Goodnight mister tom is a play by david wood, based on the childrens novel of the same name by michelle magorian. The olivier awardwinning chichester festival theatre production of goodnight mister tom returns now a modern classic, michelle magorians wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by david wood. Tom oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during wwi. It is 1939, and england is poised on the edge of war with nazi germany. He is an unhappy, deprived child, who has been treated very cruelly by his mother, and is.
Set during the dangerous build up to the second world war, goodnight mister tom. Tom hears nothing from the boy after two weeks, he can endure the loneliness and worry no longer. Goodnight mr tom plays to see international theatre. Goodnight mr tom cheap theatre tickets duke of yorks theatre. This musical version of the awardwinning book by michelle magorian is the story of william beech, an artistically gifted but abused young boy who. Goodnight mister tom southwark playhouse theatre and bar. Goodnight mister tom is one of those childrens books that stays with you long after you have read it. A book by michelle magorian, set in the village of little weirwold in britain, during world war ii. Dynamo youth theatre performed goodnight mister tom from the 5th 8th july 2017 in the pallant centre, the pallant, havant. The olivier awardwinning chichester festival theatre production of goodnight mister tom returns to london this christmas now a modern classic, michelle magorians wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by david wood. Its the perfect way to see a show, have a hot drink and meet other likeminded theatre goers. This musical version of the awardwinning book by michelle magorian is the story of william beech, an artistically gifted but abused young boy who escapes his brutal home life when he is evacuated to the countryside during world war ii. How goodnight mister tom was turned from book to stage play.
Zach gave us a new word to describe this production delumptious both scrumptious and delicious. Summary of good night mr tom by michelle magorian prezi. Contains strong language and scenes that some may find distressing. There, he is put into the care of tom oakley, a man who has been living as a recluse for over forty years. It is believed that the main target of invasion from the sea will be the south coast, and the biggest threat of mass bombing raids from the sky will be in london. Goodnight mister tom new theatre oxford atg tickets. In many ways goodnight mr tom is more successful as a book and a film.
How goodnight mister tom was turned from book to stage. Setting the scene old vic theatre, in conversation with mark rylance. Goodnight mister tom written bydavid wood place premieredchichester festival theatre subject1981 novel goodnight mister tom goodnight mister tom is a play by david wood, based on the childrens novel of the same name by michelle magorian. We are pleased to announce that professional companies wanting to perform goodnight mister tom the musical by the composer gary carpenter and michelle, can apply for a licence at mti music theatre international. In 1998, carlton television made an adaptation john thaw that was really well received and dare i say perhaps even more popular than the book. I loved that this plot never patronises its younger audience with wills life. A play by david wood based on a book by michelle magorian. Tom has kept to himself since the death of his wife, rachel, and baby son, william, almost 40 years earlier.
It is believed that the main target of invasion from the sea will be the south coast, and the biggest threat of mass bombing raids from the sky will be in. The congregation listen to war being declared over the wireless by prime minister chamberlain. The story of willies recovery from severe abuse is given an unusually rich and vivid setting in this complex, multilayered novel. Tom 1981, which won the guardian childrens fiction prize was born in southsea, portsmouth, in 1947. Aug 29, 2014 goodnight mister tom was the worst case of all and i dealt with only by checking it out six times during year 6 alone. Set during world war ii, it features a boy abused at home in london who is evacuated to the country at the outbreak of the war. Goodnight mister tom is a childrens novel by the english author michelle magorian, published. Kindly influence and personal healing in goodnight mister tom. Goodnight mister tom premiered in 2011 at the chichester festival theatre. Among them is william beech, a shy and easily startled boy who ends up having to live with mr. Goodnight, mister tom tv movie 1998 plot summary imdb. The play is troubled by shifts of locations and leaps of plot, resulting in innumerable scene changeovers that stymie the flow and pace. Goodnight mr tom cheap theatre tickets duke of yorks. Tom is a beautiful work of historical fiction, with a wellmade film to go along with it.
The first half of the book is about the opening of hearts and the welcoming of love and relationships. It has been adapted to screen and theatre and is one of my favourite books of all time. Whats on for christmas at the duke of yorks theatre. In previous years theyve given us a loud and joyous production of roald dahls the witches, a toottoottastic toad of toad hall, and most recently a sublimely poignant. After playing to packed houses across the uk, goodnight mr tom comes to the phoenix theatre for a christmas season. Nov 27, 2014 54 videos play all popular videos goodnight mister tom goodnight mister tom topic goodnight mister tom briefing notes penguin student design award 2020 duration. When i knew that my book goodnight mister tom was to be adapted as a stage. On the eve of wwii in september 1939, children were evacuated from englands cities, particularly. All goes well until williams mother persuades him to return to london for a few days visit. Goodnight mister tom is on each evening until saturday august 26 at. Join stageagent today and unlock amazing theatre resources and opportunities.
