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Goodnight Mister Tom - full casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of Goodnight Mister Tom, which runs at the Phoenix Theatre from November 22, 2012 to January 26, 2013.

Other original cast members joining the previously announced Oliver Ford Davies (as Mister Tom) will be Louise Collins, Joanne Howarth, Aoife McMahon, Freya Parker, Georgina Sutton, Alan Vicary, Jonathan Warde and Emma Drysdale.

Completing the cast will be Elisa de Grey, Bradley Hall and Osmund Bullock.

Previously Posted: After playing to packed houses across the UK in 2011, Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of Goodnight Mister Tom transfers to London, to the Phoenix Theatre, for a limited nine week season – from November 22, 2012 to January 26, 2013.

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.

Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale has been adapted for stage by David Wood, with Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies starring as Mister Tom.

Oliver Ford Davies’ theatre credits include the premiere of David Hare’s Racing Demon at the National Theatre (also in Los Angeles), for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. He has also appeared at the National Theatre in Murmuring Judges, Absence of War, The Shaughraun, Hamlet and The Shape of the Table.

He has also performed in over 25 productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VIII, Coriolanus, The Greeks and Waste. At the Almeida, his credits include the title role in King Lear, as well as major roles in Naked, Richard II, Coriolanus and Ivanov.

More recently, he starred in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Pirandello’s Absolutely! Perhaps at Wyndham’s Theatre and took the title role in Darwin in Malibu at Hampstead Theatre.

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and commended for the Carnegie Medal, this brand new production marks the 30th Anniversary of the publication of the novel. Now a world-wide literary favourite and BAFTA award-winning TV film (starring John Thaw), Goodnight Mister Tom continues to inspire audiences and bring generations together.

Long running musical Blood Brothers continues at the Phoenix Theatre until Saturday, October 27, 2012.