Goodnight Mister Tom

by  David Wood, Michelle Magorian

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 6f

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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 6f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times).
Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young 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.

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  • The play won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2013.


‘…works like a charm…the play will speak to children, without question – but it may well be adults, looking back at a long-ago England while catching reactions of their own younger, fearful selves, it moves the most. Recommended.’ Daily Telegraph

‘…tugs the heart strings…moments of enchanting comedy…splendidly faithful to the book…a big success.’ Independent
‘It ends as children’s theatre should: adults audibly snivelling and children breathlessly attentive. Here’s a suggestion: ever since the role of children’s laureate was created, the title has gone to novelists, a poet and the illustrator Quentin Blake. It should now go to a playwright, to acknowledge that theatre too has a vital role. David Wood has been making quality children’s plays for 43 years. Herewith my nomination.’ The Times


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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: £18 per performance



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Ensemble cast - doubling possible. M7 F6 plus puppeteer.
25 speaking parts plus opportunities for extras in the ensemble.


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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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Michelle Magorian

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