A classic story of friendship

lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, February 15, 2013
lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, February 15, 2013
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Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale Goodnight Mr Tom, now a modern classic, is brought gloriously to life in a stage adaptation by David Wood, with Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies starring as Mister Tom.

The play visits Theatre Royal Brighton for a week long run from Tuesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 23.

Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mr Tom follows 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.

Oliver Ford Davies will reprise his role as Mister Tom. He is one of the UK’s best known and most highly respected actors, having appeared in numerous stage, television and film productions.

He recently appeared in the film The Deep Blue Sea alongside Rachel Weiss, and has appeared in three of the Star Wars films. On television as well as appearing in popular favourites like Rosemary and Thyme, Midsomer Murders and Spooks, he also played the role of Maester Cressen in the award winning HBO series Game of Thrones. On stage he has appeared numerous times at the National Theatre and in 26 productions for the RSC.

Author Michelle Magorian was inspired to write Goodnight Mr 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.

Goodnight Mr Tom is adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE, the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children.

The production is directed by Angus Jackson, who is an associate director at Chichester Festival Theatre.

His production of The Browning Version recently won great critical acclaim in its double bill with South Downs in the West End. His other productions for Chichester Festival Theatre include Bingo which starred Patrick Stewart, Wallenstein, Funny Girl, Carousel and most recently Canvas.

He has worked at the National Theatre (The Power of Yes and Elmina’s Kitchen) and Sheffield Crucible (Promises Promises, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Shawl).

Call 0844 871 7650 or visit www.atgtickets.com/brighton.

Tickets: £10 to £23.50, children £8 to £21.50.

Evening performances start at 7pm. Wednesday and Thursday matinees start at 1pm. The Saturday matinee starts at 2.30pm.