It’s just about to return to London’s West End and now the award-winning wartime drama, Goodnight Mister Tom, has announced a national tour for 2016.
David Wood’s adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s classic novel is a real treat for families.
The Olivier award-winning Chichester Festival Theatre production of this much loved children’s novel will open at Manchester’s Opera House before embarking on a further 12 venues.
David Troughton, who plays the central role of Tom Oakley, will take the production on the road after reprising the part at the Duke of York’s Theatre this Christmas. It is directed by Angus Jackson.
Troughton will be joined by an ensemble cast of Clark Devlin, Elisa de Grey, Guy Lewis, Simon Markey, Abigail Matthews, Jane Milligan, Martha Seignior, James Staddon, Melle Stewart, Georgina Sutton and Hollie Taylor.
Six talented youngsters have been cast in the key roles of William and Zach. Joe Reynolds, Freddy Hawkins and Alex Taylor-McDowall will alternate the role of William and Sonny Kirby, Harrison Noble and Oliver Loades will alternate as Zach.
David Wood’s stage adaptation received great critical acclaim in 2012/13, winning the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family.
The novel, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, is a wonderfully uplifting tale that is 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.
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.
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and commended for the Carnegie Medal, Goodnight Mister Tom is now a world-wide literary favourite and BAFTA award-winning TV film (starring John Thaw).
David Troughton is currently playing the role of Tony Archer on BBC Radio 4’s long-running British contemporary rural drama, The Archers (since 2014). He has performed numerous times with both the RSC (The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Macbeth, Macbett, Henry IV: parts 1 and 2, Richard II and Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Venetian Twins) and the National Theatre (Season’s Greetings, Playing with Fire, Measure for Measure, Peter Pan and Fool For Love).
Troughton is also a regular on TV where his appearances include Grantchester, Unforgotten, The Hollow Crown and more.
Goodnight Mister Tom runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from December 11-February 20.
UK TOUR LISTINGS:
February 23–27, Manchester Opera House
March 1-5, Milton Keynes Theatre
March 8-12, Glasgow Theatre Royal
March 15-19, Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre
March 22-26, Oxford New Theatre
March 29-April 2, York Grand Opera House
April 5-9, Richmond Theatre
April 12-16, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
April 19-23, Woking New Victoria Theatre
April 26-30, Bath Theatre Royal
May 3-7, Cambridge Arts Theatre
May 10-14, Cardiff New Theatre
May 17-21, Newcastle Theatre Royal