About the showDon’t miss the charming stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s award-winning children’s novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, which returns to the West End this Christmas. This heart-warming tale of an unexpected cross-generational friendship during the hardships of World War II won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment when it was last on the West End in 2013 and is a spectacle not to be missed.
As Britain stands on the brink of WWII, William Beech is evacuated from London to the safety of the Dorset countryside. There, he sparks an unlikely friendship with his guardian, the reclusive widower named Tom Oakley. The growing bond between them highlights the pain each have suffered; Tom with the loss of his wife and infant son, and William at the hands of his abusive, God-fearing Mother. Their friendship is put to the test when William is summoned back to blitzed London by his mother and we see the progression from misery to happiness and back again. In a story that owes a lot to Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist, will Tom and William’s friendship be the key to each other’s survival?
This acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production has played to packed houses on its UK tour and is adapted by children’s theatre luminary, David Wood. His previous adaptations of classic children’s literature include Roald Dahl’s The BFG and The Witches, as well as the hugely successful The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
Mister Tom will be played by David Troughton, whose has enjoyed a long and varied career. His stage credits include multiple works by Shakespeare and he has worked with companies including the RSC, Complicite and starred alongside Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic. His television credits include recent appearances in Doctor Who for the BBC.
Goodnight Mister Tom opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 11th December 2015 and will play there until 20th February 2016.