Bus Stop Review of Goodnight Mister Tom

Last week, Thea one of our Bus Stop Kids went to see the recently opened theatre show Goodnight Mister Tom at the Duke of York’s Theatre, (St Martins Lane WC2). She had a great evening out with her lovely Dad, and has given us a sparkling review below.

(ps. thank you Hannah and the Press Team).


Goodnight Mister Tom is an emotional and entertaining theatre production by David Wood, from the novel written by Michelle Magorian for ages 8+. It follows the story of a boy who was sent away from London to escape the bombs, and went to the country where he finds new friends and a family.

8. (L-R) Hollie Taylor (Ginnie) and Martha Seignior (Carrie) in Goodnight Mister Tom 2015 Credit Dan Tsantilis.jpg.jpg

I liked all of the words that Zach made-up especially ‘scrumpdeliumtious’ a cross between scrumptious and delicious.

I found the story funny in some places and sad in others and has made me think a lot about how William felt. He lived a very very different life compared to us. It is interesting and sad to think that this happened over 70 years ago and sometimes still happens today.

4. Alex Taylor-McDowall (William) and Elisa de Grey (Puppeteer for Sammy the dog) in Goodnight Mister Tom 2015 Credit Dan Tsantilis.jpg.jpg

Even though it was quite grown-up I understood most things and my dad explained some of the things to me like what some of the words meant and things that happened in the war.

9. David Troughton (Tom Oakley) and Alex Taylor-McDowall (William) in Goodnight Mister Tom 2015 Credit Dan Tsantilis.jpg.jpg

I would tell my friends to go, especially the Bus Stop Kids because I think they would like all the made up words.


Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Michelle Magorian’s much loved children’s classic, Chichester Festival Theatre’s Olivier award-winning production of Goodnight Mister Tom returns to the West End just in time for Christmas. Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley, played by David Troughton.  All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London.


Performance Times ; Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed*, Thu & Sat mats at 2.30pm : Tue 22 Dec & Tue 29 Dec at 2.30pm *Except Wed 20 Jan, Wed 27 Jan, Wed 3 Feb, Wed 10 Feb at 1.30pm

Prices : start from £15

Running Time : 2h 15mins


23 – 27 February 2016

Manchester Opera House
3 Quay St, Manchester, Lancashire M3 3HP http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester/

1 – 5 March 2016

Milton Keynes Theatre
500 Marlborough Gate, Buckinghamshire MK9 3NZ http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre/

8 – 12 March 2016

Glasgow Theatre Royal
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-glasgow/

15 – 19 March 2016

Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre
Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4DS http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/

22 – 26 March 2016

Oxford New Theatre George St, Oxford OX1 2AG

29 March – 2 April 2016

York Grand Opera House
Cumberland St, York YO1 9SW http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york/

5 – 9 April 2016

Richmond Theatre
Little Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1QJ http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre/

12 – 16 April 2016

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Exchange St, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/

19 – 23 April 2016

Woking New Victoria Theatre
The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre/

Booking line for all ATG venues: 0844 871 3051

26 – 30 April 2016

Bath Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal Bath, Saw Cl, Bath BA1 1ET http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/
01225 448844
*Will go on sale on December 2015 – check website for details

3 – 7 May 2016

Cambridge Arts Theatre
6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

01223 503333

*Will go on sale on 14 December 2015 – check website for details

10 – 14 May 2016

Cardiff New Theatre

Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3LN

029 2087 8889

17 – 21 May 2016

Newcastle Theatre Royal

100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR

0844 811 2121