Goodnight Mister Tom

By Michelle Magorian, adapted by David Wood

Synopsis:

In September 1939 a boy, William Beech, is evacuated from London.

In the tranquil village of Little Weirwold Tom Oakley, a recluse, lives with his dog Sammy.

When Tom reluctantly agrees to billet William neither can begin to imagine the monumental consequences that will ensue, changing both their lives forever: “Oh Sammy, what’s we landed ourselves? Eh? I ent ‘ad much experience at this ‘ere motherin’ lark. You neither eh? Best not get fond of the boy” (Tom - Act 1)

But despite his intentions Tom DOES get increasingly fond of the timid and fearful child who has come in to his life. And William in turn begins to blossom under Tom’s warm care, losing much of his introversion, learning how to read and make friends in the village and sharing his growing happiness with Sammy.

However, it is not just over war-threatened Britain that ominous clouds are brewing, there are storms ahead for William and when he is summoned back to London by his forbidding mother, both he and Tom have to face personal battles as ravaging and devastating as anything the war might throw at them.

Goodnight Mister Tom won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family in 2013 and it is easy to see why. The novel has been enchanting readers since its publication in 1981 and David Wood’s sympathetic and engaging adaptation will delight young and old alike. This joyous, captivating and poignant production is ideally suited to the intimacy and versatile staging of The Mission Theatre and is brought to Bath audiences by leading actors from Next Stage Theatre Company and Next Stage Youth. Under the directorship of Ann Ellison, David Dunn - last seen in Habeas Corpus - plays the role of Tom and Georges Boutin - Young Pip in Great Expectations - is William.

Book early to avoid disappointment, this show is likely to be a Sell-Out.

Goodnight Mister Tom
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in October 2017.

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Esther Bennett

Esther Bennett

Ginnie

Georges Boutin

Georges Boutin

William Beech

Ieuan Chakrabati-Adams

Ieuan Chakrabati-Adams

Evacuee/ Policeman

Max Dooley

Max Dooley

George Fletcher

Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn

Tom Oakley

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Miss. Thorne

Lachlan Gibson

Lachlan Gibson

Billeting Officer/ Dr. Little/ Ticketing Officer

Barbara Ingledew

Barbara Ingledew

Mrs. Fletcher/ Mrs. Beech

Felicity Ingledew

Felicity Ingledew

Miss. Miller/ Sister/ Evacuee

Georgia Langley

Georgia Langley

Mrs. Anne Hartridge/ Social Worker

Ralph Leming

Ralph Leming

Mr. David Hartridge/ Villager/ Londoner

Ren Leming

Ren Leming

Charlie Ruddles/ London ARP Warden

Oliver Lewis

Oliver Lewis

Vicar/ Mr. Stelton

Misty de Looze

Misty de Looze

Evacuee/ Nurse/ Londoner

Lily Stiles

Lily Stiles

Sammy

Daisy Wells

Daisy Wells

Carrie

Hugo Worrall

Hugo Worrall

Zach

Judy Yeates

Judy Yeates

Mrs. Miller/ Glad

Review/s of Goodnight Mister Tom:

Review 1: 'This quite superb adaptation is a wonderful example of creative, emotive and entertaining potential'

Ian Waller and his family enjoy a wonderful retelling of a classic children’s tale. When a family favourite is brought to the stage, there’s always the chance that it won’t somehow live up to expectations. Fortunately this was certainly not the case with Goodnight Mister Tom, which is about to start a five day run at the Mission Theatre in Bath. This quite superb David Wood adapatation of the…click here to read the whole review.

By Ian Waller - The Bath & Wiltshire Parent Magazine

Review 2: 'A better half term treat would be hard to find'

This adaptation of the popular novel by Michelle Magorian fits this vibrant company like a glove. The large cast tackle the story with great energy and commitment whilst the innovative staging allows the filmic quality of the script to flow freely without interruption. The play is set during World War II it features a boy, William Beech, who is abused at home in London and is evacuated to the country…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield

Review 3: 'It’s a treat to see so many young actors bringing the stage to life'

An acclaimed book, first published in 1981, Mr Tom has since been adapted as a musical, a film and a play. That only happens to exceptional stories. Set in WW11 it’s a tale of two damaged people; William, an abused boy evacuated to the country where he’s placed with Mr Tom, a curmudgeonly recluse whose wife died 40 years ago, “She was so sunny she lit up my life. When she died the light went…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Echo

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