Revealing life of a wartime evacuee at Milton Keynes theatre

The dark and dangerous world of a wartime evacuee will be brought to light in a stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, going to Milton Keynes Theatre next week.

The emotional tale is focused around the life of William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside during World War Two and builds up a friendship with elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London and a troubled home life.

Author Michelle was inspired to write the book after hearing her mother’s tales about her time as a nurse in the war. Published in 1981, it has since been translated into 11 languages.

Olivier award winner Oliver Ford Davies will take on the role of Mister Tom in this production; the part played by actor John Thaw in the BAFTA award-winning TV film version of the book.

The role of William will be played alternately by Arthur Gledhill Franks, Jamie Goldberg and Ewan Harris.

The show will run at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday, February 12 to Saturday, February 16. Tickets cost from £10 to £23.50. To book, log on to www. or call 0844 8717652.