Michael Woods Sound

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Sound Designer & Engineer

The Pianist of Willesden Lane - Sound Operator - The Other Palace

After a sell out run in the spring 2016 the show returned between the 7 September - 16 October 2016 at The St James Theatre, and I was pleased to return as Sound Operator for the run. 

The show was nominated for 'Theatrical Event of the Year' and 'Best Actress in a Musical' by the BroadwayWorld UK  - Voting is open to the public!
The comment was from Erik Carstensten the Production Manager and Sound  Designer of the show. Michael is pictured here with Mona Golabek.

The comment was from Erik Carstensten the Production Manager and Sound

Designer of the show. Michael is pictured here with Mona Golabek.

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Evocative, heartfelt portrayal of a pianist's journey from Vienna to wartime London, compellingly told through music.

The Stage Review

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Soft, simple and effective story of the Kindertransport.

Evening Standard Review  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Effortlessly moving. Joyful, sobering and spellbinding.

Londonist Review  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️An extraordinary story on every level. A tour de Force.

What's On Stage Review

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I urge everyone to see, hear and to experience this wonderful and most unusual event.

Remote Goat Review  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It's simplicity and immensity create one of the greatest impacts of the year so far..

TheatreCat.com Review 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A captivating Musical Journey. Spellbinding

The Upcoming Review 

The production made its UK premiere at the St. James Theatre after critically acclaimed, sold out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

  • If you missed the show you can BUY THE BOOK or CD All Profits support the Educational Trust that provides free educational materials about the Kindertransport.

Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is directed by Hershey Felder. It tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. When Lisa is swept up in the Kindertransport to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of that dream.

Michael was pleased to be involved in the UK production as Sound Operator, implementing Erik Carstersen's Sound Design. The Production ran for 7 weeks and sold out in the latter weeks as it's reputation grew. An interesting show to work on from a historical and a sound perspective. Part of Michael's role as Operator involved triggering exact sound cues,  'bringing in' orchestral backing tracks to coincide with the Pianists performance mid piece.




London based Freelance Sound Engineer and Designer. 

A musical background, practical experience and technical theatre degree training enables Michael to create audio solutions that provide a well balanced intelligible sound. His attention to detail ensures reliability and quality. 

Creating immersive designs he aims for perfection and will not settle for less.

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