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Private Peaceful

By Michael Morpurgo. Adapted by Simon Reade

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.

The 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.


Running time

2 hours including an interval

Presented By

Jonathan Church Theatre Productions. A Nottingham Playhouse production.

Directed By

Elle While

Adapted By

Simon Reade

Age Guidance

Suitable for ages 9+

Access Performances

Relaxed Performance: Wed 20 April, 2.00pm

Audio Described Performance: Thu 20 April 2.00pm

Captioned Performance: Thu 20 April 2.00pm

The Creative Team


Elle While


Simon Reade


Lucy Sierra

Lighting Designer

Matt Haskins

Sound Designer

Dan Balfour

Movement Director

Neil Bettles


Frank Moon

Voice and Dialect Coach

Marianne Samuels
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