Henry Goodman


Award-winning actor Henry Goodman has played many leading roles in films, theatre and television. His many awards for appearance at National Theatre & RSC ,West End & Broadway have always been intertwined with his teaching at Guildhall, RADA , BADA, and The Actors centre. He is recording the title role in Arnold Wesker’s play Shylock  that goes out in March on BBC Radio 3. He edited the reading of Children of the Ghetto and is planning to do more and more directing.

Upcoming Events

Past Events


Sunday, 5 March 2017


This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.


Two evenings of song, anecdotes and glamour, celebrating the songs, shows and lives of the great Rodgers and Hammerstein. 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Henry Goodman, Issy Van Randwyck and Clive Rowe presented two performances of song, anecdotes and glamour celebrating the musical theatre of Rodgers and Hammerstein. With musical direction by Michael Haslam and script by Stewart Permutt.


Clive Rowe, Issy Van Randwyck and Henry Goodman dazzle in The Genius of Gershwin

Saturday, 21 February 2015

In our specially commissioned two-act tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, we celebrate the wit and melodies of the brothers from Brooklyn who created some of the most memorable songs ever written. With performers Henry Goodman, Issy van Randwyck and Clive Rowe; musical direction and arrangements by Michael Haslam and script by Stewart Permutt – join us for an unforgettable evening of dazzling songs and the scintillating stories behind them.


Sunday, 27 February 2011

With whom have we not spent heart-warming hours there, looking out from the terrace over the beautiful and peaceful landscape, without suspecting that exactly opposite, on the mountain of Berchtesgaden, a man sat who would one day destroy it all? —Stefan Zweig, Die Welt von Gestern


Sunday, 7 March 2010

From the urban decadence of Yiddish theatre to the timeless world of the shtetl, Henry Goodman and Beverley Klein gave voice to the prose, poetry and drama of a century of Jewish Poland interspersed with new musical arrangements from Lemez Lovaz. They took us into an irrecoverable world, invoking deep pathos and great humour from writers including I.B. Singer, Y.L. Peretz, Bruno Shultz, Ida Fink, and Janusz Korczak, all the way through to second-generation writers from the Jewish Polish diaspora conjuring up the strongly felt presence and sense of loss.


Sunday, 25 February 2007

Victoria Glendinning spoke to Anne Sebba about Leonard Woolf, exploring his career as a writer, novelist and political thinker, his devotion to his wife Virginia and his complicated relationship with his Jewishness. Henry Goodman read passages from Woolf’s fiction and non fiction, some of it unpublished today.


Sunday, 26 February 2006

Children of the Ghetto is Israel Zangwill’s epic tale of Jewish life in London, published in1892, describing both the poverty of the East End and the wealthy lives of the established Jews in the West End. Zangwill drew on his experiences of growing up in Whitechapel to paint a detailed and understanding picture of the lives of the immigrants. Children of theGhetto is both a landmark work of modern Jewish fiction as well as an essential late Victorian text.


Sunday, 6 March 2005

Jewish Book Week was proud to present the first major public reading of this powerful work of fiction by Kressman Taylor. Described as "the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction," the book was a sensation when it was first published in the US on the eve of the Holocaust.

The Latest from JBW

Thousands joined us during the festival, for ten days of enlightening discussion and...

Anne Applebaum and Lawrence Freedman are both shortlisted for...

JBW is delighted to announce that Bill Browder will be joining Matthew...

Tickets for a live relay screening of...


J Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.