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Private Peaceful to run in the West End next month and at Bristol Old Vic in October

The Barn Theatre's production will be visiting stops over the next two months

Emily Costello and James Demaine
© Eve Dunlop

The stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful has announced a West End run and a few performances at Bristol Old Vic.

Heading to the Old Vic for four shows from 21 to 24 October, the piece will then be performed at the Garrick Theatre from 7 to 22 November.

Bristol Old Vic's artistic director Tom Morris said: "The Barn Theatre is a perfect example of the entrepreneurialism which characterises our creative industries. In less than three years, it has established itself as one of the Westcountry's most significant venues, with a vibrant mission to inspire and entertain its audiences.

"It has responded to the pandemic with swiftness and invention, winning widespread recognition and acclaim. We're thrilled to be able to join in and celebrate that success by bringing director Alex Knott's brilliant reinterpretation of Private Peaceful to Bristol on its way to the West End."

The piece follows Tommo Peaceful, who reflects on his life both before and on the battlefield during the First World War. It stars Emily Costello and James Demaine.

The production is directed by Alexander Knott, with Zöe Grain as associate director and movement director and composition by James Demaine. Sound design is by Harry Smith (Henry V) and lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner (Henry V).

Michael Morpurgo said of the transfer: "Private Peaceful, the play adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, has had a long and remarkable journey. From book to play to film, the story has grown in stature with each transformation. But perhaps now has been the most remarkable moment.

"With theatres shut down all over the country, The Barn Theatre in Cirencester decided to put on its first indoor show, one of the first in the country, a new co-production by BoxLess Theatre and Take Two Theatrical of Private Peaceful, taking all necessary precautions, a production that has garnered glowing reviews, and is shortly on its way to the Garrick Theatre in London. This is our theatre at its courageous best: powerful, innovative, unforgettable. Theatre is on its way back, coming home!"

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