Goodnight Children Everywhere
Cover of Faber & Faber edition, 1997
Written byRichard Nelson
Date premieredDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)
Place premieredThe Other Place
Stratford, England
SubjectLives changed by the evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II
SettingLondon, Spring 1945

Goodnight Children Everywhere is a 1997 play written by American playwright Richard Nelson that premiered at The Other Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The play is set in 1945 just after the end of World War II. Three sisters reunite with their brother who had been sent to live in the United States during the period of evacuations of civilians during the London bombings.[1]

Production history

Goodnight Children Everywhere, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, opened at The Other Place on December 11, 1997,[2] played at Newcastle-upon-Tyne (September 1998) and Plymouth (November 1998) and the Pit at the Barbican Theatre in London in February 1999.[3]

The play premiered in the United States in a Playwrights Horizons production at the off-Broadway Wilder Theater, opening in previews on May 7, 1999, officially on May 26, 1999, and closing June 20, 1999 after 29 performances. Directed by Nelson, the cast featured Robin Weigert, Kali Rocha, Heather Goldenhersh, Jon DeVries, Chris Stafford, John Rothman and Amy Whitehouse.

The West Coast premiere was in an American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco production in February - March 2001, again directed by Nelson.[4][5]

Awards and nominations



  1. ^ Ehren, Christine (21 February 2001). "Nelson's Goodnight Children Everywhere Opens at ACT Feb. 21". Playbill. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  2. ^ Timmel, Lisa. Garrett Eisler (ed.). "Richard Nelson". Twentieth-Century American Dramatists. Fifth Series, Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Cengage. 341.
  3. ^ Royal Shakespeare Theatre archives for "Goodnight Children Everywhere", all productions
  4. ^ Robert Hurwitt (18 February 2001). "He's Here, He's There, He's 'Everywhere'". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  5. ^ Richard Connema (24 March 2010). "Goodnight Children Everywhere". TalkinBroadway. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  6. ^ "The Laurence Olivier Awards: full list of winners 1976-2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.

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