Goodnight Mister Tom

by  David Wood

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 6f, 1m or f

"If you are looking for a family show with real emotional depth and staying power, David Wood's remarkably appealing stage adaptation of the 1981 children's classic is just the ticket." - The Independent

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Goodnight Mister Tom

by  David Wood

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 6f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Olivier, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Based on Michelle Magorian's classic, award-winning novel, Goodnight Mister Tom is set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War. 

The play 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 summoned by his mother back to London... 
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment!

Reviews

REVIEWS 

"If you are looking for a family show with real emotional depth and staying power, David Wood's remarkably appealing stage adaptation of the 1981 children's classic is just the ticket." - The Independent, Read More

"Goodnight Mr. Tom is a powerful learning experience in terms of both the historical context and the horrors of war and worth seeing for those aspects alone. But it is also a totally engrossing and compelling story that is endearing, heartwarming, touching, tender and ultimately uplifting. And you cannot wish for much more than that!" - London Theatre, Read More 

"Tough, unsentimental yet tender, it is a gem" - Sunday Express, Read More 

Check out an interview with adaptor David Wood on how he handled some of the subject matter for children in Goodnight Mr. Tom here

Videos

  • Goodnight Mr. Tom trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various locations in the West Country and London, Englad between 1939 and 1941.
  • Additional Features: Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

7m, 6f, 1m or f
BILLETING OFFICER - efficient no-nonsense female.
TOM OAKLEY - mid-to-late 60s, loner
WILLIAM BEECH - 10, deprived evacuee
SAMMY - a black and white collie dog
CHARLIE RUDDLES - ARP Warden
MRS. FLETCHER - housewife and mother
DOCTOR LITTLE - the local doctor
MRS. ANNIE HARTRIDGE - school teacher
DAVID HARTRIDGE - her husband, trainee RAF pilot
CARRIE - 11, redheaded twin to GINNIE, academic
GINNIE - 11, redheaded twin to CARRIE, practical
GEORGE FLETCHER - 10, youngest son of Mrs Fletcher
MISS THORNE - local librarian and amateur dramatics producer
ZACH - 11, Jewish evacuee, from a theatrical family
MR. MILLER - proprietor of the Post Office/Stores
MISS MILLER - who helps her father in the shop. Late teens, early 20s
VICAR - young, enthusiastic
MRS. BEECH - William’s mother, strict, prim, mentally disturbed
TICKET-COLLECTOR - (London)
ARP WARDEN - (London)
GLAD - warm-hearted Londoner
POLICEMAN - solid and strong
NURSE - young and sympathetic
SISTER - stands no nonsense
MR. STELTON - a psychiatrist
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Sugessted doubling for a cast of 14

M

1. Tom
2. William
3. Charlie Ruddles/David Hartridge/Vicar /Mr Stelton
4. Dr Little/Ticket Collector
5. George Fletcher/Policeman
6. Mr. Miller/ARP Warden(London)
7. Zach

F

1. Billeting officer/Miss Thorne
2. Mrs Fletcher/Glad/Social Worker
3. Miss Miller/Understudy
4. Mrs Annie Hartridge/Mrs Beech
5. Carrie/Sister
6. Ginnie/Nurse

M/F

Puppeteer (Sammy)

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Authors

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 Expeditio ...

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Goodnight Mr. Tom premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex in February 2011 under the drection of Angus Jackson.

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