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Pick Me Up: Goodnight Mister Tom


John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate,  York

Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting story Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood.


Set during the build-up to the Second World War, it tells the story of a young evacuee, William Beech, who is sent from London to live in the countryside with a reclusive widower, Tom Oakley.

Tom has never got over the death of his wife 40 years earlier – but he is touched by the misery of the little evacuee who arrives ill-nourished, covered in bruises and unable to read.

The two forge a remarkable and heart-warming friendship as William learns to read and make friends – until he's suddenly summoned back to London by his formidable mother.

Tom was played by Craig Kirby – "a tremendous lead", said the York Press. Craig's past roles with Pick Me Up include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Samuel Byck in Assassins and Mr Briggs in Our Day Out. William was played by Jack Hambleton and fellow evacuee Zach by Zac Stewart.

Elanor Dunn – who brought Betty the pig to life in Pick Me Up's production of the musical Betty Blue Eyes – returned to create one of the play's most important characters, Mister Tom's loyal sheepdog Sammy.

22-26 March 2017

Written by 

David Wood

From the novel by 

Michelle Magorian

Directed by 

Robert Readman

William Beech

Jack Hambleton

Mister Tom Oakley

Craig Kirby


Elanor Dunn


Zac Stewart


Ava Bounds


Hattie Attwood


Henry Hudson

Billeting Officer

James McShane


Andrew Roberts

Mr Millar

Dale Chadwick

Miss Millar

Phoebe Cooper


Mr Hartridge

James McShane

Mrs Hartridge

Alexandra Mather


Andrew Roberts


Dr Little

James Coldrick

Miss Thorne

Helen Todd

Mrs Fletcher

Alexandra Mather


Mrs Beech

Juliet Waters


James Coldrick

Mr Stelton/Policeman

James McShane

Social Worker

Dale Chadwick


Phoebe Cooper


Alexandra Mather


Flossie Attwood

Grace Brown

Harry Chacks

Lexi Copley

Romy Copley

Alex Edmondson

Polly England

Kate Hambleton

James Flemming

Alexis Jagger

Ava Laverack

Lucy Leaf

Archie Millgate

Sam Piercy

Charlie Stevens

Barney Todd

Tabitha Todd



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