Reviews

Daily Telegraph
★★★★

“This adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s most successful book for children works like a charm”

The Independent
★★★★

“Enchanting. At the end, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. This show is going to be a big success – and I wouldn’t mind the Kleenex franchise.”

The Times
★★★★

“It ends as children’s theatre should: adults audibly sniveling and children breathlessly attentive”

Mail on Sunday
★★★★

“A great evening… Angus Jackson’s wonderfully well staged, powerfully performed, atmospheric production… I’m still sniffling”

Daily Express
★★★★
“The ever-excellent Oliver Ford Davies turns in a beautifully honed performance… an often moving production and I for one admit to shedding the odd tear”

Guardian
“Box-office gold…Oliver Ford Davies’s beautifully judged, quietly impressive performance as Tom… The story tugs at the heartstrings”

Financial Times
“Angus Jackson’s fluent, appealing production is led by Oliver Ford Davies, who is a natural as the rumbling but immensely good-hearted Mister Tom”

WhatsonStage.com
★★★★★

“Oliver Ford Davies is spellbinding as Mister Tom… I defy you not to shed a tear. An excellent evening for young, old and everyone in between”

Metro
★★★★
“Grippingly staged… a flawless performance”

The Stage
“Better than John Thaw in the 1998 TV version… the play, like the novel, presses all the buttons”

The Birmingham Mail
★★★★★

“This is a truly wonderful play… a triumph, not to be missed!”

Wolverhampton Express & Star
Goodnight Mister Tom is a winner all round… a very good night and highly recommended – just don’t forget your hankies!”

The Public Reviews
★★★★★
Goodnight Mister Tom is one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a long time…The story is beautiful, the cast are outstanding, the set is clever and versatile… Please go and see this or you will really miss out on what I believe could be the best piece of children’s theatre of 2011″

Manchester Evening News
★★★★

“Breath-taking… hitting the right note for all ages”

Messenger, Salford
★★★★
“The kids in the audience loved this but make no mistake, Goodnight Mister Tom will touch a few grown up hearts too”

Coventry Telegraph
★★★★
“A triumph… Oliver Ford Davies gives a truly memorable performance as old Mister Tom”

Dartford News Shopper
★★★★

“Executed with such warmth and charm”

West Briton, Cornwall
“Both William, played by Toby Pryne, and Zach, played by Emilio Crescenzo, stole the show, affording the audience enormous joy as well as pulling our heart to pieces”

The Herald, Plymouth
“What the audience takes home is a celebration of the human spirit’s resilience, altruism and capacity for love”

Norwich Evening News
“It’s really powerful stuff, and the cast is just fantastic… Oliver Ford Davies is pitch perfect as Mister Tom, and the younger cast are just outstanding… This production will inspire and engage all ages. Don’t miss it”

Malvern Gazette
“David Wood’s play is indeed a life-affirming piece of theatre”

Yorkshire Evening Post
“All the performances were top-class… As the cast took their curtain call, the star quality of this production was written on the tear-streaked and smiling faces of parents and kids throughout the theatre”

The British Theatre Guide
“David Wood’s adaptation, for the newly established Children’s Touring Partnership, is wonderful… Ford Davies brilliantly manages to convey both cantankerousness and tenderness with the greatest aplomb”

Kent Messenger
Goodnight Mister Tom celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers. David Wood’s stage adaptation brings it gloriously to life…The best way of judging whether a production is successful or not is by the audience’s reaction. The standing ovation on opening night was thoroughly deserved by cast and crew - and Sammy the dog lapped up the applause”

Time and Leisure, Kingston
“I challenge even the most hard hearted of adults to remain unmoved by the beautiful, uplifting and all round cheerful story of William Beech and Mister Tom”


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