Drawing: David Troughton in Goodnight Mister Tom

David Troughton

Veteran stage and screen actor David Troughton returned to the West End to play the title character, elderly recluse Tom Oakley in the stage version of Michelle Magorian’s 1998 novel GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM. The Olivier Award-winning  2011 Chichester Festival Theatre production, adapted by David Wood. originally transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in November 2012 for a nine week run.

During the dangerous build-up to the Second World War, GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM follows young William Beech’s evacuation to the idyllic English countryside where he forms a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the curmudgeon Tom.

David’s such a wonderful character actor. I remember seeing him in INHERIT THE WIND, opposite Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic in 2009. Both actors signed a sketch for me. This drawing of David’s ‘Tom’ was signed on the last day at the Duke of York’s before the production moved to Manchester to start the 2016 UK Tour.

Drawing: Kevin Spacey and David Troughton in Inherit The Wind

Inherit the Wind

Trevor Nunn’s INHERIT THE WIND featured Kevin Spacey as Henry Drummond and David Troughton as Matthew Harrison – two legal titans confronting each other with freedom of thought on trial. It’s based on the 1925 ‘Monkey’ trial when science teacher John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee State law by teaching Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Staged at London’s Old Vic, Kevin and David kindly blue-biroed my black biro sketch in the autumn of 2009.