STAFF from Darlington Civic Theatre arrived at work in their pyjamas ahead of the stage production of a popular fantasy novel.

Children’s classic Tom’s Midnight Garden will be visiting Darlington this week, until Saturday (March 29).

Adapted for the stage by David Wood from the book by Philippa Pearce, the story poses the eternal conundrum - is it possible to travel back in time?

Tom has always believed it cannot be done, but when the grandfather clock in the hallway chimes 13 times, he is transported to a secret garden from the past.

Presented by the Birmingham Stage Company, the show is recommended for youngsters aged five and upwards.

Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £9 for children.

To book, call 01325-486555 or visit