 from the Boris Karloff Foundation, the Board of Directors were able to meet their deadline and commit to purchasing the theatre. In addition, over 2,600 donors assisted in raising 1,77000 in just 18 months. Richard Price, Chairman of the Board, said: 'We are hugely grateful to all those generous people who have supported the Save The Watermill appeal.' With the future of the theatre secured, the Board's efforts will now be poured into raising the remaining funds needed for essential renovations and improvements to the premises, which will commence in April 2007.



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