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Howard Goodall season at the Union Theatre

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FROM September to November 2014, Southwark’s Union Theatre is presenting a season of works by Howard Goodall, the EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals and film and TV scores.

Goodall is also a distinguished broadcaster.

The season opens with the London professional premiere of The Dreaming. Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, it runs from September 3 to September 27.

Composed by Howard Goodall, and with lyrics and book by Charles Hart, The Dreaming is directed by Paul Clarkson, with musical direction by David Griffiths, choreography by Helen Rymer and design by Kingsley Hall.

The cast includes Alastair Hill (as Alexander), Joshua Tonks (David), Richard Brindley (Julian) Daisy Tonge (Sylvia), Chris Hancock (Angel), Kayleigh McKnight (Henrietta), Michael Burgen (Cheek), Rachel Flynn (Jennifer), Holly Julier (Charlotte), Simone Murphy (Jack), Matthew Jay Ryan (Jess), David Breeds (Walter Grubb), Alex Green (Bob Fry) and Jordan Ginger (Seth/Mathews).

The Woodlanders are Joel Burman, Faye Charlotte Ainley, Rosie O’Hare, Hannah Jay Allan, Christina Harris and Hollie Evans.

Tickets: £20, £17 concessions. All Seats £15 in Week One.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

The Dreaming is followed by Love Story. Written by Stephen Clark and with music by Howard Goodall, it runs from October 1 to October 25.

Love Story is inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling novel and subsequent film of the same name.

Oliver Barrett IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love…

Finally, it’s the turn of Girlfriends, which runs from October 29 to November 22.

Set on an RAF Bomber Command base during World War 2, Girlfriends has music and lyrics by Goodall and is based on the book he had written in collaboration with Richard Curtis and John Retallack.