Veteran actor and comic and entertainer, Roy Hudd, returns to the stage this August in Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ production of the family classic, Goodnight Mr Tom, it has been announced.
The home grown production, opening August 24, launches an autumn season that dwells on war – from Shakespeare and Conan Doyle to Michael Morpurgo, and Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s Dad’s Army.
Hudd will play the reclusive Tom Oakley – the Mister Tom of the title – who befriends a London evacuee in this hauntingly beautiful adaptation. It’s a tale of heart-breaking loss and remarkable friendship forged in a world at war.
When retired and reclusive Tom Oakley reluctantly takes under his wing an abused eight-year-old evacuee called William, an unspoken and unbreakable bond is formed. Will the unlikely friendship between them survive through distance, war and fear?
There will be plenty of drama in the autumn programme, including a Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s powerful production of Henry V (October 30 – November 3) which is touring the UK later this year.
Emerging from his wild youth with a sense of purpose and adventure, Henry V wages war on France with devastating efficiency, but at what cost?
Blackeyed Theatre return to Bury St Edmunds with Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four, featuring original live music, stylish theatricality and magical storytelling (October 4 – 6).
London Classic Theatre also return with My Mother Said I Never Should; a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom (September 17 – 20).
Classic comedy will also feature in a pair shows honouring the nation’s favourites.
The Goon Show will celebrate Spike Milligan’s centenary year with the first major theatrical production of the show in its illustrious history (October 18 – 20).
Dad’s Army – Radio Hour will feature two actors on stage playing 25 different characters in a brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series (November 14/ 15).
Finally, Scamp Theatre stages, Michael Morpurgo’s compelling WWI drama, Private Peaceful – a moving experience that tells of a young soldier’s final day (September 25 – 29).
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