Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful

@ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

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13 September 2018 - 15 September 2018

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

The adaptation of the book, directed by Simon Reade and touring the UK directly from London’s West End, relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father, his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and justices of war that bought him to the front line.

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.” – Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful is the latest addition to Tyne Theatre & Opera House’s wonderful programme of shows that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and there are more stage adaptations of much-loved children’s books throughout the year.

Celebrate the Easter weekend with Beauty & the Beast Easter Panto from Enchanted Entertainment, the same team behind 2017’s Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Christmas Panto and last year’s Easter Panto, The Wizard of Oz. This fun-filled pantomime features CBBC’s Tracy Beaker, and Strictly Come Dancing star Dani Harmer, and comedy legend Bobby Davro. Expect energetic dance routines, dazzling production numbers, plenty of jokes and heaps of audience participation!

On Saturday 14th April join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Richard Cadell direct from CITV for the Sooty and Friends Magic Show. With guaranteed giggles for the whole family, this show will also feature special guest magicians, Clivo & Jeani (the magical clowns) and the award winning Graeme Shaw.

Four terrific tales, one superb show… the team behind Stick Man Live, Freckle Productions, bring Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales to life from Friday 20th to Saturday 21st April. Due to huge demand, a fifth show has recently been added at 4.30pm on Saturday 21st.

The glittering adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ What the Ladybird Heard comes to the stage from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June. Recommended for ages 3+, What the Ladybird Heard sees Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow but the tiniest, quietest creature, The Ladybird has plans of her own..

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus, Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular, Cirque Berserk! explodes onto the Tyne Theatre stage from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th June. Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! combines cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fueled stunt action in a show that will thrill the whole family. Don’t miss it!

Adapted from the bestselling Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You All Year Round collection, join Little & Big Nutbrown Hare in Guess How Much I Love You, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in a magical journey through the seasons from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd September. The book is bought to life by Selladoor Family, the producers behind James and The Giant Peach.

Theatre director Joanne Johnson says: “At Tyne Theatre & Opera House we believe that a trip to the theatre is something for the whole family to enjoy, so I am thrilled to have such a varied line-up of wonderful family shows in our 2018 programme, including some delightful stage adaptations of much-loved children’s books. There’s something for everyone, from the age of 2 to 92!”

Tyne Theatre & Opera House
117 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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