Birdsong (2014)

Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong (2014)

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.

Following on from the success of the 2013 tour seen by over 75,000 people, Birdsong, a mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought back to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel in the 100th centenary year since the outbreak of World War One.

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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.

Following on from the success of the 2013 tour seen by over 75,000 people, Birdsong, a mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought back to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel in the 100th centenary year since the outbreak of World War One.

The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Gala Theatre, Durham

The Rep, Birmingham

York Theatre Royal, York

The Connaught, Worthing

Theatre Clwyd, Mold

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal Winchester

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Everyman Theatre, Cork

The New Theatre, Hull

Cast, Doncaster

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Dundee Rep, Dundee

Curve, Leicester

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Swindon, Swindon

The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

“Finally gets the staging it deserves.”

★★★★

The Times (and Critics Choice)


“Does the book justice.”

★★★★

The Daily Mail


“This is a highly crafted show and comes highly recommended.”

Whats on Stage


“It may well be one of the most memorable pieces of Theatre you are ever likely to witness.”

The British Theatre Guide


“a stunning and emotional piece of theatre with strong performances.”

The Daily Echo


“It is impossible not to be moved.”

Salisbury Journal


“Peter Duncan gives the performance of his life.”

The Fine Times Recorder


‘Heartbreakingly beautiful, powerful and poignant. Go see it; it may well be one of the most memorable pieces of theatre you are ever likely to witness.’

British Theatre Guide


“I got goosebumps and not long after I was in floods of tears. I cannot recommend Birdsong enough – just remember to bring some tissues. “

Northern Echo


‘A beautiful, yet heart-rending, tribute to the millions who have lost their lives to war.’

Sunderland Echo


The performances were near faultless…Birdsong is not an easy story, but it helps us to understand. No play can hope to achieve more than that.’

Stagetalk Magazine


Birdsong is a masterpiece in every respect. Outstanding. Stunning. Superb.

East Anglian Daily Times


A co production with Birdsong Productions

Cast

Peter Duncan

George Banks

Carolin Stolz

Simon LLoyd

Selma Brook

James Staddon

Jonny Clarke

Malcolm James

Lucy Gratton

Director: Alastair Whatley

Designer: Victoria Speaing

Lighting Designer: Alex Wardle

Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey

Costume Design: Ed Holland

Military Advisor: Tom Green

Education Officer: Liam McCormick

TSM: Gareth Moss

DSM: Lauren Barclay

Production shots: Jack Ladenburg

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