The minack youth theatre ensemble gave it their all in a series of the songs originally sung by vera lynn, who celebrated her 100th birthday last month. Other files 1 magorian michelle goodnight mister tom. Based on the 1981 childrens novel of the same name, goodnight mister tom follows the transformative journey of young evacuee, william beech, during the air raids of world war two, william is evacuated from london to a small village in the west country. Tom mr fletcher, his sons and william begin build an anderson shelter in toms garden. Goodnight mister tom grand opera house york atg tickets. How goodnight mister tom was turned from book to stage play michelle magorians classic second world war story has been a musical, tv drama, stage play and even a 15part swedish radio. Tom soon realizes that his little boarder comes from a horribly abusive home, and determines to provide him a better one. Set during the dark and dangerous buildup to the second world war, goodnight mister tom follows sad young william beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic. Tom is one of the best books ive ever read, and this dvd is an excellent representation of the book. The olivier awardwinning chichester festival theatre production of goodnight mister tom returns to the stage starring david troughton the archers. Welcome,you are looking at books for reading, the goodnight mister tom, you will able to read or download in pdf or epub books and notice some of author may have lock the live reading for some of country. Tom, a childrens novel by michelle magorian published in 1981, tells the story of a young boy facing abuse, who is relocated to the countryside to the care of an elderly recluse, mr. Book direct from the box office the best choice of seats and no delivery fees.
The story follows william beech freddy hawkins, a world war ii evacuee billeted in rural. Goodnight mister tom is a tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale that celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers. Goodnight mister tom duke of yorks theatre, duke of yorks theatre tickets may be purchased by following the book tickets links on this page. Britain, and australia and have been adapted for television, radio, and theatre. Dec 18, 2014 though goodnight mister tom is really a book intended for children, it has always been popular with adults as well and quite rightfully so. Based on the 1981 childrens novel of the same name, goodnight mister tom follows the transformative journey of young evacuee, william beech. A musical version of michelle magorians awardwinning book, regarded as a modern classic. Goodnight mister tom is a 1998 tv film adaptation by carlton television from the book of the same name by michelle magorian. Magorian tells the story of will beech, an evacuee who is placed in the hands of mr tom oakley at the start of wwii. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of good night, mr.
Britain is on the brink of war when young william beech is sent to live with tom oakley in the village of little weirwold. Ive never read michelle magorians 1981 novel for young readers on which david woods adaptation is based, but i was struck by the storys. Tom oakley is a sad, reclusive widower who slowly accepts the idea of having the boy live with him. Goodnight, mister tom tv is a film directed by jack gold with john thaw, nick robinson, annabelle apsion, thomas orange, year. Brought to life on stage in engaging style, different enough from the novel version and television adaptation to make it feel fresh, but closely. While living with tom, he discovers a skill he never knew he had, and at the. Goodnight mister tom follows the journey of a young boy, william beech, as he is evacuated from london during the airraids of world war ii and put into the care of tom oakley, an elderly recluse. Goodnight mr tom runs through 27th november 26th january 20. Goodnight, mister tom tv movie 1998 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Nov 30, 2012 whilst at first goodnight mr tom may seem like an odd choice of play over the festive season, the themes of redemption and love in the face of tears and bloodshed is perhaps more truthful and heart warming than any other christmas tale i can think of. Goodnight mister tom the alexandra theatre, birmingham.
Just send us an email and well put the best up on the site. Goodnight mr tom, bear pit theatre company, until 14th december at first glance goodnight mr tom might not seem an obvious choice for the bear pit theatre company seasonal offering. British childrens author michelle magorian author of the celebrated goodnight, mr. Goodnight mister tom is a childrens novel by the english author michelle magorian, published by kestrel in 1981. Goodnight mr tom, bear pit theatre company, until 14th december. The gruff and surly mr thomas oakley is less than pleased w. Michelle magorians novel goodnight mister tom is a moving tale of an eightyearold boy, william beech who is evacuated from londons deptford area to go and live in a village called little. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of goodnight mr. There were a few firstnight nerves, muffed lines and a slow pace that will improve as the week progresses, but the motto for alnwick theatre club after this experience should be always work with animals and children. It is here william finds more than just protection from the falling bombs and tom oakley also finds himself saved by young william. Expressive artswhether it be drawing, theater, or singingplay a large role in the unfolding of the plot.
