Heartwarming wartime evacuee tale takes to the stage

6th September 2019

A young city boy arrives in the country to escape the dangers of wartime London bombings – and cruelty from his mother.

Eight-year-old evacuee William Beech’s new life, billeted with a reclusive widower Tom Oakley is highlighted in the heartwarming story Goodnight Mister Tom, being staged at Sheringham Little Theatre this month.

The bitter-sweet tale, which mixes humour with sadness, explores the growing relationship between the two – with Sheringham primary pupil Tom Bryans as William and experienced “am dram” actor Graham Blyth as Tom.

The story was turned into a 1998 television film starring John Thaw. The Sheringham stage drama, featuring a 30-strong Little Theatre Players cast, runs from September 19-21 – and keeps the wartime momentum going immediately after the town’s popular 1940s weekend.