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Bedford Theatre's 100th professional touring show in line with the Centenary of the First World War.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse.
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.
“Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier’s final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the strength of human spirit.”
“The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show.” The Scotsman
“An infinitely touching, intensely acted account of a young First World War Soldier’s final day.” Sunday Express
“As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…” The Sunday Herald
“Morpurgo’s magic, a masterly adaptation by Simon Reade .... This is one hour of your own life you will never forget.” Daily Mail
Age recommendation 8 years+