Find out more about Charlie Peace

Monday 30th September 2013

Here to win one of three fantastic books? Scroll down for further information.


Full of humour, music and riotous fun Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend tells the story of one of the great villains of the Victorian age. A master of disguise, he committed crime under many names and his antics made him a man of legend in his own time. This roller-coaster of a show takes you on his journey from petty thief to notorious criminal; from villain to hero.

See the trailer – catch him if you can


Throughout the rehearsal process Neil Bull, Assistant Director on Charlie Peace, has been keeping a weekly blog of the rehearsal process, charting the process of how we craft and create an exciting piece of new theatre, from page to stage.

Before the rehearsals begin
A context of the times of Charlie Peace: Victorian Britain 1837 – 1901
Week one, part one – the first read through
Week one, part two – looking back to travelling theatre troupes
Week two, part one – it’s how you say it
Week two, part two – getting ‘sent down’ to the Galleries of Justice
Week three – a song flows into a scene; meeting Backstage Pass Members  

Nottingham Post follows progress of Charlie Peace

The Nottingham Post have been charting the progress of the show coming together; from the set being built to opening night.

Setting the stage for a menacing life of Peace | 11-8-2013
A man for all season! | 15-8-0213
How Barney is creating Peace for our time | 29-8-2013
Charlie Peace: Read throughs begin at Nottingham Playhouse | 13-9-2013

Rogues gallery

Assistant Director, Neil Bull, has also been taking photos throughout the rehearsal process. The above picture sees the cast emulating the pose of Charlie Peace as per the original illustration renowned graphic artist Eddie Campbell produced for the show. It has subsequently been nicknamed ‘rogues gallery’.

Top left to right: Peter Duncan, Bridie Higson, Mia Soteriou, Philip Rham
Bottom left to right: Norman Pace, Nicholas Goode, Charlie De Bromhead, Alex Mugnaioni

Neil also interviewed Peter and Norman ahead of the production week for the show.

Peter Duncan
Norman Pace

Other interviews:

Peter Duncan and Norman on BBC Radio Nottingham (available until Tuesday 8 October)
Writer Michael Eaton talks to Leftlion

Visit the Galleries of Justice Museum

Until Sunday 3 November, The Galleries of Justice Museum is staging a special exhibition on the life and crimes of the real Charlie Peace. It will be a perfect experience to accompany a visit to Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend. Click here for more information.

Your chance to win three fantastic books

To celebrate the opening night of Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend and the graphic art by renowned graphic artist Eddie Campbell that is used in the show, Page 45 – @pagefortyfive – have very kindly donated three fantastic books: From Hell by Alan Moore and illustrated by Eddie Campbell, The From Hell Companion by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell and Alec “The Years Have Pants” (A Life-Sized Omnibus).

If you have bought a ticket already or buy a ticket to see Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend before Thursday 10 October at 2pm, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of these three books.

Winners will be drawn at 4pm on Thursday 10 October and notified by Tuesday 15 October at the latest. Owing to the size of the books we will not be able to post them out to the winners. We ask that the winners arrange to collect their book directly from Nottingham Playhouse.

#charliepeace #np50

To book your tickets for Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend click here.

Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend is a co-production with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry. The show premieres at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday 4 October and runs until Saturday 19 October. It then plays at Belgrade Theatre Coventry from Saturday 26 October until Saturday 16 November.