Goodnight Mister Tom Replacing Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre
Oliver Ford Davies Bringing the Show to the West End Following Chichester Festival Theatre Appearance
Following a quiet August, September is quickly becoming the month in which many well known shows announce their departure from the West End. We’ve already seen “Chicago” close its doors on Saturday 1st September and this week it has already been revealed that “Shrek The Musical” would be closing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to make way for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2013.
Now it has been revealed that a musical that has been running for over 20 years will be coming to an end in the capital. “Blood Brothers” is set to continue at the Phoenix Theatre until 27th October 2012 and after that it will be replaced by a brief run of “Goodnight Mister Tom”, fresh from the Chichester Festival Theatre.
The latter stars Oliver Ford Davies and comes from a script adapted by David Wood and directed by Angus Jackson. It will take over at the space currently inhabited by “Blood Brother” from November and will then remain there during its brief run until January. There is no word on what will follow it in the New Year.
“Goodnight Mister Tom” takes audiences back to the Second World War where are introduced to the character of William Beech. He is evacuated at the beginning of the show and finds himself in the English countryside and it is here that he meets the elderly Tom Oakley of the title.
Oliver Ford Davies will be recognisable to anyone who has picked up theatre tickets to high profile shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre over the years. He was last seen in the capital at the West End’s Duchess Theatre for the RSC’s “Written on the Heart” season. His other credits include “Hamlet” for the Royal Shakespeare Company and “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the National Theatre, whilst audiences may also recognise him from screen roles like “Star Wars” (episodes I to III), “Sense and Sensibility” and more.
“Goodnight Mister Tom” opens at the Phoenix Theatre on Tuesday 27th November 2012 (with previews from Thursday 22nd November 2012) and then continues until Monday 28th January 2013.