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Brighton Journal | 20th October 2019

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Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ Heads to Brighton to Commemorate WWI Centenary

Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ Heads to Brighton to Commemorate WWI Centenary
Hannah Midgley

A recent production of Michael Morpurgo’s bestselling novel, ‘Private Peaceful’, will be heading to Brighton’s Theatre Royal this Autumn, in order to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.


Following a hugely successful stint at Edinburgh Fringe, the show will run at Theatre Royal from Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th October, when Scamp Theatre‘s award winning production will once again bring to life Morpurgo’s heartbreaking story of a young British soldier, forced to face his own army’s firing squad at dawn.


Michael Morpurgo has stated that his inspiration for the novel, which captured the hearts of children and adults alike, came from a visit to the French town of Ypres, where he was shocked to learn just how many British soldiers were sentenced to be shot for cowardice by members of their own army, and seeks to pay respect to, and honour the families of those sentenced to such a fate in ‘Private Peaceful.’ In 2006 all soldier who were court-martialled were finally granted posthumous pardons by the British Government.


Of the recent adaptation of his novel, Michael Morpurgo, who is the third Children’s Laureate, has said: ‘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’.


Whilst the show received a fantastic reception in Edinburgh, it’s visit to Brighton is guaranteed to be particularly special, due to lead actor, Andy Daniel’s particular love for the Theatre Royal, which he has described as a “magical” place to perform.


Daniel has also commented on his happiness at being part of such a production, as well as it’s importance:

“It is such a privilege to be coming back to perform in Private Peaceful. Tommo is such a joyful character and playing him again feels like saying hello to an old, dear friend. The piece itself is incredibly special and it is so important that we continue finding ways to educate and enlighten the younger generation about the horrors and hardships of WW1, something I think this show definitely does.”


Private Peaceful will be at Theatre Royal Brighton 4th – 6th October 2018,  tickets start at £13, available via website.

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