Goodnight Mister Tom, Stage Version of Children's Classic, to Follow Blood Brothers Into West End's Phoenix

News   Goodnight Mister Tom, Stage Version of Children's Classic, to Follow Blood Brothers Into West End's Phoenix Goodnight Mister Tom, a stage version of Michelle Magorian's U.K. children's classic, is to begin performances at the West End's Phoenix Theatre Nov. 22, prior to an official opening Nov. 27, for a run through Jan. 26, 2013. It follows Blood Brothers, which has played there for over 20 years, which shutters Oct. 27.

Angus Jackson's production of Goodnight Mister Tom, adapted for the stage by David Wood, one of the U.K.'s leading writers and directors of plays and musicals for children, was first seen at Chichester Festival Theatre and has subsequently toured the U.K. Following its Phoenix run, it will tour again, beginning at Manchester Opera House Jan. 28, before visiting Sunderland Empire, Milton Keynes Theatre, Brighton Theatre Royal, York Grand Opera House, Woking New Victoria Theatre, Southend Palace Theatre, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Glasgow King’s Theatre and Birmingham Alexandra.

Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom 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 devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

The original novel won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and was commended for the Carnegie Medal. It has previously been made into a BAFTA Award-winning TV film that starred the late John Thaw.

Oliver Ford Davies reprises his original performance as Mr. Tom. He recently appeared in the film "The Deep Blue Sea" alongside Rachel Weiss, and has appeared in three of the "Star Wars" films. On television as well as appearing in "Rosemary and Thyme," "Midsomer Murders" and "Spooks," he also played the role of Maester Cressen in the award-winning HBO series "Game of Thrones." His extensive stage credits include winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor for the original National Theatre production of David Hare's Racing Demon. He has appeared in 26 productions for the RSC.

Fiery Angel, The Ambassador Theatre Group, Fiery Dragons & The Children's Touring Partnership present the Chichester Festival Production. To book tickets for the West End run, contact the box office on 0844 871 7629, or visit www.atgtickets.com/phoenix.

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