Taking us from London to Dorset and back again, Goodnight Mister Tom explores the unexpected friendship between William Beech and the elderly Tom Oakley. As their bond grows stronger, they each begin to comprehend the pain the other has suffered; William at the hands of his abusive mother and Tom with the loss of his wife and son. When William’s mother summons him back to blitzed London, his idyllic life in the country comes to an abrupt end and the strengths of his friendships are tested.
The stage adaptation of Magorian’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner is written by the acclaimed children’s playwright David Wood. Wood’s other work includes adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classics The BFG and The Witches as well as Judith Kerr’s book for young children, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which also graces the West End stage this Christmas.
Angus Jackson (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, King Lear) directs an unsentimental but unabashedly touching version of the story that was critically acclaimed at the Chichester Festival. David Troughton takes on the role of Tom Oakley, previously appearing in countless productions at with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company as well as roles in Outnumbered, Doctor Who and David Copperfield on television.
Recommended forFans of Magorian’s original book would love seeing it come alive on stage. David Wood was named by The Times as ‘The National Children’s Dramatist’ and children of all ages will find something to love in his delightful play.
Age Recommendations: All ages