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Tom's Midnight Garden - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Tom's Midnight Garden

David Wood

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: PMS0000000143

This play is an adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s 1950s classic boy’s nightly voyage to a Victorian past. 

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1950s, Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - Most of the play takes place in a Victorian house and garden in East Anglia. The action moves between the 1880s/1890s and the 1950s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

This play is an adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s 1950s classic boy’s nightly voyage to a Victorian past. Quarantined in his Aunt’s and Uncle’s stuffy flat because his brother has measles, Tom is restless and bored. 

Intrigued by a Grandfather clock, religiously wound by the elderly owner of the house, Mrs. Bartholomew, Tom is startled one night to hear the clock strike thirteen! Slipping out of bed he goes to what in his time is a concrete backyard, only to discover a beautiful Victorian garden of the 1880s.

He meets the unhappy orphan, Hatty, who initially is the only person who can see him, and he visits her each night at the same hour, writing enthusiastically to his brother, Peter, about his adventures. But although Tom stays the same exuberant 10-year-old, Hatty grows into a young woman during these visits. Before the story can reach its outcome, Tom has to return to his parents, but the truth is revealed in a touching denouement.

REVIEWS 

“Capturing the essence of one of the best children’s stories ever written, the Unicorn … has created a dream of a production. This haunting adaptation by dramatist David Wood accords Philippa Pearce’s timeless classic the respect it deserves …” - Time Out

“A magnificent gateway for the imagination… many’s the time we hear a claim made for a children’s show that it will wow grown-ups as much as its target audience, but how rare is the beast that lives up to that boast … one of the most theatrically thrilling productions I’ve seen in the past year …” - Daily Telegraph

“Fans of the endlessly intriguing puzzle that is time travel can list a new destination … the New Victory Theatre, where Tom's Midnight Garden mingles past and present to touching effect in an award-winning play based on a prize-winning novel.”  - The New York Times


Tom's Midnight Garden premiered at the Unicorn Theatre at the Pleasance Theatre, in London in 2000 under the direction of Tony Graham.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Features Children

CASTING NOTES

Doubling for cast of 8 (5m, 3f)
Tom
Aunt Gwen/ Susan
Uncle Alan/ Abel
Hatty
Mrs Bartholomew/ Aunt Grace
Hubert Melbourne/ Baity James
Melbourne/ Ely Cathedral Tower Guide/ Angel (in nightmare)
Edgar Melbourne/ Peter
Skaters, Sightseers and other roles to be played by the ensemble

MRS. BARThOLOMEW – in her 70s, 1950s 
TOM – about 10, 1950s
UNCLE ALAN – 1950s
AUNT GWEN – 1950s 
PETER – Tom’s brother, about 8, 1950s
SUSAN – the maid, 1880s/ 1890s
HATTY – about 9 to 19, 1880s/ 1890s 
AUNT GRACE – 1880s/ 1890s
ABEL – the gardener, 1880s/ 1890s
JAMES – about 12 to 22 ,1880s/ 1890s
EDGAR – about 11 to 21, 1880s/ 1890s
HUBERT – about 14 to 24, 1880s/ 1890s
SMALL HATTY – about 6, 1880s 
BARTY – about 21, 1890s
ELY CATHEDRAL TOWER GUIDE – 1890s
THE ANGEL – in Tom’s nightmare
SKATERS, SIGHTSEERS, VOICES OF ThE HOUSE
Author
David Wood

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The ... view full profile

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