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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Private Peaceful – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Director and adaptation: Simon Reade Original Book: Michael Morpurgo Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Writing a performance for children about the atrocities and complexities of the First World War is a difficult task. Many may think that the subject matter is something to shy away from the delicate ears of children, but acknowledge that to neglect educating the next generation about our ...

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Private Peaceful – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name, the National Youth Theatre’s production of Private Peaceful attempts to bring the First World War to life for young people, and bridge the gap between then and now. A personal story of familial love, loyalty and the quest for ...

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NEWS: 100 Years on, but never forgotten

100 years ago, Britain had entered into the First World War. It was a war which would claim the lives of over 16 million people and injuring a further 20 million, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in recorded history. This season, theatres in Leeds are remembering the lives and stories of those who served throughout the First World ...

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Private Peaceful – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Claire Hayes An unknown soldier of the First World War finds his voice as Private Thomas Peaceful in this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which has been revived by Poonamallee Productions for the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities. Tommo, played by William Troughton, brings us face to face with ...

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Private Peaceful – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director/Adapter: Simon Reade Reviewer: James Garrington In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, it is inevitable that there will be a raft of shows commemorating the event. Private Peaceful is one such play. It is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, a man who has written a huge number of children’s stories, ...

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NEWS: Midsummer Songs for New Wolsey Autumn Season

Ipswich’s The New Wolsey Theatre has today announced details of their autumn 2014 season. A venue that already has a strong reputation for nurturingnew musicals, the centrepiece of the season will be the world première of Peter Rowe &Ben Goddard’s Midsummer Songs. The show, opening at the Suffolk venue in September, follows a group of friends who 25 years previously ...

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Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Morpurgo (adapted by Simon Reade) Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Alice McGuigan The silhouette of a soldier crosses the dim-lit stage of no-man's land. Arriving at a thin, wiry bed, he strips off his uniform to reveal a young boy in braces, sounding a cheerful West Country accent. Based on the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful is ...

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