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What's it all about?
After playing to packed houses across the UK, this critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production comes to London for a limited 9 week season.
A modern classic, Michelle Magorian's wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in a brand new stage adaptation by David Wood, with Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies starring as Mister Tom.
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and commended for the Carnegie Medal, this brand new production marks the 30th Anniversary of the publication of the novel. Now a world-wide literary favourite and a BAFTA award-winning TV film starring John Thaw, Goodnight Mister Tom continues to inspire audiences and bring generations together.
What's the story?
Goodnight Mister Tom follows the journey of young William Beech as he is evacuated from London during the air-raids of WWII and put into the care of Tom Oakley, an elderly recluse. William finds that his time with Tom offers more than just protection from the falling bombs; it becomes a journey of friendship and discovery. At the same time, the closed-in Mr Tom is brought back to the world by young William.
Who's in it?
Oliver Ford Davies stars as Mr Tom. Acclaimed both as an actor and author, he is perhaps best known for his regular role as Peter Foxcott in Kavanagh QC.
His work in theatre has brought great public and critical acknowledgement. In 1990 he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play for Racing Demon.
He was Olivier-nominated twice more for Absolutely! (Perhaps) at Wyndham's Theatre in 2003 and as Polonius in the RSC's 2007 production of Hamlet at the Novello Theatre.
Who is Goodnight Mister Tom suitable for?
Goodnight Mr Tom can justifiably call itself a 'family show'. It's tender, nostalgic, moving and funny, and its cross-generational themes of friendship, co-operation and redemption will resonate with parents and children of all ages.
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Did You Know?
It's entirely appropriate that Michelle Magorian's beloved children's novel Goodnight Mister Tom should make the transition to the stage.
Before she achieved enormous success with the book in 1981, Magorian was an actress. She studied for three years at the Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama and for a further two at legendary mime Marcel Marceau's L'école Internationale de Mime in Paris. After completing her studies she worked in rep for years but always kept her hand in with writing, even as she continued to tread the boards.
Goodnight Mister Tom took shape in a novel-writing class. Magorian had been inspired by the colours listed in a song from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Imaginging brown as symbolic of earthy old age and green as the newness and freshness of youth, the seeds of her two central characters were sown. The name Willliam Beech sprang from an image of a beech tree. With its slim trunk it reminded her of a slim young boy, and so William edged toward life.
Magorian's commitments as an actress meant that it took her nearly five years to complete the book but her tender, touching tale became an international success almost immediately. It was awarded the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and was a runner-up for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association.
A critically acclaimed TV film adaptation starring John Thaw was aired in 1998 and, prior to the current wonderful production by the Chichester Festival Theatre that has transferred to the Phoenix, Goodnight Mister Tom was also adapted as a musical.