Goodnight Mister Tom Announces UK Tour
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of the much-loved Goodnight Mister Tom has announced that the award-winning play, based on the classic novel by Michelle Magorian, will tour the UK in the New Year. Opening at the Manchester Opera House in February 2016 the show will finally come to a close in May, following a limited run of West End performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre over the Christmas period.
Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the novel of Goodnight Mr Tom was originally inspired by authoress Michelle Margorian’s mother who was a nurse during the Second World War. First published in 1981 the book has since been translated into 11 languages and won a number of awards both in the UK and abroad. The inspiring wartime tale follows a young boy by the name of William Beech who is evacuated to the English countryside where he forms a heartening friendship with an elderly man, Mr Tom Oakley. As well as being a literary favourite the story was also later turned into a BAFTA Award-winning TV film.
In the iconic role of Mr Tom will be David Troughton, who is currently appearing as Tony Archer on BBC Radio 4’s British rural drama The Archers. Playing alongside the actor are Clark Devlin, Guy Lewis, Elisa de Grey, Simon Markey, Abigail Matthews, Martha Seignior, Jane Milligan, James Staddon, Melle Stewart, Georgina Sutton and Hollie Taylor. Cast to share the key roles of William and Zach are Joe Reynolds, Freddy Hawkins and Alex Taylor-McDowall as alternates for William, and Sonny Kirby, Harrison Noble and Oliver Loades who will alternate as Zach.
The stage adaption of the story has been brought to life by top children’s play writer and director David Wood OBE alongside highly acclaimed director Angus Jackson. Jackson’s prestige portfolio of previous work includes Oppenheimer for the RSC Swan and Vaudeville Theatre as well as King Lear for Chichester and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to name a few.
Offering the perfect combination of a popular children’s story with a talented cast and highly respected team behind the scenes, there’s no better reason for Goodnight Mister Tom to be on your top list of things to do this festive season.
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