Previewed 27 February 2006, Opened 28 February 2006, Closed 25 March 2006 at the Trafalgar Studios 2
Returned 3 September 2007, Closed 29 September 2007 at the Trafalgar Studios 2
Returned 18 September 2012, Closed 29 September 2012 at the Haymarket Theatre
Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful in London, adapted and directed for the stage by Simon Reade.
The 2012 staging at the Haymaret Theatre featured Mark Quartley and Paul Chequer who alternated the role of 'Private Tommo Peaceful'.
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
This remarkable, award-winning production of the novel by Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo is back by popular demand following a sell-out tour and West End run at The Trafalgar Studios (27 February to 25 March 2006). The inspiration for Private Peaceful came from Morpurgo's visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War. Private Peaceful won the Blue Peter Children's Book of the Year in 2005.
Scamp Theatre presents The Bristol Old Vic production of Private Peaceful in London for a strictly limited four week season following an earlier successful four season at The Trafalgar Studios in February 2006.
Please Note: Private Peaceful is suitable for ages eight plus.