The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord.

Their fierce loyalty to each other 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 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.


“This simple tale delivers its emotional impact with full force”
The Times
“ Top-notch visceral theatre graced with extraordinarily smart acting throughout.”
5 rating
“Will undoubtedly prove a hit with audiences all over the country.”
British Theatre Guide
“You can pretty much guarantee good theatre at Nottingham Playhouse: this story no exception”
4 rating
The Reviews Hub


Daniel Boyd
Charlie Peaceful Daniel Boyd
John Dougall
James Peaceful, Mr Munnings, Grandma Wolf, Sergeant Major, Sergeant Hanley, Captain Wilkes, Estaminet Owner John Dougall
Robert Ewens
Big Joe, Soldier and Orderly Robert Ewens
Tom Kanji
The Colonel, Jimmy Parsons, Pilot, Lieutenant Buckland and Pete Tom Kanji
Emma Manton
Hazel Peaceful, Army Chaplain, and Soldier Emma Manton
Daniel Rainford
Tommo Peaceful Daniel Rainford
Liyah Summers
Molly, Anna and Soldier Liyah Summers
Abigail Hood
Understudy Abigail Hood


Author Michael Morpurgo
Writer Simon Reade
Director Elle While
Designer Lucy Sierra
Lighting Designer Matt Haskins
Sound Designer Dan Balfour
Movement Director Neil Bettles
Composer Frank Moon
Casting Director Ginny Schiller CDG

COVID Guarantee

We’re so pleased to be welcoming audiences back to the venue but would like to reassure you that, should your booking be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be offered a refund, account credit or a ticket exchange (where available), giving you peace of mind when you book.



Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on full price tickets.

Discount will be automatically applied on the ‘Checkout’ screen. Book up to 20 tickets online with the groups discount, discounts vary per performance and are subject to availability.

See the list of discounted performances on the Group Discounts Page.

Have a large group looking to attend? Please email and a member of the team will be able to assist.


See the Private Peaceful Insight Pack here.

Show tickets for school pupils are £12 each (one teacher goes free with every 10 tickets purchased). Find out more about School Visits here and book by calling Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Post-show interactive Q&As after Schools Performances (excludes 10.15am and 7pm shows)

Join us straight after the show to hear from members of the cast. Your pupils will have the chance to ask their own questions in this session which will last approximately 30 minutes.


An extra £1.50 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you. (Postage free to Playhouse Pass members.)

Private Peaceful On Tour

Can’t make it to see Private Peaceful at Nottingham Playhouse? Following our Nottingham premiere, Private Peaceful tours around the UK until July 2022. See the tour dates here.



We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description for this production.

Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.