David Troughton stars in
Goodnight Mister Tom
A play by David Wood, from the novel by Michelle Magorian
26 - 30 April 2016
Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood.
Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned back to London.
The children’s classic novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, celebrates its 35th anniversary year in 2016 and continues to inspire audiences and bring generations together. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and commended for the Carnegie Medal, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage play by David Wood, which won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2013.
David Troughton plays the central role of Tom Oakley. He has been the voice of Tony Archer on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers since 2014. His numerous leading roles range from Henry IV, Bottom and Caliban to Hook in Peter Pan. Bath audiences will remember his starring role in Alan Bennett’s Enjoy, followed by a hugely successful West End run, and a return visit to Bath. Television appearances include Grantchester, Unforgotten, The Hollow Crown, Hurry Fenwick in Casualty 1907 and Casualty 1909 and Dr. Bob Buzzard in A Very Peculiar Practice.
David Troughton is joined by an ensemble cast featuring, Elisa de Grey, who returns as puppeteer for the character of Sammy, having played the role in the West End and on tour; Guy Lewis, Simon Markey, Abigail Matthews, Clark Devlin, Jane Milligan, Georgina Sutton,Hollie Taylor, Martha Seignior, James Staddon and Melle Stewart.
Six talented young performers perform the key roles of William and Zach on tour, at the Theatre Royal Bath William will be played by Alex Taylor-McDowall and Zach will be played by Oliver Loades.
Author Michelle Magorian was inspired to write Goodnight Mister Tom after hearing her mother’s tales about her time as a nurse in the war. Published in 1981, it has been translated into 11 languages and won awards in the UK, America and Australia. In 1998 the story was adapted into a BAFTA award-winning television film starring John Thaw.
Goodnight Mister Tom is adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE, the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. In the West End over the 2015 Christmas season, Goodnight Mister Tom ran at the Duke of York’s Theatre, whilst David’s Olivier Award-nominated stage production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea ran at the Lyric Theatre, and his adaptation of The Witches enjoyed a run in Leicester.
The production is directed by Angus Jackson.
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Charming and traditional but imaginatively staged, powerful yet graceful,... All in all, it’s a wonderfully uplifting good night out - The Bath Magazine
This is an excellent production and altogether we loved it, heartily recommended for all the family - WhatsOnBath
A great story, beautifully and touchingly told - Swindon Adverriser
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Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
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Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including interval
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