The Wales Theatre Awards’ shortlist has been announced and there is no place for Tom – A Story of Tom Jones. Have those responsible for deciding the shortlist got it wrong?

All over Wales critics have had their say and our neighbours in England too have had an input. Let’s also not forget the audiences’ feedback which is arguably the most important. Are they all wrong and the caucus of critics that make the decisions right?




Critics’ Views


Daily Post

This show is not to be missed – whether you're one of Tom Jones’ biggest fans or are coming new to the Welshman’s long and illustrious party.



This sensational production, as Welsh and homegrown as Tom himself…


Essential Suffolk

Clever, pacey, sassy and sexy TOM left the audience on their feet in appreciation.


Big Issue

It may be premiering in a provincial theatre but TOM is a massive show which excels in all areas.


The Stage

With good Welsh humour, plenty of hit songs and a full ensemble gig finale……… you’ll want to dance in the aisles and continue the party afterwards.


Maidenhead Avertiser

The whole cast, of which there are only ten, were great in all their parts but were also great musicians…………..I really enjoyed the show and learning about Jones’s early years.


Bucks Free Press

This production impresses on all levels. A glowing cast perform Mike James’ intelligent script, accentuating its warming humour. Director, Geinor Styles and musical director, Ben Goddard have joined forces to create a highly-energized combination of music and theatre.


The Sprout

The verdict? If you’re looking for an enjoyable night out guaranteed to have you smiling by the curtains, this one’s for you. If you’re a Tom Jones fan, unless you get a chance to meet the man himself, this really is a close second.



A great feel good show that audiences of all ages will enjoy, go and see and take your frilly knickers with you. As of yet there are no plans for the show to go to the West End but with its charm it probably won’t be long. Best get along before it gets snapped up.


UK Theatre Network

Theatr na nOg’s story of the early days of the silver-haired judge on BBC’s The Voice is as gritty as the coal from South Wales, but nicely balanced with comedic performances and some cracking good music.


Some public views


Fantastic eve, all cast very talented actors musicians and singers. Tom a fab mover too. Recommend to all ages.

Jennie Welham

Absolutely tremendous show....The entire cast were excellent, whether acting, playing their instruments or signing...Funny or sad, a story with all Tom Jones famous songs, sung brilliantly (with those hips) by Kit Orton. NOT TO BE MISSED


Amazing! The music is spot on, and whole production is one not to be missed!


Abfab! Really enjoyed it and the music and singing was brilliant!

Paul Sherman

I saw this show tonight and was bowled over by it. So much so, I am going again tomorrow. It features one of those really talented casts who have all skills - acting, singing and playing instruments to perfection. The story is dramatic, well-written and well-acted but the end, with all the Tom Jones hits, had the audience on its feet. This show should make the West End, or there is no justice in the world

Jill Wright

First class performance.


Wasn't quite sure what to expect but myself and 3 friends thoroughly enjoyed the show last night and we particularly enjoyed singing along at the end. Good night out




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