Main House

Private Peaceful

by Michael Morpurgo; Adapted by Simon Reade
  • 12 - 16 April
Private Peaceful

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Weds, Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

Age guidance: 9+

Tue 12 — Sat 16 Apr

The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the loss of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord.

Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes.

Set against the epic backdrop of WW1, we join 18-year-old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he takes us on a journey through his most cherished memories and tells his story of courage, devotion, family and friendship.

Award-winning Private Peaceful was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. Acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion) as his favourite work, this thrilling new ensemble retelling by Simon Reade, directed by Elle While, explores the lengths a young soldier will go to, to fight for what is right.

“Young men and young women who grew up just like Private Peaceful, at home, safe with their families, went off in their millions to the battlefields of the First World War from all over the world. What followed was on a scale never witnessed in human history before.

It’s so important to me, and not because I wrote the story, that his story and the story of all the others, is told and told again. It’s wonderful to me that through this extraordinary play, the story is being told in theatres all over this country.” MICHAEL MORPURGO

Supported by Arts Council England

Age guidance: 9+

Running time: approx 2 hours including an interval



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Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 April 2022

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinees Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £20 – £35

Children £14.50 at all performances

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

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Daniel Boyd as Charlie
John Dougall as Father, Colonel and Chaplain
Robert Ewens as Big Joe
Tom Kanji as Munnings, Doctor and Grandma Wolf
Emma Manton as Miss McAllister
Daniel Rainford as Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful
And Liyah Summers as Molly.

Other parts are played by members of the cast, and Abigail Hood is understudy.

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Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

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There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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