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Private Peaceful - Nottingham Playhouse and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, which runs at the venue from March 27 to April 11, 2020.

It will then tour to Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre (April 21–25), Plymouth’s Theatre Royal (April 28 – May 2), Richmond Theatre (May 5–9) and Oxford Playhouse (May 12-16).

Acknowledged by Morpurgo as his favourite work, this adaptation is a new ensemble-version by Simon Reade. It follows the adventures of Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie – starting with their childhood adventures in rural England.

However, things take a turn as both brothers fall for the same girl just as the Great War begins – with devastating events unfolding as a result.

Daniel Boyd (4000 Miles, The Print Room and The Shoemaker’s Holliday, RSC) is confirmed to play Charlie Peaceful, with younger brother Tommo Peaceful played by Daniel Rainford (Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem, Old Red Lion Theatre and Doctors, BBC One).

Liyah Summers (Maydays, RSC and Velveteen Rabbit at Everyman Theatre Cheltenham) will play the brothers’ love interest, Molly, as well as a selection of other characters.

Vincent Lai (Wild Goose Dreams, Theatre Royal Bath and The King of Hell’s Palace, Hampstead Theatre) is confirmed to play Big Joe – another Peaceful brother – as well as a pilot, and Lt Buckland.

Emma Manton (The Wind in the Willows, New Vic Theatre and Confusions, Stephen Joseph Theatre) will play Mother and Grandma Wolf.

Matthew Flynn (The Crucible, Storyhouse and Finding Alice, BBC) will return to Nottingham Playhouse after previously playing Romeo in Romeo & Juliet in 2012, and will be playing Father, Colonel and Sgt Hanley.

The production will be directed by Elle While (The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It and Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe and the 2017/2018 Revival director for the UK and International tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).

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