Lynn Players snap up rights to stage Goodnight Mr Tom

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Lynn Players have secured the rights to the stage version of Goodnight Mister Tom, which will be performed in March 2017.

The play has only just been released for amateurs following a very successful West End run and national tour.

Chris Fox, chairman of the Players said: “Children and adults alike will be very familiar with the wonderful book written by Michelle Magorian.

“The story follows a young and neglected refugee who is evacuated from London during The Blitz to Dorset where he is housed with a somewhat reluctant Mr Tom.

“Their developing father son relationship inspires both them and all around them, with many harrowing challenges along the way. The book was also successfully adapted for television starring the much loved John Thaw in the title role.”

The play will be performed at the Guildhall of St George in the Lynn Arts Centre which has been the subject of much controversy over the last couple of weeks.

Mr Fox added: “The King’s Lynn Players welcome the borough council’s current focus on the arts locally and the complex itself.

“The iconic Guildhall within the Arts Centre is loved by many local people and needs to be used on a more regular basis.

“We acknowledge that there is a need for change to provide a more accessible and flexible space. We hope that it will not be at the detriment of local amateur theatre groups, and will be working as closely as possible with the council to share our thoughts, concerns and ideas as the bid develops further.”

Goodnight Mister Tom will be performed in March 2017 and auditions will take place in November.

In the meantime, tickets are now on sale for Lynn Players’ next production, Legally Blonde, which will be performed at the Guildhall from November 16-19; you can book tickets now on 01553 764864.