13-21 March  2020


Based on the book by

Philippa Pearce

Adapted by

David Wood

Directed by

Robert Readman


To be announced 


@41monkgate, York

This is a wonderful stage version of Philippa Pearce’s much-loved 1950s story of a young boy's nightly journey back to a Victorian past.


Quarantined in his Aunt’s and Uncle’s stuffy flat because his brother has measles, Tom is restless and bored.

Intrigued by a Grandfather clock, religiously wound by the elderly owner of the house, Mrs Bartholomew, Tom is startled one night to hear the clock strike thirteen!


Slipping out of bed he goes to what in his time is a concrete backyard, only to discover a beautiful Victorian garden of the 1880s.

He meets an unhappy orphan, Hatty, who initially is the only person who can see him, and he visits her each night at the same hour, writing enthusiastically to his brother, Peter, about his adventures.


But although Tom stays the same exuberant 10-year-old, Hatty grows into a young woman during these visits. Before the story can reach its outcome, Tom has to return to his parents, but the truth is revealed in a touching denouement.

David Wood writes : "I was thrilled that Philippa Pearce entrusted me with the task of bringing her brilliant book to the stage for the first time."