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Radio Play for the KDA Radio Play Festival 

Radio Play for the KDA Radio Play Festival 

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We are very pleased to be back at The Guild Theatre to present our much-delayed play Goodnight Mister Tom. This play was originally due to be performed the week after Lockdown 1 was introduced in March 2020. We had been rehearsing since October 2019 in what was to be the first joint youth theatre and adult production at the Guild for a number of years. The set was built, the costumes sorted and lines learned, it was heart breaking to have to pack everything away and close the theatre.

But we have bounced back with renewed determination and almost all our original cast, some of our young actors are now too tall to play 11-year olds and you will see them taking other roles within the adult cast.

Michelle Magorian’s book published in 1981 was turned into a film in 1998 starring John Thaw, which many of you will have seen and then adapted for the stage in 2011. It was described in The Times as ” One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s National Children’s Dramatist”. This play won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2013.

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

Goodnight Mister Tom is a tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale that celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers.


Other events and productions to look out for (more details coming soon...)

June/July (date TBC): The Great Guild Deep Clean, in preparation for...

July (date TBC): The Great Guild Welcome Back Weekend! This will comprise of one or two performances and at least one social. Full details will be revealed in due course...

Saturday 18 September 2021: Macmillan Coffee Morning. 

Saturday 25 September 2021: Quiz Night for Anim-mates Animal Rescue Charity

Saturday 9 October2021 : Pink Party for Breast Cancer Charites

Sunday 17 October 2021: Cherie Tadman Comedy Night

Saturday 4 December 2021: Craft Fayre,

Saturday 11 December 2021: Christmas Concert

January 27 - 29 2022: Doris in Pantoland, a brand new pantomime, written and directed by Dani Baylis


April 2022: Play (TBC) 

May 19 - 21 & 26 - 28 2022: The Addams Family, directed (musically and physically) by Richard Gregg. Postponed from May 2020.

Guild Box Office: 07487 665545