Michael Morpurgo’s critically acclaimed novel, Private Peaceful, Will be Making its Epic Entrance at Belgrade Theatre
Set in rural Devon and the battlefields of Northern France, Private Peaceful at Belgrade Theatre tells the story of the Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, whose tough rural childhood, framed by the loss of their father, forges an irrevocable sibling loyalty… until one day, they both fall for the same girl – and then the Great War comes.
Here, 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 on what may be his last night on earth.
Private Peaceful stars 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. Abigail Hood is understudy.
Private Peaceful was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Red House Children’s Book Award and won the Blue Peter Book Award. Acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo as his favourite work, this professional premiere is a new ensemble version by Simon Reade. It tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn’t understand for people he cannot respect.