He lives in a small village called little weirwold where the second world war is just beginning to have a slight effect on all the peaceful inhabitants. Published by josef weinberger limited isbn m570050482 1214. Originally a childrens book the michelle magorian published in 1981, the story is set in rural england just before the outbreak of the second world war. The play earned the laurence olivier award for best entertainment at the 20 laurence olivier awards. In september 1939, the united kingdom enters world war ii and children are. This multiawardwinning 2011 play by david wood was initially published as a childrens novel in 1981 by michelle magorian. Having seen the television version it gave them the confidence to step into a theatre. Were considering expanding this synopsis into a fulllength study guide to deepen your comprehension of the book and why its important.
Adapted by eminent childrens playwright david wood from the book by michelle magorian, goodnight mister tom is an emotional and moving story told here by students from the british theatre academy, all under the age of 23. Selected monologues from goodnight mister tom including video examples, context and character information. Pushing boundaries and bringing forward stories with hardhitting themes is something the cheltenham operatics society cods has of late not shied away from, with the likes of the producers, our house, and now goodnight mr tom, arguably the bleakest of the recent trio involving child violence and the horror of war, but teaches most importantly the value of. Tom includes a complete plot overview spoilers included. The film was directed by jack gold, and was his final film. Willie enjoys the work but is too embarrassed to take off his jersey and reveal his bruises.
Originally a childrens book the michelle magorian published in 1981, the story is set in rural england just before the. Therefore it need a free signup process to obtain the book. On the eve of wwii in september 1939, children were evacuated from englands cities, particularly london, due to the waves of nazi bombs that were soon to fall on the city during the london blitz. The book reads like a pageturner, though it is only in the central section, when tom journeys to london to find willie, that there is real action and suspense. Goodnight mr tom evolved from a collection of ten short stories all based around the idea of colour, inspired by a song in joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat, which she was performing in at the. Chapter 1 summary willie beech, an 8 year old, frail and frightened young boy, is evacuated to the country and is billeted to stay with a tom oakley, a gruff old man in his sixties. I watched goodnight mister tom because it was based on what we were learning and i recommend people to read the book or watch the film aimee, worcester, 05 february 2016 i have watched the film of goodnight mr. Goodnight mister tom tickets london from the box office. Tom soon discovers william has been a victim of child abuse and greatly needs his love and care. Fearing for will as he returns to the vipers nest is painful. Watching not only will learn to love, but also tom is a reading experience to savor.
Goodnight mister tom is running a grand opera house matinee club event on wednesday 30 th march. Excellent family film, although there are some fairly graphic scenes of child abuse. Gruff and with an accent that can be hard to understand an accent that is replicated in the text, john thaw makes a perfect mr. Goodnight mister tom, michelle magorian august 29, 2014 january, 2016 girl with her head in a book this one has been a firm favourite from the first time i read it back in the late 1990s. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of good night, mr. Tom premiered at the chichester festival theatre in sussex in february 2011 under the drection of angus jackson.
At the end of year seven i won the english prize of a fairly generous book voucher and my mother finally relented and allowed me to get my own copy to my great relief. Winner of the buxton quest fest for new musicals 1992 library theatre, manchester 7 april, 1995. One of the most uplifting stories ever written, michelle magorians stunning goodnight mister tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by david wood the uks national childrens dramatist the times. It is the story of william beech, an artisticallygifted but abused young boy who escapes his brutal home life when he is evacuated to the countryside during world war ii. Its a wonderful, heartwarming seasonal treat in the form of goodnight mister tom. Goodnight mister tom the musical michelle magorian.
He is a widower in his 60s who lives on his own in a cottage with his dog, sammy. However after spending a few months in the countryside, he is summoned back home to his mother where he is subjected to abuse, until he is rescued by mr tom. Goodnight mister tom duke of yorks theatre tickets. Tom by michelle magorian recounts one abused boys lifechanging relationship with a lonely, curmudgeonly, elderly man, whom he calls mr. We have had the video for years, but now have moved up to the dvd. Toms cottage as an unusually quiet little boy, gradually finds his voice through art. Tom tom is one of the two protagonists of the book. This production ambitiously sought to counter some of the. The cast featured well known british actors, including john thaw. Plot summary goodnight mister tom follows william beech, a young boy from london who is evacuated to the countryside to be kept safe from german bomb attacks. You will be purchasing your goodnight mister tom duke of yorks theatre tickets from lovetheatre which is part of the ambassadors theatre group. When children read lewiss book they may not understand the reasons why lewiss characters live.641 1168 846 1054 59 728 1021 1187 58 901 532 297 319 191 315 866 45 1223 1237 1173 361 629 1434 602 630 815 324 1052 507 688 327 63 335