Mister Tom tale takes to stage

Oliver Ford Davies in Goodnight Mister Tom
Oliver Ford Davies in Goodnight Mister Tom

A TOURING production of Goodnight Mister Tom comes to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from May 4 to 8.

Based on the book by Michelle Magorian, the Children’s Touring Partnership is presenting a The Chichester Festival Theatre production, adapted for the stage by David Wood.

Set during build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows the sad William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley.

All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London. A tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale, Goodnight Mister Tom celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers.

Goodnight Mister Tom, first published in the UK in 1981, is an enduring classic for both children and adults alike and has sold in excess of 1.2 million copies in the UK alone.

As well as being a world-wide favourite, the BAFTA award-winning TV film of the book, starring John Thaw, attracted 14 million viewers making it one of the best loved stories of its generation. The book has won many awards including The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 1981, was commended for the Carnegie Medal and in 2005 was voted amongst the top 100 books in the BBC’s Big Read.

The Children’s Touring Partnership is a new producing partnership led by independent producer Fiery Angel, the Chichester Festival Theatre and a consortium of major regional theatres.

Oliver Ford Davies plays the title role of Tom Oakley. He is a much respected and admired stage actor but film audiences will know him best for his role as Sio Bibble in the three Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Six local children will also star in the production who were selected following open auditions at the theatre earlier this year.

Tickets cost £10-£18 with concessions available. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.