Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War 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 injustices of war that brought him to the front line.... Read more >>
Running time: 2h inc interval
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War 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 injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. 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.
***** ‘Charming, witty, emotional and heart-rending’
British Theatre Guide
**** 'The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show.'
***** 'An infinitely touching, intensely acted account of a young First World War Soldier’s final day.'
***** 'As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…'
The Sunday Herald
'Morpurgo’s magic, a masterly adaptation by Simon Reade …. This is one hour of your own life you will never forget.'
'Daniel’s portrayal is unfaltering and utterly compelling.'
Most suitable for ages 8+
Booking fees will be added to each ticket as follows:
General Tickets: £12.00 - £30.00 + Booking Fees: £1.00 - £1.90
In addition, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £1.95 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect.
We have many accessible performances and offerings available including Audio Described, Captioned, BSL and Relaxed Performances and Dementia Friendly Screenings.
Please contact Access Champion Marion Byrne to request the Visual Story, find out more about our accessible offerings and to join our Access Membership Scheme where you can book concession tickets online, by phone or in person. Click here to contact Marion.
There are eight wheelchair positions with companion seats, six in the stalls and two in Circle 1
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has an infra-red sound amplification system with headsets and necklaces. Necklace: Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset: This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are separate, accessible toilet facilities located at each of the principal seating levels.
The Chiltern Rail service links Aylesbury with London Marylebone. The town's station is a five minute walk from the Theatre.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is located within 200 metres of Aylesbury's main bus station.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is a landmark building conveniently located on the edge of Aylesbury Town Centre, on the corner of Exchange Street and Walton Street.
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Groups Bookings: 0333 009 5394 Calls charged at local rate.
Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
Stage Door / Admin:* 01296 74 5100
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.
Box Office Counter Sales:
The Box Office is situated in the main foyer of the theatre and is open Mon - Sat 10am until 15mins after the last performance begins.
On days where there are no performances we close at 5pm.
On Sundays and Public Holidays we are closed unless there is a performance in which case we open 2 hours prior to the show and close 15mins after the last performance begins.