Goodnight Mister Tom opens at the Phoenix theatre

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Goodnight Mister Tom is a new play by David Wood based on the classic novel by Michelle Magorian.

The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom has started previewing at the Phoenix theatre in London’s West End on the 22 November 2012 for a limited 9 week run. The opening press night is scheduled for Tuesday November 27th at 2.30 p.m.

Olivier award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies reprises his Chichester Festival role as Mister Tom alongside Louise Collins, Joanne Howarth, Aoife McMahon, Freya Parker, Georgina Sutton, Alan Vicary, Jonathan Warde and Emma Drysdale from the celebrated original cast. They will be joined on the London stage by Elisa de Grey, Bradley Hall and Osmund Bullock.

Arthur Gledhill Franks, Jamie Goldberg and Ewan Harris will alternate the role of William. Joseph Holgate, Thiago Los and William Price will alternate as Zach.

Choreograpy is by Lizzi Gee, the composer is Matthew Scott, design by Robert Innes Hopkins and puppetry direction is provided by Toby Olié, whose previous credits include the puppetry director of War Horse at the New London theatre in the West End.

David Wood’s adaptation is directed by Angus Jackson, who is an associate director at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Mister Tom is a wonderful modern classic and was brought to life on T.V. starring John Thaw. This stage adaptation by David Wood is a fantastic interpretation of Michelle Magorian’s incredible uplifting tale.

Set during the ominous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows the story of William Beech, who is evacuated from London to the idyllic English countryside. William is sad to be leaving home. Elderly recluse Tom Oakley sets about building a bond and remarkable friendship with the melancholy boy. Everything seems to be developing well until William is surprisingly ordered back to London by his mother.

Goodnight Mister Tom won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was commended for the Carnegie Medal. Now a world-wide literary favourite and BAFTA award-winning TV film, starring John Thaw, it continues to inspire and move audiences with its heart warming and emotional story.

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. First published in 1981, it has been translated into 11 languages and won numerous awards in the UK, America and Australia

GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
22 November 2012 – 26 January 2013
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JP

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Tue to Sat eves 7.30 p.m., Thu & Sat matinees 2.30 p.m.
Mon 26 Nov 7.30 p.m.
Tue 27 Nov & Tue 18 Dec 2.30 p.m.
Tue 4 Dec, Tue 11 Dec, Tue 8 Jan, Tue 15 Jan & Tue 22 Jan 1.30 p.m.
EXTRA CHRISTMAS MATINEES – FRIDAY 28 DEC & MONDAY 31ST DEC 2.30 p.m.