Goodnight Mister Tom Returns To The West End To Warm Christmas Hearts
The classic children’s novel Goodnight Mister Tom is returning to the West End this December and its set to captivate a new generation of fans with its touching tale of love found in the most unlikely of places.
The story tells the tale of little William Beech who is evacuated to the countryside during World War II. He is sent to live with Mr Thomas Oakley, an elderly widower, and soon the two become inseparable.
As William (or “Willie” as he is to be known) settles into his new countryside lifestyle, the memories of his London childhood and strict mother are brought to Mr Oakley’s attention as Willie is sent back home to tend to his mother’s apparent sickness. Following sadness and hardship, William is desperate to return to Mr Oakley and it’s just in time that Tom arrives to rescue Willie from the distressing surroundings of his childhood home and return with him to the countryside where they are happy together Once again.
The novel by Michelle Magorian was released in 1981 and has been a key part of many children’s school syllabuses as well as attracting a legion of adult fans for its very real, atmospheric storytelling that all can enjoy.
The transition to film beckoned a good few years later with the screen adaptation being released in 1998 starring the late John Thaw as Mr Oakley and a young Nick Robinson as Willie. A positive hit, the story was also adapted as a musical and has toured for a number of years across the UK, with its last West End theatre run in 2012/13. Now it’s back at the Duke of York’s theatre and will run from 11th December – 20th February 2016. This promises to be a show not to miss!
David Troughton will take on the lead role of Tom Oakley; a seasoned actor with experience across stage and screen with extensive roles in Shakespearean theatre productions. The musical will be directed by Angus Jackson and is being adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE, best known for his writing and directing of plays and musicals for children.
We can’t promise you’ll leave the theatre with dry eyes, as this is a heart-warming tale of love across generations and the two central characters dominate the production. It’s a show for young and old, and the perfect family Christmas theatre treat.