Win family tickets for Goodnight Mister Tom

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In the first few months of the Second World War some 800,000 children left their homes in towns and cities for the safety of the countryside.

The story of one young boy’s journey is told in Goodnight Mister Tom, a play by David Wood based on the book by Michelle Magorian.

And next month this modern classic is being staged by King’s Lynn Players at Lynn Arts Centre from March 16-18. We have two pairs of family tickets on offer for this production in today’s competition … just read on.

Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley.

William finds more than just protection from the falling bombs while Tom also finds himself saved by young William. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London.

Goodnight Mister Tom is now a world-wide literary favourite and the TV film starring John Thaw as Tom Oakley won a BAFTA award.

The King’s Lynn Players have been rehearsing for the stage production for many weeks and, as reported in the Lynn News, the cast were thrilled to receive a good luck message from Call The Midwife and Coronation Street actress Annabelle Apsion, who played William’s mother in the TV film.

For your chance to win one of the family tickets to Goodnight Mister Tom for the 2.30pm matinee performance on Saturday, March 18, just answer this question:

Who played the role of Tom Oakley in the BAFTA-award-winning TV film?

Put your answer on a postcard or the back of a stuck-down envelope and send to Goodnight Mister Tom, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL. You can also email your answer to chris.hornby@iliffepublishing.co.uk and please type in Goodnight Mister Tom in the subject box, also adding your name, address and a contact telephone number with the answer. The closing date for entries is Thursday, February 23.

Goodnight Mister Tom opens on Thursday, March 16 and continues nightly at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18; there is also the matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 each, or £35 for a family of four, call the box office on 01553 764864 to book or for more details.

Please note, the prize tickets are for the matinee performance of the show on Saturday, March 18, and cannot be exchanged for another performance or for a cash alternative.