‘Mister Tom’ playwright’s good luck message to King’s Lynn Players

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It’s curtain up on Thursday for King’s Lynn Players and their presentation of the ever-popular Goodnight Mister Tom.

And ahead of the opening night the Players have received a “good luck” message from children’s dramatist David Wood OBE, who wrote the play based on the book by Michelle Magorian.

He also revealed that he had performed in the town 51 years ago … and managed to split his trousers on stage!

David’s letter to the director Sharon Fox, her team and the cast reads:

“Lots of luck and all good wishes to Sharon and the Goodnight Mister Tom company. I was delighted to hear you were doing the play – it’s a beautiful story and it was a privilege and a labour of love to adapt it for the stage.

“King’s Lynn has special memories for me – in 1966 I performed in a revue I had co-written called Four Degrees Over and it was in the Guildhall of St George.

“We were four students who had just graduated from Oxford University – hence the title of the show! This was our very first performance on a tour that led us to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and eventually to the West End (Fortune Theatre).

“The date of the performance happened to be the same date as the legendary World Cup Final that England won! Not only that, the show time and kick-off time were the same!

“Realising that some of the audience would resent missing the match, at regular intervals we included score updates in between the songs and sketches!

“My personal memory of that King’s Lynn appearance was that my trousers split during the very first number, which meant I had to face out front until the interval when a swift repair was made.

“I’m sure such mishaps won’t beset your production of Mister Tom!! Have a great time.”

Goodnight Mister Tom opens at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 16, continues at the same time on Friday and Saturday and there’s also a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.

Tickets are £10, family of four (two adults and two children) £35, call the box office on 01553 764864.