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A Winter’s Tale – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Composer and lyricist: Howard Goodall Writer: Nick Stimson Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Some shows have no luck at all. In the same week that the arts pages of the national press have, along with The Reviews Hub, been heaping extravagant praise on the National Theatre for its groundbreaking pro/am musical version of Shakespeare’s Pericles, along comes a youth ...

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Girlfriends – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Writers: Howard Goodall in collaboration with Richard Curtis and John Retallack Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Howard Goodall’s musical first hit the West End in October 1987 with an opening night that coincided with the great hurricane, but it has not kicked up much of a storm since. However, this is the second London ...

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The Dreaming – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Howard Goodall and Charles Hart Director: Paul Clarkson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Genuinely novel interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are few and far between, it’s even rarer to find one that wholly dispenses with the original text, throws in some musical numbers and transports the entire thing to the mythical perfect summer of 1913, a year before the ...

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The Hired Man – St James Theatre, London

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There are moments when history and theatre collide to create a moment of intense resonance. Howard Goodall's The Hired Man covers an epic sweep of Cumbrian history but, in this Centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, this ...

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Love Story – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eric Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe As powerful and devastatingly haunting, witty, romantic, tear-jerking and heart-wrenching as the original novel by Eric Segal which was also turned into an iconic film starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw Love Story has the ability to turn even the ...

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NEWS: Boys and Samuels to star in Bolton Octagon’s Love Story

Producers have today announced that TV talent show stars Daniel Boys and Lauren Samuels will join the Octagon Theatre, Bolton cast of Howard Goodall's musical adaptation ofLove Story. Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling novel and subsequent hit film, Love Story is widely regarded as one of the most romantic and moving films of all time. Taking on the rôle of ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part III

And as we come to our final part of our 2014 preview of shows in and around the UK and Ireland we ask our regional editors in the North West, London, and along the South Coast what productions are getting them excited over the course of the year. Do you agree? What are you most looking forward to? Share your ...

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Love Story –Jack Studio Theatre, London

Music and additional lyrics: Howard Goodall Book and lyrics: Stephen Clark Director: Joseph C Walsh Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Howard Goodall and Stephen Clark’s lush musical take on Erich Segal’s perennial tearjerker Love Story gained critical if not commercial success with its West End run back in 2010, but its beautiful music can now be heard live again with its ...

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