Goodnight Mister Tom


With Blood Brothers closing after 21 years, Goodnight Mister Tom came to the Phoenix Theatre for a limited 9-week season. The production ran from 27 November 2012 through 26 January 2013, with previews from 22 November.

Based on the beloved modern classic by Michelle Magorian and adapted for the stage by David Wood, Goodnight Mister Tom tells the heart-warming story of Willie, a young boy who suffers abuse at the hands of his mother before being evacuated from London during the Blitz. He is sent to live with the curmudgeonly Mister Tom, an elderly recluse in rural England. They form a rare bond before Willie is sent back to live with his abusive mother, and Tom must brave the outside world to rescue his adopted son.

This production premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year before embarking on a national tour. It has embarked on a new national tour following its limited West End run. It is the latest in a string of hits to emerge from Chichester, including Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, and South Downs/The Browning Version.

Cast Information

After originating the role at Chichester, Oliver Ford Davies played Mr. Tom. His extensive stage credits include West End appearances in Written on the Heart, Hamlet with David Tennant, and Heartbreak House. He won an Olivier Award for Racing Demon at the National, where his additional credits have included All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, and Saint Joan. He has appeared in more than 32 productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company including Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and As You Like It.

Angus Jackson directed, and Davies was joined by members of the original Chichester cast including Joanne Howarth (Bingo, Young Vic), Freya Parker (Headlong’s Six Characters in Search of an Author), Alan Vicary (The Power of Yes, National Theatre), and Jonathan Warde (Danton’s Death, National Theatre). Joining them were newcomers Elisa de Grey (Brilliant, Fevered Sleep), Bradley Hall (South Downs, West End) and Osmund Bullock (Autumn & Winter, Orange Tree).


  1. Having read the book twice and seen the film twice our party of four selected Goodnight Mr Tom as Christmas present to each other. Excellent choice. Brilliant show, especially the dog.

    Dennis & Linda Moore, Bishops Stortford, Herts
    Gina & Steve Burton, Brentwood, Essex

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