TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN

@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."

13-21 March  2020

CREATIVES

Based on the book by

Philippa Pearce

Adapted by

David Wood

Directed by

Robert Readman

Assistant director

Ed Atkin

Music

Ed Atkin

CAST

Mrs Bartholomew

Beryl Nairn

Tom

Jack Hambleton & Jimmy Dalgleish

Uncle Alan

Andrew Isherwood

Aunt Gwen

Maggie Smales

Peter

Ed Atkin

Susan

Alex Mather 

Hatty

Olivia Caley

Aunt Grace

Beryl Nairn

Abel

Andrew Isherwood

James

Jack Hambleton & Jimmy Dalgleish

Edgar

James Flemming

Hubert

Ed Atkin

Small Hatty

Hannah Schofield

Voices

Flo Poskitt, Alex Mather, Ed Atkin

Tour guide

Flo Poskitt

Sightseers/Skaters

Ensemble