Join us for a first glimpse of Michael Morpurgo’s poignant and heartfelt drama.

With our production of Private Peaceful postponed from last spring until 2022, this rehearsed reading of the play gives you a rare insight to the production and a first glimpse of our cast in action.

The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood but their fierce loyalty to each other just about pulls them through. Until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes…

We join 18 year old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth.

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 (War HorseThe Butterfly Lion) as his favourite work, this reading is taken from a new ensemble-version by Simon Reade and will be performed live from our actors’ homes via Zoom.

How It Works

This event will take place online. At the time of booking, you’ll be sent an email with an e-ticket attached.

The e-ticket will contain two links to our website. The first link will first take you to a login screen, as access to the event will be tied to your Nottingham Playhouse account. Please enter the email and password you used at the point of booking.

Once logged in, the second link will take you to the page where the event will be hosted. If you are testing the link in advance (which we recommend you do to avoid delays on the day), you’ll see a message letting you know you’re in the right place.

On the day of the event, simply repeat the above process. Once you reach the event page, you’ll see a Zoom screen has appeared on the page as the event will be ran as a Zoom webinar. You don’t need a Zoom login, but if you’d like to create a free account you can do this here.

Anyone wanting to ask a question can do so via the Q and A function. This can be anonymous, or with your name attached. We’ll also ask if you’d like to turn on your microphone and ask the question yourself. It’s completely up to you!

If you don’t receive your e-ticket straight away after purchasing, please check your spam/junk folders. You can find help and advice about our digital performances on our FAQs page.

Please note, this event will be recorded for archive purposes. Only those who unmute/share their video for the Q and A will be shown. 


Daniel Boyd
Charlie Peaceful Daniel Boyd
Matthew Flynn
Father/Colonel/Sgt Hanley Matthew Flynn
Vincent Lai
Big Joe/Pilot/Lt Buckland Vincent Lai
Emma Manton
Mother/Grandma Wolf Emma Manton
Daniel Rainford
Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful Daniel Rainford
Liyah Summers
Molly/Anna Liyah Summers


Author Michael Morpurgo
Writer Simon Reade
Director Elle While
Composer Frank Moon


This event will be captioned. We will update this page with information about which captioning service will be used shortly.

Private Peaceful is sponsored by