Goodnight Mister Tom The Play On Tour


Elisa De Grey

Elisa De Grey – Actress & Puppeteer of Sammy The Dog

Here’s a delightful interview where Nick Coffer of Three Counties Radio discusses the 2016 UK Tour of the Olivier winning production of Goodnight Mister Tom with actress and Puppeteer Elisa De Grey.




Elisa takes Sammy to visit William ((Alex Taylor McDowell)

Elisa takes Sammy to visit William ((Alex Taylor McDowell)

If you didn’t manage to catch Goodnight Mister Tom – The Play in the West End over Christmas, don’t worry, you can see the touring production across the UK until 21st May 2016.

Here are some reviews from Manchester to tempt you:

“It’s not a story about an old man rescuing an evacuee. It’s a tale about two people who ultimately save each other. Having both encountered such tragedy in their lives they finally realise that when it comes to a losing a loved one ‘it’s better to accept it than to pretend that they never existed’. It’s a tear-jerker if nothing else. But it’s also one you’d be silly to miss.”

Manchester Evening News

“This is a play that truly is cross-generational. What is admirable about Woods’ script is that it plays up to any children watching and asks them to step up to the mark. It is recommended for ages 8+ as it deals with some fairly tough subject matter in places. It is also a lesson in how the war affected all parts of the country and not just those sheltering from the bombing in London. A story of adoption, love, mending, connection and loneliness this is a play that, despite its complexities, can speak to a mix of generations. Although at times it can feel a little melodramatic and sentimental, it hits hard at the heart-strings of its audience. This is a wonderful theatre experience for any parent wanting to share the power of live theatre – Wonderful!”

“With war as the backdrop of the production, casualties are always expected and even as a veteran to this story, when they come they’re not any less difficult to sit through. The actors ellicit real emotion from the audience, packing a punch with their beautifully poignant performances. It may be cliché to say, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the theatre when all was said and done.

Though there are tender moments this is a story that allows the good of the world to take the spotlight as well as the bad. It’s reflective of real life and for that it must be praised. We may wish that things turned out differently for some of the characters, but that wouldn’t be realistic. Goodnight Mister Tom is as real as they come.”

“The stripped back production used only the necessities to create an enchanting hold on those lucky enough to be watching……….Goodnight Mister Tom at The Opera House is a must see for anyone who enjoys a touching wartime narrative, a father-son love story, or for anyone who enjoys good theatre. Simple, stunning, superb.”

Here are the performance dates and you can get more information on the GMT – The Play Website.

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New Reviews For The Novel Impossible!

Awfully Big Review of Michelle Magorian's Impossible

Pippa Goodhart reviews IMPOSSIBLE! on Saturday, 4 July 2015 for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure


“……This is a world of radiograms, Premium Bonds, sputnicks, cruetts, snobbishness about ITV, and more to puzzle modern children but evoke smiles of recognition in older readers.  Its a story about different theories of how to act on stage, making it a fascinating read for any, old or young, who are interested in drama. Read more >>>>

New Book Jackets

new book jacket for Magorian's Cuckoo In The NesToday Egmont Publishing rebrands A Spoonful Of Jam and Cuckoo In The Nest with brand new book jackets.

They retail in paperback for £7.99 each and new covers for Just Henry and A Little Love Song will be released on the 7th May.




‘The novels are standalone stories but there is chronological progression and often subtle links between subsidiary characters, so we wanted them to look collectable as well as beautiful”
Egmont Publishing

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The Bookwitch – Michelle Magorian In The Limelight

Bookwitch interviews Michelle Magorian

Here’s a lovely interview that Michelle did with The Bookwitch

Michelle Magorian in the Limelight

“If anyone had told me ten years ago that I’d be able to put together a few questions for Michelle Magorian, and that she’d actually answer them for me, and take the time to check that she hadn’t written too much (too much? – Impossible!), would have seemed close to unbelievable.

There is a love and respect for Michelle both among ‘ordinary’ readers and among her peers, which stands out. She’s not the most famous author in the world, nor the richest, but there is something about the way people have a special room in their hearts for her and Mister Tom.

I loved her new novel Impossible! and I felt I wanted to ask her about it, and why it took so much longer to appear in print than you’d expect from a ‘Michelle Magorian novel.’ Why didn’t publishers tear it from her hands? Here is Michelle with – nearly all – the answers:” Read more >>>>

Living Together Again

Living Together Again

Cuckoo In the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam

 (Written at the request of members of Book Clubs.)

May 2013

Original Cover of Cuckoo In The Nest By Michelle Magorian Illustrated by Anthony Kerins

Original Jacket by Anthony Kerins

It was while I was carrying out research for my second novel Back Home that I became aware of the problems facing families who had to adjust to living together after having been separated during the Second World War.

(Penguin Customer Service Number for Back Home is 0870 607 7600) Back Home tells the story of a girl returning to England from America after five years. Like many shocked, disorientated and lonely sea-evacuees she is faced with bombed streets, rationing, having to live with relatives who are strangers and being expected to behave like an English girl.

After its publication a theatre director approached me and told me that evacuees in England also had difficulties living with their families again. He had been sent to Devon where he had lived for years with two elderly unmarried sisters. He had loved his time there and had planned to be a farmer.

His father, however, on returning from serving overseas, insisted that he come home and begin an apprenticeship. He was bitterly unhappy. What helped him cope was his evening work at two Variety theatres.

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Best Entertainment And Family Olivier Award For The Play Of Goodnight Mister Tom

Yesterday it was announced that the play of Goodnight Mister Tom has won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment And Family!

“I’m absolutely delighted for the cast. They are an incredibly talented and lovely group of people and Oliver Ford Davies is stunning as Mister Tom, making people laugh one minute and well up with tears the next. After the West End run, when they were touring they were often doing two shows and sometimes three shows a day on top of having to find places to live.

By an extraordinary coincidence, the choreographer of the musical version of Goodnight Mister Tom, Bill Deamer, who saved the day on its opening night in Manchester in 1995 also won an award tonight for Best Choreographer (Top Hat).

The boy playing William had fallen ill and lost his voice. There was a packed house and it looked as though the performance would have to be cancelled.

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Play As Cast – Not Typecast

Michelle Magorian plays a "down and out" in Mayor Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

‘Play as cast’ were the words written on a long term acting contract with a repertory theatre company. I was not only fortunate enough to have been offered these contracts but my work was mostly in theatres that were three and a half weekly rep.

For six days a week these companies would have three weeks to rehearse a new play or musical followed by the technical and dress rehearsals, while giving six evening performances and two matinees of the preceding production. Each month we would be given the cast list for the following play/musical and would be expected to play whatever was thrown at us. Occasionally I was cast as more than one character in the same piece.

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Farewell To Jack Gold

Jack Gold Director of Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle magorianIt was with great sadness that we heard of the death of the director Jack Gold at the age of 85.

He had a long and successful career directing films along with many hard-hitting documentaries including Death In The Morning about fox hunting presented by Alan Whicker, for which he was awarded the first of four BAFTA Awards.

In 1975 he directed the brilliant film A Naked Civil Servant starring John Hurt as the flamboyant Quentin Crisp, for which Jack was awarded the BAFTA Desmond Davis Award For Contribution To Television. Read more >>>>