David Troughton is one of Britain’s most talented character actors – and York has a chance to see him star in one of our best-loved stories this week.
Grand Opera House, York
Tues Mar 29-Sat Apr 2 @ 7pm; matinees Wed, Thur, Sat
He stars as Tom Oakley in the classic family tale Goodnight Mister Tom at the Grand Opera House.
He talked to YorkMix about the emotional pull of the story, having Doctor Who – aka Patrick Troughton – as your dad and starring as Tom Archer The Archers with his real-life son Will.
David’s half-brother Mark Troughton is the pastor of York Evangelical Church and David is looking forward to returning to the city.
‘His grumpiness is all me’
What was it about Goodnight Mister Tom that appealed to you?
Did you base your characterisation on Tom on anyone?
There’s death and quite dark drama in Goodnight Mister Tom: does it resonate with modern audiences?
Both the book and David Wood’s adaptation contain laughter and tears, and the themes the story tackles are universal.
How do you fit in both this production and your commitment in The Archers?
What’s it like having a fictional son who is also your son in real life?
Do you think that the Archers is a bit too racy nowadays – should we get back to more about the milk yields?
The Troughtons are quite the acting dynasty. Did you believe your dad really was Doctor Who when you were growing up?
How did you approach playing your father as Doctor Who in the audio adventures?
Would you like to be the 13th Doctor – and what sort of Time Lord would he be?
Your brother lives in York. Is it a city you know well? What do you like and dislike about the city?
For you, what have been the highlights of your career so far?
What have been the funniest or strangest things that have happened to you on stage or while filming?
In one film I did, Thomas Hardy’s, A Tragedy of two Ambitions, I fell into a river by accident while doing a take, and carried on with the scene soaking wet. It was only the film crew’s laughter that stopped the action!
How do you rate Yorkshire’s chances in the county championship this year?
And when are we going to see the return of Bob Buzzard?