Birdsong (2013)

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Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong (2013)

As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme, only comforted by the memory of former lover Isabelle Azaire as his world explodes around him.

A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel, on it’s first ever UK tour.

The Details

Show, venue, reviews, cast and production details

A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel. An epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War.

In pre war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that their turns their world upside down.

As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep under ground.

Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

Recently aired over Christmas on BBC 1 and following on from the hit West End production in 2010, this brand new adaptation marks the very first touring production of the play.

Bath Theatre Royal

Cambridge Arts

Theatre Royal Norwich

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Theatre Royal Nottiingham

Theatre Royal Windsor

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Theatre Royal Brighton

Church Hill Theatre, Bromley

Milton Keynes Theatre

Palace Theatre, Southend

Glasgow Theatre Royal,

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Derby Theatre

Hawth Theatre, Crawley

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

New Wolsey, Ipswich

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


“It left me choked up and blinking back the tears at the end.”

★★★★

The Daily Telegraph


“a moving offering… strong performances… a clever adaptation which never scrimps on storyline and characterisation.”

★★★★

Manchester Evening News


“A moving and stunning performance”

★★★★★

WhatsOnStage


“A tribute to the OTC”

★★★★★

The Public Reviews


“This show is so-o-o good.. a stirring piece of theatre. I was moved to tears.”

★★★★★

Remote Goat


“A most excellent evening”

★★★★★

Trip Advisor UK


“The audience were too stunned to move by the raw emotional power of this stunning piece of theatre.”

★★★★

This Is Cornwall


“ambitiously realised”

★★★★

The Herald, Scotland


“ACHINGLY beautiful.. moving.. incredible.. a poignant and heartbreaking mix that will haunt you long after you leave the theatre.”

★★★★

Coventry Telegraph


“Excellent.. Captivating.”

★★★★

South Wales Echo


“Impeccable.. phenomenally good performances.. simply amazing.. near perfection.”

★★★★

Behind the Arras


“Birdsong is a well – rounded, fluid production which reminds of the sacrifices and horrors imposed on men in war”

★★★★

entertainment.ie


“Ingenious.. poignant.. a superbly crafted production.”

The Stage


“Stunning, compelling, powerful – if you see one play this year, make it Birdsong.”

Folkstone Herald


“You’ll be gripped to the very last sound of the night: Birdsong.”

Northampton Chronicle


“You will leave with a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye so take some tissues.”

Leighton Buzzard Observer


“The show prompted half a standing ovation on Tuesday night in Truro – I think the other half were too stunned to move by the raw emotional power of this stunning piece of theatre.”

This Is Cornwall


“A spectacular and moving production.”

TG2 Surrey


“I will be amazed if this isn’t transferred into the West End once it has finished touring”

Guildford Dragon


“One of those rare gems that draws you into the action and the emotions and leaves you feeling as if you’d lived a lifetime with them.. though you may need a handkerchief to mop up the tears.”

The Farnham Herald


“..the silent burden of loss and the Great War’s legacy, ensures that this one will stay with you as you leave.”

Basingstoke Gazette


“The production was close to perfect.. beautifully bittersweet.. incredible”

Broadway World


“A splendid production by The Original Theatre Company.. skillfully directed.. superbly realised.. a powerful performance”

British Theatre Guide


“Should not be missed.”

Worcester News


A co production with Birdsong Productions

Arthur Bostrom

Charlie G Hawkins

Joshua Higgott

Polly Hughes

Malcolm James

Sarah Jayne Dunn

Liam McCormick

Jonathan Smith

Emily Stride

Poppy Roe

Tim Van Eyken

Creative Team

Director: Alastair Whatley

Designer: Victoria Speaing

Lighting Designer: Alex Wardle

Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey

Costume Designer: Ed Holland

Military Advisor: Tony Green

Education Officer: Liam McCormick

Education Administrator: Kate Reynolds

TSM: Gareth Moss

DSM: Lauren Barclay

Production shots: Jack Ladenburg

Tour Blog

Find out more about Birdsong (2013) on the road

Read Blog

Production Photos

See our theatre company in action!

Rehearsal Photos

A candid look behind the scenes…

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