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Goodnight Mr Tom
If you're looking for a Christmas treat in theatreland, something family-friendly that grown ups genuinely enjoy, you can't go far wrong with Goodbye Mr Tom. It's already an award-winner, produced by David Wood. This time it stars David Troughton as old Tom himself. The star of the show, though, is young William Beech, a boy who is evacuated, like thousands of other English children, to safety in the countryside. But William is escaping much more than the Blitz. His mum has always abused him, physically and mentally, and he arrives in Dorset in a terrible state.
William is billeted with Mr Tom, an old, lonely and reclusive man who slowly, steadily brings William back to life with his endless kindness and unconditional love. When the boy's mother decides she wants him back in London and tears the friends apart, they're both devastated. But William is stronger now, thanks to Tom, and he's better able to cope with his situation at home. What's next? Suffice it to say you'll be laughing one minute, weeping the next... but in a good way. It's touching, funny and always heart-warming, a really lovely show for a lovely festive season. Book now!
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Lovely story,great production Susan, 25 Jan 2016
Memories of Wartime
This is the second time that I have seen this play - on both occasions in the company of my grandchildren. It strongly evokes my personal memories of my evacuation, but whilst I felt very upset at being away from home, I knew that when I returned it would be to a loving family. In their different ways William and Mr. Tom share a tragic story story, but the love that Mr.Tom gives to William brings back to him the family that he had long ago so sadly lost.
It is a play set in darker times, but it underlines of the importance of a loving family life that is as true to-day as then. Frank Farmer FHG, 09 Jan 2016
We watched the show as a family, our 7 and 9 year olds were writhing with excitement and emotion. A fantastic production which transported us back to the '40's. Fantastic acting and the intimacy of the theatre completed our experience.
Angela, 31 Dec 2015
Really lovely. Authentic
Pity upper circle was virtually empty olly, 19 Dec 2015
The actors were good, so was the music. The stage was a bit too bare. Especially the part in Dorset, there could have been more scenery. A village scene could have been created and the woods or countryside more elaborated. It would have greatly contributed to the atmosphere. I suppose the lack of scenery is due to lack of funds. Maria, 07 Jan 2013