Having completed another successful run in the West End, Michelle Magorian’s classic novel set in World War II arrives in Woking next month. 

13. David Troughton (Tom Oakley) and Elisa de Grey (Puppeteer for Sammy the dog) in Goodnight Mister Tom 2015 Credit Dan Tsantilis.jpg
Elisa de Grey and David Troughton. Credit: Dan Tsantilis.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech as he is evacuated to the countryside, forging a heart-warming friendship with the man who takes him in Tom Oakley.

As well as starring David Troughton as Mister Tom Oakley, the cast also includes six young performers 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.

Author Michelle Magorian was inspired to write Goodnight Mister Tom, after listening to her mother’s stories of working as a nurse in the war. Since it was published in 1981, it has been published in 11 languages and won countless awards.

Her novel has been transformed and adapted for the stage by David Wood, the UK’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His other recent credits include the Olivier nominated stage production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Witches.

The production is directed by Angus Jackson, whose recent stage credits include Oppenheimer for the RSC Swan and Vaudeville Theatre, King Lear for Chichester and the Brooklyn Academy of Music and  The Browning Version for Chichester and the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Goodnight Mister Tom arrives at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from the 19th to the 23rd April. For more information and to book tickets visit ATG Tickets.